Peter Jackson doesn’t know how to use email.
The award-winning director is the creative force behind The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which features lots of impressive-looking special effects, but Peter concedes he still struggles with technology despite using it to bring the books of J. R. R. Tolkien to life.
Speaking at the London press conference for the new film – which stars Sir Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom and Martin Freeman – yesterday (12.02.14), the 53-year-old director explained: ”Once we knew we were doing the Tolkien movies, we had to create battle scenes and we had to write software. We had to create characters and creatures that didn’t exist, so the technology is always driven by the needs of the story you’re telling.
”If 17 years ago, instead of doing ‘The Lord of the Rings’, I was doing a drama in a fish and chip shop, then we wouldn’t have developed this technology. Well, unless we wanted a cod to jump around on a bench or something!
”I mean, I can’t even do an email! I’m an absolute idiot at computers, but fortunately we have wonderful, wonderful artists that do it.”