Newswire: Peter Jackson to Turkish court: Smeagol and Gollum are not the same

Peter Jackson has weighed in on the case of a Turkish man, Bilgin Ciftci, who might be sent to jail for allegedly posting pictures of his country’s president that compared him to a character from The Lord Of The Rings.

Ciftci’s troubles stem from a Turkish law that says it’s illegal to insult the country’s president, with sentences of up to four years possible for those convicted. To that end, Ciftci’s legal team has apparently decided that its best tactic is to prove that the character in question—Gollum/Smeagol, as played by Andy Serkis in the films—isn’t evil, meaning that the comparison couldn’t be taken as an insult. And thus began what may be the most high-stakes nerd fight in the history of Turkey, with the courts apparently convening “a panel of psychologists and film experts” to determine whether Tolkien’s …

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