Sauron Visits the Prancing Pony 11/22/03
The following is a transcript of the events that occurred at
the LOTRfanclub's Prancing Pony Board when Sala Baker generously
allowed us to arrange a visit with him.
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Sala Baker "Sauron" Visits the
Prancing Pony Board of the Official LOTR Fanclub
November 22nd for the U.S., November 23rd for NZ.
The welcoming thread is started about twenty minutes before
we expect Sala to join us:
(scroll down to the next bold type to
skip the hellos)
Lithilien Quicksilver (moderator)
: Evening, Pony Patrons..... I am sitting at Cyber Java waiting
for the arrival of the Dark Lord whom I expect momentarily.... at
hope nothing else comes up to delay him. Please have your questions
ready, and as soon as you see a new post from me, instructing you to
post your questions, do so directly under that post. Sala will then
read the questions and provide his answers.
Rosie(moderator): How about we try this welcome again... We're so
excited to have you with us Sala!
Wolfie: Kia Ora Sala. Thank you for coming. :D.
Peregrine: Hey, welcome to the Pony, Sala! We are happy to have you!
Leggy Pants: mae govannen, mr. sauron!!!!! welcome from maui,
lordbg: Welcome Sala :)
True-Hearted Easterling : Even though I'm a good Easterling, I'm happy
to see the Dark Lord again. |:|-] Welcome!
Gordonagirl: Hey Sala! Nice to meet you!
Lhunhyandowen: Yes, welcome.
Elvenstar: Welcome, Dark Lord! :)
fellowshipfan: "Hi", "Hello", "Glad you could come!" There are three of
us here Sala, and all glad to 'meet' you! You're THE MAN!
m4sure: Hiya Sala & welcome!
Bregalad: Welcome, Sala (bows low to Dark Lord) from Gilbert, Arizona.
Hope you enjoy your stay with us.
Lothithil: Welcome from Wichita Kansas, your DarkLordship! It is an
honour! I must say, you are a very convincing presence on the
me shiver everytime I watch the movies, and I watch them, er... well,
rather a lot! Thanks for lending your integrity and
skill to this
project. The massive efforts put forth by all the cast and crew are
much appriciated by this fan!
(gives Sala a shy hug) Thanks from me!
Terrifying dark lord
Shares a pint at the Pony
mousechief : Welcome to the Pony!!
Lúthien Tinúviel: Gracious Greetings!!!
Elen: Welcome from my roommate and I in Lexington, KY!
Hobbitlove: Welcome Sala and thank you for you're role in LOTR and for
taking time to meet with us here.
Camellia Took: Welcome from Brookhaven, Mississippi, USA! Glad to have
you join the insanity here. :o)
Primula(moderator): Thank you so much for taking the time to be with
us, Sala - many welcomes!
boriel: Hello from Whistler Mountain, BC canada and its so nice for you
to say yes to visiting us all.
Lizmybit : Welcome Sala....It's so good to have you here!!!!
Rosie(moderator): Never thought I'd want to welcome the Dark Lord
anywhere! ;) Thanks for coming!!
Wheathills: Hello Sala..welcome to 'The Pony'..I hope you enjoy your
evening with us.
Avondster: *bows* Welcome, Mr. Dark Lord. You are most welcome!
Lyria: Welcome and "Hello" from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada! So glad you
Flame of Thangorodrim: Welcome to the Prancing Pony from Chicago,
Master Sauron! Enjoy your "stay" here this evening!
samwisegirl: Hello Sala! Greetings from Pennsylvania! Hope you have fun
while you're here.:-)
Shelob: Hey Boss - will do my best for you in December :-)
When Sala Baker arrived at the Cyber-Java Cafe, we
opened the floor for each person there to ask him one question, as he
only had a little time to spare.. We were very grateful
that he took the time to answer every last one of the questions that
were asked even though he hadn't had dinner yet.
