Watch: Adam Savage Tours Peter Jackson’s Immense Collection of Movie Props

     November 16, 2016


Guillermo del Toro isn’t the only one with an insane collection of movie memorabilia to make cinephiles weep. Peter Jackson, the filmmaker behind the Lord of the Rings movies, is another, and Adam Savage was able to take a filmed tour of his man cave for Adam Savage’s Tested.

Some of the treasures to behold are one of the eyes of the HAL 9000 computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey, life-size models of velociraptors from the Jurassic Park movies, skeletons from what look to be of that scene in Jason and the Argonauts, portraits of cinematic icons like Alfred Hitchcock, and face molds from the original Planet of the Apes. While there are many more artifacts lying in his chamber of secrets (including props from Spielberg’s A.I.), the video (shown below) delves into the intricacies of the HAL faceplate.

Savage got his start building props and models for movies, and he even taught Jackson a thing or two about how the faceplate works.

Jackson remarked of his collection:

“I don’t have rules in the sense of collecting this and collecting that. I tend to focus on — and obviously I break rules all the time — I tend to sort of focus on things that made an impact on me when I was young. So, I’m doing what I’m doing today because of things that I saw when I was growing up at different times: Planet of the Apes, John Chambers, Thunderbirds, all sorts of things that were majorly, majorly exciting when I was a kid and they made me wanna become a filmmaker.”

After spending a large chunk of his life directing the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit films, Jackson will next work on the script for an adaptation of the Philip Reeve novel Mortal Engines, which has plans to evolve into a franchise.

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