Peter Jackson is the victim of his own success. As with anyone who creates something special (or special to you) you’re so focused on the act; not the end product. Now, imagine you created something actually special…
That was the case for the man behind epic fantasy feature film The Lord of the Rings.
So Jackson said he considered seeing a hypnotist to try to forget what he made. No really. He did it so he could enjoy the flicks as a regular fan.
“When we did the Lord of the Rings movies, I always felt I was the unlucky person who never got to see [them] as a coming-out-of-the-blue film,” Jackson said on The Hollywood Reporter‘s Awards Chatter podcast. “By the time they were screening, I was immersed in it for five or six years. It was such a loss for me not be able to see them like everyone else.
“I actually did seriously consider going to some hypnotherapy guy to hypnotize me to make me forget about the films and the work I had done over the last six or seven years, so I could sit and enjoy them. I didn’t follow through with it, but I did talk to [British mentalist] Derren Brown about that and he thought he could do it.”
Of course, it’s not all bad that Jackson had to remember the trilogy. After all, it has grossed nearly $3 billion and claimed 10 Academy Awards. That’s something worth remembering, no?
Anyway, Jackson will also be able to watch Amazon’s new series, The Lord of The Rings: Rings of Power without any hypnosis. He wasn’t involved in the show — as he said the producers offered to send him the script and look it over, but never followed through.
Well… what is Peter Jackson working on?
Jackson’s latest effort, a documentary series on the The Beatles entitled Get Back, is now streaming on Disney+.