LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA In December of 2000 Peter Jackson witnessed The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring premiere at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. On February 6, 2004 he returned to a sold out crowd and a warm reception as the American Cinematheque screened Fellowship. Fans started lining up at around 4pm for the 7:30pm screening which was followed by a Q & A with PJ hosted by Christopher Connelly
PJ seemed relaxed and pleased to be in a room full of fans. The legendary Forrest (Forry) J. Ackerman began the evening by presenting Mr. Jackson with a special award in the form of a permanent seat in the gloriously restored Graumanns Egyptian Theatre. PJ explained to the audience how Forrys former magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland inspired him by letting him know that there were other people in the world like me. PJ said Its so important to try to encourage the next generation.
PJ later said that they didnt have a cinema in the town where he grew up, and he couldnt go to the movies until he was ten years old when his parents allowed him to take the train to the theater in a neighboring town. He credits King Kong as the film that inspired him to direct. (An ambition he acquired at age nine.)
On describing his choice of Howard Shore for composing the score of LOTR, PJ explained that He does what I call dark beauty, very well. PJ spoke of how he and Fran Walsh liked Shores scores for The Fly, and Silence of the Lambs and used bits of these scores as temporary tracks while editing the first cut of FOTR.
In answering a question from a fan, PJ elaborated on what The Lord of the Rings meant to him by saying that The Lord of the Rings is a movie against enslavement [its] about finding your free will.