Lithilien Quicksilver (moderator) Ok, Sala just called and said
he will be here in about 3 minutes, so post those questions now! :-)
lordbg: How was it playing a role in a very important trilogy?
Sala: Exciting , I had never
really thought that I would be in his type of film and working with the
cast, it was a opportunity of a lifetime that I was never going
up. It was the best thing ever.
Lúthien Tinúviel: A poem for you (a little
I cut it short so you have time for everyone else.
I secretly root for bad guys.
You put my friends in danger
And tried to kill our Ranger
Tried to off our Hobbits too.
In Mirkwood you did linger
Until you lost your finger
Then you went to sit and stew.
You are the “One Ring” maker
(Your real name's Sala Baker)
There’d be no story without you!
And there really wouldn’t you know. So you
have my gratitude for bringing Heroes into the world, ‘cause without
bad guys there wouldn’t be any!
Sala: You shouldn't really be here
as you should be writing poetry, you really should think about
that, as it was really cool, and you rock.
Gordonagirl: first of all, welcome Dark Lord...it is an honor to
have you here...What is your
favorite food and what is your ideal topping for Pizza?
Sala: If any of you have seen
me,I'm not a small guy so I love
food,anything really and I don't really eat pizza that often.cause I'm
trying to watch my figure....he he he he he he
True-Hearted Easterling: So, what’s your favorite color? (I
don’t suppose it is black. |:|-] )
Sala: My favourite colour is baby
blue,and red,and black.
Wolfie: Imdb.com has you listed as the “locations
manager:splinter unit” for The Last Samurai.
I was wondering if maybe you could tell us a little bit about that and
do you prefer working in front of the camera or behind it? Thank you
for taking time out of your schedule to talk to us.
May I say that you are a hottie too. :D
Sala: Well, I really enjoy being in
front of the camera the most cause when you work behind the camera you
don't really get the recognition that you deserve,and I'm a camera
Peregrine: Did you ever pretend to be Darth Vader--okay, had to
do it! Thanks, Sala!
Sala: Darth who
Lizmybit: I am going to see Craig Parker in Toronto in a couple
would you like me to head-butt him for you? Or can you come to Toronto
and do it yourself?"
Sala: No that's ok, I saw Craig in
Germany with the other elf boy.......Gil-galad ...he he he.
Strange Elf: Hello Sala.Do you think that you will be at The
TORN Oscar party in February?
Sala: I will be there with bell's
on...........yes yes yes
mousechief: Was it fun to be the supervillan?????
Sala: It's the best thing ever, bad
guys have more fun, but the good guys get the girls.
Hobbitlove: *dons protective headgear and asks...* What prop did
you get after your last day of shooting?
And (am I allowed two? )
What roles are you going to be playing in the Narnia movie?
Sala: I did'nt get anything as I
was never really finished, and I dont know whether I will be in the
Narnia film as I haven't been home yet, I hope so.
Hobbitlove: Well, that's not right, You deserve SOMETHING!
Rosie(moderator): We are thrilled to have you here! :)
Thank you so much, for taking time out of your busy schedule. It's such
a privilege to have you with us!
It must be an incredible feeling... to be the
visual embodiment of Sauron. I would love to know what you think about
when watching the film, when you see Sauron standing on the edge of the
cracks of Doom holding the one ring high in the air. Do you see
yourself, or are you able to step out of the role and see Sauron?
Sala: It was really hard to
actually get out of thinking that it was me in the costume. I had to
watch it 10 or so times to really see what Sauron was
really like in the film,and then when I finally got out of it I was not
a nice guy at all. I really didn't like myself, and I don't think
anyone else did.
Lothithil: (((Sala))) there are no heroes without bad guys!
Elvenstar: During "The Long and Short of It" was it really as
emotional as it looked going from
traffic control to a grip! Sorry, had to ask! ;)
Sala: You're killing me here....
it's just like Andy in the making of,it was not supposed to be
about him at all, but when you're an actor and someone puts a camera in
front of you you just switch to performing and wasn't Andy great.
