The Lord Of The Rings: Return of The King: In an exclusive interview for the official movie website for the film, Karl Urban, who plays 'Eomer' in The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers and the upcoming Return Of The King, talked extensively about his role in the thrid and final act of the trilogy:
Eomer probably spends as much time on horseback as any character in the trilogy. How did you prepare for that?
Eomer's a consummate horseman and I was nowhere near that level, so I invested a lot of time learning-six to eight weeks, five days a week, two hours a day. I wanted to get to the point where I could neck reign-hold control of the animal with one hand while leaving the other hand free to wield a sword. I wanted to be so at one with the horse that I wasn't conscious or concerned about what the horse was doing.
Did you feel like you were living the character after a while?
Absolutely. When you're under that armor all day long and on hoseback all day long, riding with your troop behind you, it's very easy to let your imagination go and just be there.
If you had to boil Eomer down to his essence, what would that be?
He's very forceful, proud of being a Rohan warrior, but a little bit hot-headed. His job description is Orc killer-that is what he does. He's the protector of Rohan. He's out there doing the dirty work, and trying not to lose hope under extraordinarily trying circumstances.
Did Peter Jackson give you any specific direction for Eomer?
I never had any in-depth discussion with Peter about the psychology of Eomer, or how the death of his parents may have affected him as a young man. Besides, any questions you need to ask are answered in the book, where you get to see how your piece of the puzzle fits in with the bigger picture. That's not a luxury you have on other projects.
Between wrangling with Wormtongue and battling at Helm's Deep, the mood on the set must have been intense at times.
I think Viggo Mortensen summed it up best with a note he wrote above his makeup mirror: "Adapt and overcome." That just gives you a little insight into the attitude that you had to have.