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The Story of Karl Urban’s Love For Filmmaking

has been one of the most familiar faces in genre productions for the past three decades. Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys are two of the shows in which he first came to international attention – he played four different roles in both shows, including Julius Caesar and Cupid, across the two shows.

In the years that have followed, he has enjoyed a steady film career, either as a supporting character or a heavier. I think that he’s a bit too sinister to be a leading character. It is this same presence, however, that has contributed to his success as Billy on “,” as well as the reason for his return to TV. 

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Urban is originally from New Zealand, a country that boasts a well-established film industry that is worth mentioning. His mother, while he was growing up, worked for a company that rented out equipment to local filmmakers such as cameras and lights. His father, on the other hand, was the owner of a leather goods store.

In the early days of his life, Urban was exposed to filmmaking through the career of his mother. There is no doubt that this had a significant impact on his career path. The Guardian reported in 2022 that what drew him to the art in the first place, was the camaraderie of its makers, rather than the art itself. 

As an actor, Urban attended Victoria University of Wellington for a brief period after graduating from Wellington College in 1990 but soon dropped out to pursue a career as a musician. According to the Guardian interview, there were times when he regretted the decision he made.

There was a steady stream of work Urban received on local television programs, commercials, and on stage, but it took a couple of years for him to make the big break he was looking for.

Camaraderie and prestige

The local work that Urban did, in the end, was what got him the big break he was looking for. A rough cut of Harry Sinclair’s indie film “The Price of Milk,” in which Urban starred, was shown to a filmmaker friend of Urban’s who was working on a film of his own. Afterward, Urban was cast in a film he was working on called “The Lord of the Rings” by the filmmaker who cast him in his next project.

As opposed to “Xena” and “Hercules,” Peter Jackson’s “LOTR” was a step up in prestige from “Xena” and “Hercules”. Even though the shoot wasn’t conducted outside the country, Urban was also able to work with an internationally acclaimed director. 

Even though his character, Éomer, only makes his debut in the second film, “The Two Towers”, the whole “LOTR” trilogy was filmed over 438 days at the same time. It was inevitable that Urban would feel the sense of camaraderie that he desired after working with the cast and crew for so long. The experience that he and his co-stars will probably always remain in his memory.

It is Urban’s words that capture a bittersweet aspect of what it is like to work in the film industry. Film and TV shoots are transient, which means even the closest camaraderie between you and your coworkers leaves you with only memories to carry forward to your next project.

There is a well-known passage from the book the Lord of the Rings that I would like to close with: “Well, dear friends, this brings the end of our fellowship here in Middle-earth. Go in peace, dear ones! I will not say to you: do not weep, for tears are not all bad.”.


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