At last night's premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos revealed his involvement in the most expensive television show ever made—and the advice his son gave him.
In her speech introducing Bezos, head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke thanked him for "starting this journey many moons ago." Selke said, "In unprecedented times we have achieved something that has never been accomplished before.”
“My grandfather’s the one who introduced me to Tolkien,” Bezos said. “I fell in love immediately, I was probably 13 or 14 years old. I fell in love with the adventure of course, with the detailed universe, with the feelings of hope and optimism, with the idea that everybody has a role to play."
He continued, "I’m happy to report that that cycle continues today. My kids have become Tolkien fans as well. In fact one of my boys I think approaches the level of a Tolkien scholar he knows so much about this universe. And after Amazon got involved in this project, my son came up to me one day, he looked me in the eyes, very sincerely, and he said: ‘Dad, please don’t f*ck this up.’ And he was right. We know that this world is important to so many people, we know it’s a privilege to work inside this world and we know it’s a big responsibility." (Bezos and ex-wife MacKenzie Scott share four children, three sons and one daughter.)
He also joked about his involvement in the show. "Every showrunners’ dream is to get notes on early scripts and cuts from the Executive Chairman, they just love that," he said in his remarks. “I want to thank you both for listening whenever it helped but mostly I need to thank you for ignoring me at exactly the right times.”
Bezos ended his speech with a famous Tolkien quote, sharing, "Not all those who wander are lost."
The first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premiere tomorrow, September 1, at 9 p.m. eastern.
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