Hobbitlove: Andy Rocks!! And after watching the DVD, I REALLY
think he was robbed of a deserved Oscar.
m4sure: Hiya Sala & welcome!...(((Mega Hugs from London)))
hope you remember me from Collectormania4.
I am the "Lovely Maria" (your words not mine) who accidentally knocked
you on the jaw when posing for a photo! - oops I am really sorry for
that even though I must admit the photo came out really funny! hehe!
((((Anywayyyyyyy...here's my question)))))) When we met...you told my
friends & I that you were thinking of possibly setting up your own
official web site. Is this happening anytime soon?
((((((((Thanx again for visiting "Lovely Sala"))))))) And next time
please bring along Billy-Dom & Viggo!
Sala: of course I remember
you.....my guys are doing my website at the moment, so soon enough you
can see me and what I'm doing.
Lothithil: Is it disturbing to be associated with "the bad guys"
in these films?
Sala: Well you know what, it's
really cool actually cause I'm not a bad guy in real life,so it's nice
to be someone else. hehehe
EvilLashes: Do you have any regrets about playing an evil guy?
Sala: hello son, your mother is
right here and she is not happy about your question cause someone else
just asked the same
question,but no it's really cool, and next time wear your
boots.....how's your cold feet?
Strange Elf: Oh Lith, go easy on him. Looks like both questions
were posted at the same time. :)
Lithilien Quicksilver (moderator): Sala, what new projects do
you have in the works?
Sala: I am sitting right next to
you as well and you are asking yourself this question....hmm ...
hmmmm,just auditioning at the moment and we'll wait an see.....
fellowshipfan : Hi Sala/Sauron! My question is: Do you
have a Sauron action figure? Or a One Ring? ;-]
I think you made a wonderful Dark Lord! I
read your interview in the fan club mag. issue 8. Thanks for taking
time to talk to us!
BTW- this is the closest I've ever been to talking to a LOTR actor!
Sala: I do have an action figure
and it's really cool and the finger's come off with the ring... it's
cool and I have it back home in nz.
KingundertheMountain: Welcome Sala! Who else would you have
played in the movies if you had a chance?
Sala: No one actually I think that
Sauron is the best character and I wouldn't trade it for the
world.....maybe legolas...he he
seansbeanie: ooo, yes. With those Uruk Hai dreadlocks......lol
Aunt Kimby: When did you first read LOTR?
Sala: I haven't ......what happens
next...does legolas die like haldir?????????
Gordonagirl: ROTFLMBO!!! You wish!!!
Uncle Melkor: Do you like Lemonade? That was irony by the
I do hope you haven't taken time out of your schedule to be asked what
your favourite color and pizza topping is.
(ignore above) ---- 'How does one audition to be Sauron?
Sala: You put the costume on and
shoot a rock video.
Aragorn Lover 1981: Mr. Dark Lord....If you are in your car and
you pop in a CD, what would you most likely
be listening to?
Thanks for dropping in! We're really glad you've come!
Sala: Ii would listen to the
neptunes,or outkast,jayz,lots of crazy stuff,dixie chicks,and dont get
any idea's, I will get angry...I'm not always a nice guy, you won't
like me when I'm angry.......ha ha ha ha ha
lordbg: Haha, where have I heard that one before? *hint,hint* ;)
Aragorn Lover 1981: Sounds like a good mix of music!
Elven Redwood: What books and TV shows do you enjoy, Sala?
Sala: I don't really read a lot of
books, but I do watch a little bit of anything thats on tv.
Lhunhyandowen: What are some of your favorite movies?
Sala: The green mile, Shawshank,
Powder,and many more....
I'm Not Peter: boxers or briefs?
seansbeanie: Yes! You just won me five bucks.
Wolfie: whooohoooo!! are they red? >:D
Icarus: If there were one thing you wanted the world to know
about filming LOTR, what would that be?
Sala: That we are now a family and
we will allways hang out when we can ...wherever,and whenever we can.
