Sean Astin talks about distractions through the making of Lord of the Rings and a scene that took endlessly to nail

When is a tennis ball not a tennis ball? The bizarre answer in Hollywood is that a tennis ball is not a tennis ball when attached to the end of a long racket, and the replacement for a creature, dinosaur, or giant spider is supposed to be an afterthought in post-production. We often hear these stories from actors about fighting a creature that is not on the scene with them. Motion capture experts like Andy Serkis helped fill that void, putting Gollum in the key scenes of Lord of the Rings versus actors like Elijah Wood and Sean Astin. But sometimes the actor really has to pretend, and Astin tells a story about when (and why) that got too difficult.

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