Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson sneaked into San Diego Comic-Con in disguise.
The 52-year-old director revealed he managed to explore the cult entertainment expo on Saturday without being hassled for selfies by dressing up as the Evil Jester.
Speaking to Deadline Jackson explained: “I got myself a secret identity. I became the Evil Jester.
“My Evil Jester costume was so successful in disguising my true identity that quite a few people actually asked me to pose with them. And I did.”
Peter admitted that a costume was necessary because if he arrived without it, he would be mobbed by fans.
He reflected: “There’s a certain reality to me going out now. I’d get six paces, no further, and it would be selfies, and nothing else.
“In the old days, people asked you to sign something, and half would be too nervous to ask. Now, there’s an aggression to it, like they want you as a trophy on their web page.
“It’s a social coup to nail you on their cell phone. It changed everything. I get six paces and then can’t walk another.”
Jackson also admitted that although he has been at the helm of all six film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, he’s pessimistic about bringing Tolkien’s posthumously published novel The Silmarillion to the big screen.
He said: “The Tolkien estate has hung onto those film rights, and shown no desire for anyone to do it. That’s the current situation. There’s no amount of money that Warner Bros could pay the estate for any film rights.”