I’ve never written before and I don’t know if what I have to say is useful, but I wanted to let you know that I just happened to turn on PBS here in
Chicagoland at 0100 and caught PJ on with Charlie Rose. He seems to be everything positive that everyone says about him; open, warm, intelligent,
exuberant and very disheveled. This being the first time I had ever seen him speak at length, I was extremely impressed with him. He spoke at length
and with great and intimate knowledge not only on The Lord of the Rings itself but especially about Tolkien himself, his history, his vision, his desire to create a mythology for Britain. He was very near enchanting; one can see why so many people, especially actors, spoke so highly of him. He seems every bit the fan he is made out to be.
As for specifics, one thing of interest I thought was his discussion of his re-cut of FOTR for the DVD. He steered away from calling it a “director’s cut” because he said the version in theater’s IS the director’s cut but that he really enjoyed having this format to put in all the character development moments that had to be excised from the theatrical release. He hedged on any specifics when pressed slightly by Charlie Rose; perhaps to keep Rose from saying “Aragon” any more than he already did.
Anyway, just wanted to give a quick review of PJ on CR. Hope it helps.