While promoting their new podcast “The Friendship Onion” during an interview with IGN
(via Total Film
), “Lord of the Rings
” actors Dominic Monaghan
and Billy Boyd
revealed the studio pressures Peter Jackson
faced to kill off one of the four hobbits by the end of his “Rings
” film trilogy. Monaghan and Boyd played the hobbits Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck and Peregrin “Pippin” Took, while Sean Astin
and Elijah Wood
starred as Samwise Gamgee and Frodo Baggins, respectively. All four survive the trilogy.
IGN reports that Boyd and Monaghan revealed a time when “Peter Jackson was being pressured from above to have one of the four Hobbits die in the film, even though they survived in the books. Luckily, Jackson didn’t succumb to the demands of the producers.” And if he did, Monaghan said it most likely would have been Merry on the chopping block.
“It’s a good job that didn’t happen,