Maxim Baldry, the actor who plays Hamfast’s brother in The Rings of Power, has stated that he would sleep on set to relieve the strain of his costume.
26-year-old actor portrays Isildur in the prequel set in the Second Age thousands of years before The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
In the Prime Video series, Middle Earth fans finally get to know Isildur as he joins the Sea Guard of Numenor at his father Elendil’s (Lloyd Owen) insistence.
However, when he begins hearing strange voices in his head, Elendil and friends Valandil (Alex Tarrant) and Ontamo (Anthony Crum) are disappointed.
In a conversation with Metro.co.uk, Maxim likened his character, who eventually joins Galadriel’s (Morfydd Clark) army as they journey back to Middle Earth in order to defeat Sauron, to a “misfit” who has a propensity for being “self-destructive.”
Since he is in the Tolkien equivalent of the Royal Naval, Maxim described having to wear a ‘heavy’ costume that made it difficult for him to walk and caused him to fall asleep on the New Zealand set.
He explained that it was difficult to fall asleep while wearing armour because you’re virtually a tin man who can’t move well. He said they would wake up at 4am and have difficulty falling back asleep.
‘I would just fall asleep on the floor at times since it relieved pressure from my chest and allowed me to breathe, and I would simply fall asleep.’
‘I could be a great subject for practical jokes since I have such long naps,’ the rising star added. ‘There are many photos of individuals taking pictures of me while I’m asleep on the floor for longer. It’s hilarious.’
He has performed in films since he was a youngster, first catching attention with a role in Mr Bean’s Holiday alongside Rowan Atkinson.
A decade later, the performer nabbed a role on Hollyoaks as Liam Donovan and played the part for one year.
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