Lawrence Makoare

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Lawrence Makoare
Lifetime20 March 1968
PortrayedLurtz, in:
 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
PortrayedWitch-king, Gothmog in:
 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
PortrayedBolg in:
 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

New Zealand actor Lawrence Makoare (born 1968) played Lurtz and Gothmog in The Lord of the Rings (film series), and Bolg via performance-capture in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. He also played the Witch-king during the battle scene with Éowyn in The Return of the King.

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"My whole body, literally head to toe was covered in prosthetics. The head came in 5 pieces, the body came in all different stages, my arms, and my chest was glued on, my legs, feet, fingers, and hands! Every-single-part of my body was completely covered!"
― Lawrence Makoare, interview
"(on losing a limb to Aragorn) "It was really weird, I thought they would use a blue sock or something to cover my arm, so they can use the blue screen effect, but they didn't. We were in the forest just like you see it, I was asking them if they want me to hold my arm behind my back and the WETA digital guys just said 'no it's ok, we'll take care of it later'."
― Lawrence Makoare, interview
"You know how it is if you're running in a coat and you get hot? You can take the coat off. Not me. As soon as we were finished filming about four people would crowd round me sticking icepacks down my neck! They lasted about two minutes."
― Lawrence Makoare. BBC Interview

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