Sunday, January 10, 2010

LOTR and Cancer

While I was watching the making of and other interesting stuff on the bonus discs of "The Lord of the Rings", I was kinda keeping notes of many interesting and funny stuff, to write about when I was done watching the whole thing. But in the end, what left me the greatest impression is the story of a 17yr old boy, who died of osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Duncan completed many home videos but only two short fimls, DFK6498 and Strike Zone, a movie involving his love for Softball, as well as a few commercials and brief clips. His films was about cancer, the imprisonment it makes you feel, and also the will to achieve something good before leaving this world. As for his relationship with LOTR,
near the end of his life he befriended Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, inspiring the latter to write the Oscar-winning song, "Into the West" for the film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. After his death, his work as well as an explanatory documentary was put onto the Extended Edition DVD set for The Return of the King.
On the set of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, he received blessings from Viggo Mortensen and Sir Ian McKellen as well as a signed photo from John Rhys-Davies. He was going to make a cameo in the film, but as his health deteriorated, it became impossible for him to do so.
That's all I will say now about the stuff I found on the bonus discs. No funny stuff, just a tribute to that boy, who will not be forgotten. R.I.P. boy. You remind us all that we should love every single moment of our lives.

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