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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Fun Facts: Lord of the Rings - Return of the King

Fun Facts: Lord of the Rings - Return of the King

• Peter Jackson is arachnophobic and based the Shelob design on the types of spiders he feared the most.

• A normal major motion picture averages about 200 effects shots. This film had 1488.

• Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood were given prop rings used in the movie by director Peter Jackson. They each thought they got the only one.

• The movie made a 1408% profit for New Line Studios on their initial outlay.

• Viggo Mortensen estimates that, during the course of filming the entire trilogy and including all takes, he "killed" every stuntman on the production at least fifty times.

• 100,000 people lined the streets of Wellington for the world premiere. That's roughly a quarter of the city's population.

• Broke the international box office record for an opening weekend, bringing in nearly $250 million.

• The only film to win more than 10 Academy Awards without receiving a single acting nomination.

• This is the second movie featuring Bernard Hill that earned eleven Academy Awards. The first was Titanic (1997).

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