Anything that he’s doing, Ismael Cruz Cordova doesn’t and won’t ever think often about the assessments of trolls.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power actor, who is the first star of color to portray an elf in a fantasy franchise, faces an ongoing outburst of “pure and vicious hate speech” online every day the last two years – coincidentally timed around the time the Prime Video show announced its casting.
However, the actor did not dwell on those remarks. Instead, he used them to improve his performance.
“I fought so hard for this role for this very season,” Cordova said in an interview with Esquire. “I felt that I could carry that torch. I made sure that my elf was the most Elven, the most incredible, because I knew this was coming.”
In the show, Cordova plays Arondir, a reasonable elf who falls in love with a human named Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi) while on duty to watch over the Southlands.
Cordova Roasts Trolls
He goes on to say that he’s happy about Prime Video’s latest walkthrough of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth helps rewrite what it means to be an elf and put trolls where they belong.
“You can never use it as an excuse: ‘But elves don’t look like that,’” he stated. “They didn’t, but now they do.”
Cordova’s statement came after fans bombarded the show with reviews online, a few even complaining about the series’ casting.
The show now has a 38% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes – parred with its 84% critical rating – and Amazon has halted reviews of the series on its platform.
When asked for comments on the matter, representatives for Amazon have not yet issued any reply.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’s first two episodes are now available on Prime Video.
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