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 Post subject: Hugo Weaving (Elrond) as Agent Smith in The Matrix Trilogy
PostPosted: July 4th, 2012, 6:48 pm 
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I've seen The Matrix trilogy a few times now (and LOVE it), but I never realized that Hugo Weaving played both Elrond and Agent Smith.
His performance is extremely powerful and convincing - to get an idea of what I'm talking about, watch this: .

Any Matrix / Agent Smith fans, feel free to start a discussion!

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 Post subject: Re: Hugo Weaving (Elrond) as Agent Smith in The Matrix Trilo
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Sadly, all I could see in LotR was 'Agent Elrond Smith'.

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 Post subject: Re: Hugo Weaving (Elrond) as Agent Smith in The Matrix Trilo
PostPosted: September 26th, 2017, 10:26 am 
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Well, the first Matrix film was released in 2000, prior to FoTR (as was the first X-Men with Ian McKellen as Magneto in 2000), while films two and three just predated RoTK in 2003 (as did the second X-Men movie). So both Hugo Weaving and Ian McKellen had at least the first film of a Sci-fi series to their credit before Fellowship (probably more, but I confess to being ignorant here). But Elrond was quite the on-the-fringe character in LoTR (not quite so on-the-fringe in TH), while Agent Smith was the numero uno baddie in Matrix (and McKellen the baddie boss in X-Men – both “switched sides” for Middl-earth).

So besides a very lop-sided screen-time difference between the films, being the baddie puts pretty much every actor or actress in a position to ham it up (the baddies are often referred to as the “juicier” roles). And then of course the problem any actor / actress had of being hampered in any attempts to “strut their stuff” by the restrictions of High Fantasy in general and LoTR in particular (I believe McKellen was the only one to get an Oscar nomination for an actor /actress category, for supporting role in FoTR). And how exactly do you portray a 6500-year-old Elf???

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