Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson thinks about undergoing hypnosis to forget his epic movies and watch them like the first time.
The trilogy films are one of the most successful fantasy movies of the early 2000s. It brought to life the wonderful world of Middle-Earth created by J.R.R. Tolkien and earned almost $3 billion at the box office. Its final installment, Return of the King, won eleven Oscars.
The A-list cast includes Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Sean Bean, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, and Christopher Lee.
On Watching Lord Of The Rings For The First Time
In his podcast interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jackson confessed he feels bad that he could not enjoy the films as a fan would. Years of working on the trilogy robbed him of the opportunity to look at it with fresh eyes.
“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. By the time there were screenings, I was immersed in it for five or six years. It was such a loss for me not to be able to see them like everyone else.”
The director, in fact, considered going to great lengths, such as undergoing hypnosis to clear his memories of the films.
“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. 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.”
With the upcoming TV adaptation of Rings of Power, Jackson says he is excited to see it. Now, this will hopefully grant the director’s wish to see anything LOTR-related for the first time.