Faramir Talks On Role In 'Van Helsing'

David Wenham (Faramir, The Lord of the Rings) talked to Sci Fi Wire about his role as Carl in the upcoming movie Van Helsing. He told them that his character is a weapons maker for the titular hero, played by Hugh Jackman.

"Carl ... is a monk who invents extraordinary weapons," Wenham said in an interview. "He's sort of like a very period Q [from the James Bond films]."

In the film, Carl gets a chance to leave his chambers and pursue adventure with Van Helsing, who is on a mission to hunt down vampires and other monsters. "He's somebody who's spent his whole entire life deep underground in this monastery, but for this particular time, he's told by his superiors to go off with Van Helsing on this mission to hunt down Dracula," Wenham said.

Wenham will soon be on view in the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, reprising the role of Faramir from The Two Towers. Van Helsing was a total departure, Wenham said. "The fight sequences [in Van Helsing] involve totally different forms of weaponry, and the genre is totally different as well," he said.

Van Helsing is to be released on May 7, 2004.

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