The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson really wanted to forget making those movies.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 60-year-old filmmaker explained why he wanted to forget all about Middle Earth… and it was for a very good reason.
“When we did The Lord of the Rings movies I always felt I was the unlucky person who never got to see as a coming-out-of-the-blue film,” he said. “By the time they were screening, I was immersed in it for five or six years. It was such a loss for me not be able to see them like everyone else.”
Jackson was instrumental in bringing The Lord of the Rings to the big screen, starting with The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001. He followed it up with The Two Towers in 2002 and finally The Return of the King in 2004.
Additionally, Jackson followed them up with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as well as its sequels, The Desolation of Smaug, and The Battle of the Five Armies. That’s a lot of Tolkien over the years.
But he still years to watch the movies solely as a fan.
“I actually did seriously consider going to some hypnotherapy guy to hypnotize me to make me forget about the films and the work I had done over the last six or seven years so I could sit and enjoy them,” he said. “I didn’t follow through with it, but I did talk to [British mentalist] Derren Brown about that and he thought he could do it.”
Thankfully, he didn’t go through with it and still remembers making the Lord of Rings films… and Amazon, who made the upcoming Lord of the Rings show The Rings of Power were all too aware of his contributions, too.
Even if they did end up ghosting him after asking for his help.
The Lord of the Rings Movies in (Chronological) Order