Peter Jackson “Seriously Considered” Hypnotism To Forget “The Lord of the Rings”

Peter Jackson earned his renown with The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but that closeness to the project meant he could never enjoy the films himself like audiences did. To understand the joy audiences felt, he “seriously considered” undergoing hypnotherapy to forget making them.

He told The Hollywood Reporter:

“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. 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.”

While there is evidence to suggest that hypnotherapy works as part of a program to assist with weight loss or to quit smoking, there is little evidence to suggest that it can remove whole swathes of your memory.

It is for this reason that Jackson is keen to see Amazon’s upcoming The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power. I bet he is thankful now that Amazon, despite promises to send him scripts, never followed through with them.

The Rings of Power is set during the Second Age and will highlight Sauron’s initial rise to power. This is set thousands of years before Jackson’s films so while we get to see some of our Elven favourites, you won’t see Frodo or Aragorn. The show is set to premier on Sept. 2 on Prime Video.

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