‘The Rings of Power’ Star Ismael Cruz Cordova Receives Criticism on His Elf Role

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Whatever he’s doing, Ismael Cruz Cordova does not and will never care about the opinions of trolls.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power star, which marks the first time a person of color portrays an elf in the fantasy franchise, claims he has been thrown a persistent blast of “pure and vicious hate speech” online every day over the past two years – coincidentally aligned with the time that the Prime Video show announced its cast. 

But the actor has not dwelled upon those remarks; instead, he utilized them to boost his performance. 

“I fought so hard for this role for this very season,” Cordova said in an interview with Esquire. “I felt that I could carry that torch. I made sure that my elf was the most Elven, the most incredible, because I knew this was coming.” 

In the show, Cordova portrays Arondir, a sensible elf who falls in love with a human called Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi) during his task to watch over the Southlands. 

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Cordova Blasts Trolls

He continued that he’s pretty joyous about Prime Video’s recent blitz into J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, assisting in rewriting what being an elf is all about and placing trolls where they belong. 

“You can never use it as an excuse: ‘But elves don’t look like that,’” he stated. “They didn’t, but now they do.” 

Cordova’s statement came after fans bombarded the show with reviews online, a few even complaining about the series’ casting. 

The show now has a 38% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes – parred with its 84% critical rating – and Amazon has halted reviews of the series on its platform. 

When asked for comments on the matter, representatives for Amazon have not yet issued any reply. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’s first two episodes are now available on Prime Video.

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