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
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I always trusted him. If there was a way that I had seen something and he had seen it differently, I would... trust his vision. We were in brilliant hands. -- Elijah Wood
on filming "The Lord of the Rings", December 14, 2003.
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.