Actor departs Lord of the Rings

Tom Budge exits epic drama shooting in NZ after Amazon Prime "decided to go in another direction" with his character.

Australian actor Tom Budge has departed Amazon Prime’s upcoming Lord of the Rings, shooting in New Zealand, but details surrounding the news have not been fully disclosed.

Budge, who has already filmed multiple episodes, was cast in the show but his character was never confirmed.

“It is with great sadness that I am writing to tell you I have departed Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings television series,” Budge wrote on Instagram. “After recently seeing the first episodes shot over the last year Amazon has decided to go in another direction with the character I was portraying…

“I must thank the creative team for their encouragement towards trying something that I believed was new, exciting and beautiful. And I sincerely thank the extraordinary cast and crew for their love, support and friendship over what has been a very difficult and unusual experience. Alas, some things just cannot be.”

His post included an early Johnny Cash performance of Ring of Fire with the lyrics, “I fell into a burning ring of fire, and it burns, burns, burns….”

An Amazon Prime spokesperson confirmed the departure.

Via: Games Radar


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