is this for fricking real?
Yes, it’s real, but it’s missing some context: Thranduil’s throne is so high and so precariously perched that the crew had placed mattresses on the floor in case Lee fell off. Peter Jackson joked that they would bring him lunch in a few hours, implying that Lee would have to stay up there the whole time. Lee then mimicked having to go to the bathroom, and the camera pulled back to show the whole cast and crew laughing, including Richard. If I have the chronology right, this was the very first day of shooting for Lee. From these scenes it’s not hard to understand why Lee made such an impression and got on so well — with everyone! ;-)
Thank you, dear Sunny! Yes, I think everyone on-set fell in love with Lee, including a certain bloke from Leicestershire.