10 things you never knew about John Rhys-Davis

You’ll probably recognise actor John Rhys-Davis best from his roles in popular franchises Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones. However, his new role in horror film Aux, in UK cinemas this Friday, is a complete side step from his action, adventure, fantasy past.

About Aux… When police begin to investigate the disappearance and death of two teenage boys, they find themselves the target of a merciless, vicious killer inhabiting the deep woods. Despite the army being called in, the killings continue to mount. Bloody and ritualistic, it seems nothing can stop this horrifying killer, who seems to have the ability to melt into the undergrowth.

Meanwhile, in a nearby nursing home, an elderly army veteran reacts to news reports, claiming to know who, or what, the killer might be. As the deaths escalate, and the old man’s outrageous claims somehow begin to tally with the evidence, the investigators can ignore him no more… But can the source of the carnage really be from World War Two?

Check out the Aux trailer below:

Rhys-Davis is no stranger to the big screen, a recognisable face in cinema due to his franchise background but how much do you know about the Welsh actor?

1. He was one of the first 87 students admitted to the University of East Anglia.

2. Whilst he played Dwarf Gimli in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, John is in fact the tallest of the Fellowship at 6’1.

3. The prosthetics for Gimli caused Rhys-Davies to suffer from a severe allergic reaction, only allowing him to film every third day.

4. As well as playing Gimli in Lord of the Rings, he also provided the voice of Ent Treebeard.

5. Stuntman Kiran Shah is his good luck charm, every film they have worked on together has been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).

6. When the cast members of The Lord of The Rings decided to get “nine” tattooed in Tengwar script, John Rhys-Davies was the only one not to participate, and instead sent his stuntman.

7. He was nominated for an Emmy in 1981 for his works on the mini-series Shogun.

8. Fans will also recognise Rhys-Davies for his role as Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the Egyptian excavator who is friends with Indiana Jones. Sallah is a strong, loyal, and lovable sidekick who accompanies Jones on his adventures, always advising Indy to “go first”.

9. When writing the script for Indiana Jones, Steven Spielberg pictured Sallah to be thin and short. Originally Danny DeVito was asked, but denied the part due to a conflicting schedule. Spielberg asked John Rhys-Davies after seeing him in Shogun and changed the role accordingly.

10. Rhys-Davies is the only actor to star in the James Bond, Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings franchises.

John Rhys-Davies stars in the new movie Aux, in cinemas November 10th

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