YOU SHALL NOT PASS…. up the opportunity to check out this complete collection of Sir Ian McKellen's leading roles. Although our generation know him from a variety of venerable, silver-haired roles, make sure to check out a young Ian in films like 'Macbeth' (1979), 'David Copperfield' (1982), and 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' (1982). Gandalf was a stud!
Why is it so hard to see Orlando Bloom's subsequent characters as anything other than Legolas pretending to be a human? All we know is that the constant expectation that he'll pull a longbow out makes concentrating on the remainder of his filmography rather difficult.
Relatively self-explanatory. All movies featuring Orlando Bloom brandishing a sword, including 'LOTR', 'Kingdom of Heaven', and 'Troy'. And yes, to preempt all you ill-informed pedants out there, Legolas does use a sword in some battle-scenes, not just his bow.
Whether he's dealing with an insufferable boss in the world's most dysfunctional office or attempting to nick a dragon's hoard, Freeman brings an understated, everyman charm to every role he plays. Make sure to check him out in British family hidden-gem 'Nativity', which received very little publicity in the states.
If you think 'LOTR' is all Peter Jackson's done, think again. Let this collection introduce you to 1993 horror-comedy cult classic 'Dead Alive', surrealist masterpiece 'Meet the Feebles', and the simply indescribable 'Bad Taste'. The only question you'll be asking after checking out the maestro's early work is, 'why the hell did they bet on THIS horse?'.
Modern movies in the vein of LOTR: set in imaginary worlds and defined by the epic scale of their storyline and characters. Be warned the path from here to LARPing may be deceptively short and comfortable.