There and back again,
This review is from: There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale (Kindle Edition)
I found this an enjoyable memoir and well worth a read for anyone who liked the films of The Lord of the Rings or wants to be an actor.
Sean, known to us as Samwise Gamgee, had an earlier role in The Goonies so he can compare not alone the settings but the directors Spielberg and Jackson. He went to the casting interviews with a Cockney accent suggested by his voice coach, but while liking the actor for the role, the casting director knew that a countryside accent would be much more appropriate for a resident of the Shire. So the voice coach gave the California man lessons in a Gloucestershire accent.
New Zealand must have been the trip of a lifetime. However it was an extended period on location and many actors had left families at home.
We get a lot of inside looks at the filming and tedium of makeup etc. Towards the end we can see that Sean is disappointed that not one actor from the films got an Oscar nomination, but the series got plenty of awards, kept for the final film.