EvilLashes: What was your favorite part of filming?
Sala: your only allowed one
question.and shouldn't you be asleep....that's what your mother
said....and don't forget the boots.
EvilLashes: I'm never gonna out live that am I?
seansbeanie: Hoping to see (and hear) you in another project
soon. Your voice on the Scottish Fellowship
website is captivating. Lean over to Lith and just say "Sauron the Dark
Lord." She'll melt!
See you in LA for the Oscar Party!
Sala: She's heard it
Linaewen: You played quite a few other characters besides
Sauron; my son wants to know
if you were the Haradrim soldier who was shot and killed by Faramir in
TTT extended footage that was just released. He thinks so, at least!
Sala: No it was an extra,and he did
a really good job.
boriel: Just got home, not sure if you are still here, if so -
do you find it weird that there are so many of us crazy fans all
wanting to see you and hug and kiss you and have
pictures taken with you? (if the answer is no, then I'll hug you in Feb
if I see you LOL)
Sala: Don't worry I have a lot of
love to go around.
boriel: (((( thank you )))
Leggy Pants: Hi Sala, I really don't have a question for you, I
just wanted to say hello and how much I envy and admire you for working
in the best movie ever made! I gotta go
now, but just wanted to have one moment to say hello to the dark lord!
Bregalad: Do you keep in touch with anyone in particular from
the LOTR cast or staff?
Sala: I see and hang with Dom and
Elijah cause they live down the road fom me.
Primula(moderator): If you could choose one of the actors to
work with again, who would you choose & why?
Sala: Viggo,cause I love the
passion that he has when he is the character on set...he just lives the
character day in and
day out, and is really good at it. He's just cool and not into the
hollywood side of things, just his side of things, and his beliefs.
Lithilien Quicksilver (moderator): No more questions please.
Sala needs to have dinner sometime tonight! :-)
A parting word from Sala:
To all of you out there....thankyou
soooooooooooooooooooooo much for the questions and just hanging with me
and I the girl, it is always cool chillin' with the fans as you guys
the reason were here, and we have jobs, so all of you guys are just as
good as me, if not better......he hehe he ..............JUST KIDDING.
HA HAHA HA
(SEE YA LATER IN SAMOAN.)
Many thanks were offered by those present:
Thank you Sala! It's been wonderful to have you with us. :) -
Thank you so much! I've enjoyed reading the answers, even tho I
couldn't think of anything! - Elen
Yes, thank you so much for coming by! :D- KingundertheMountain
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to
answer our questions - Lhunhyandowen
Thank you so much Sala! *blushes profusely at your comments*-
Thanks for coming Sala! We enjoyed talking with you! Have a good
supper! ;-) - Peregrine
Thank you Sala!!!!!!...hope to see you soon!!!!!!!...take
Thanks, Sala! Your visit has been terrifyingly entertaining!- Lothithil
Thanks for coming down, Sala! consider coming down to MN next time! ;-D
Thanks for coming! Come visit again sometime!- mousechief
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us! - HobbitNaga
thanks for coming! - MauveAvenger85
Many thanks - may your evening be an enjoyable one and your future
employment sweet. - Primula(moderator)
(((sala))) thank you for your time and for doing this...it was fun -
Arohanui Sala - seansbeanie
Thanks for visiting with us!! Come back any time! - halavana
*big hugs* thank YOU for hanging out with us! - Leggy Pants
Thanks Sala! I was great to meet you!!!! - Gordonagirl
Thanks for visiting, Sala :) - lordbg
Thank you for gracing us with your presence, Your Dark Lordness. ;o) -
Thank you so much, Sala! you're the best to take time to talk with us!
;-D - Elvenstar
You are the coolest!!!! Thanks for stopping by! - MauveAvenger85
*StarStruck!!!!!!!!!!!!* - Lúthien Tinúviel
Thank you...see you in LA!! - Hobbitlove
(((Sala))) *hugs* thanks for coming! - fellowshipfan