In 1986, after meeting assistant director Costa Botes
, Peter Jackson did some freelance special effects for New Zealand TV series Worzel Gummidge
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Sir Peter Jackson
5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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[on filming the J.R.R. Tolkien
fantasies] I am a lifelong Buster Keaton
fan. I am not saying I am approaching his genius, but we are able to make things exciting and provide bits of visual humour as we do.
In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he cast Ian Holm
as Bilbo because he had previously played Frodo in the BBC Radio adaptation, thus allowing Holm to have played the heroes of both of Tolkien's major works. In the Hobbit trilogy, Benedict Cumberbatch
plays both Smaug and the Necromancer, a character later revealed to be Sauron, thus allowing Cumberbatch to have played both major villains.
Frequently wears shorts, even in freezing cold weather