There is little doubt that being a part of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is a big deal for any actor. So it's no surprise that Ismael Cruz Córdova is feeling very emotional about playing Arondir in the epic Amazon series. Cordova has shared a heartfelt post about his personal journey leading up to the show's premiere on Thursday.
Córdova took to Twitter to share a photo of himself posing in front of a promotional billboard featuring his The Rings of Power character Arondir. The thread then explains that his excitement is beyond the billboard itself.
“It’s not about the billboard - it’s about becoming unmissable, undeniable, irrevocably present and rooted, as a people, as beings, as individuals. A huge 'we are here'. And we have been here,” Cordova wrote.
“Looking for zero favors but to live with the same chances to dream and thrive as anyone else,” he continued. “If you’ve ever felt discarded, marginalized, silenced - you are my people. And this moment is yours too!”
"This billboard was blocks away from a hostel I once had to stay for a while in a room w bunk beds w many other ppl who were struggling w housing and money," Cordova continued. "We all had a beating heart and hopes of a better future."
He concluded, "My heart was burning w an unshakable goal: To get to where we were told we couldn't be. Here we are. To share it w the two halves of my DNA was absolutely surreal. My heart is full, of love, of them, and all of you who share this same fire."
It's an inspiring message and one that disregards all the racist comments about his casting in Rings of Power. With that in mind, we can't wait to see more of Arondir in the future.
The third episode of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will premiere on Amazon on Friday, September 9, 2022.