One of the things I’m really pleased about that this production does is give fans a chance to come onto the set. A lot of stuff with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. And there was a woman in a wheelchair who came in and she was made up as a Hobbit and she was – you know, she could barely move. And she communicated, I think, through – I’m not sure if it was through blinking.
(…) But it is important because it’s important to them.
Oh my gosh! I know her! Her name is Mel, and I met her for the first time at the Borders bookstore where I used to work. She came in one day and started talking to me about Lord of the Rings because I had a picture of Pippin in my badge. She was so nice and it was so awesome to have a long conversation with her about something I loved so much. I was still young and really shy, so it was just a nice conversation.
She told me about her LOTR group she was with, and that they got together at Dragon*con every year, so I saw her later that year there and said hi. I ran into her a few years in a row there. Then a few years later I saw her in a wheelchair and learned she had ALS. Ever since then I saw her degenerate little by little each time I saw her at D*C.
I am SO thrilled that she got to go to New Zealand and got to meet this cast. I am really tearing up just thinking about it.