I'm sure I asked this years ago and have now forgotten the answer, but how was the eventual connection made between Bret and Figwit? I'm still impressed that he got noticed at all in the film, but that someone eventually worked out who he was in real life is particularly amazing!
That would be Iris and myself there. We both noticed him (for different reasons) and both came back to TORn and she posted about how hot this elf was
I of course saw it differently and we had a lot of laughs posting about him and she coined the name Figwit.
We then worked together on the Figwit FAQ and the website. Our humble lil website where we had a laugh at Figwit's expense (and ours). Our little musings wondering who played Figwit never thought they would find an answer. Then somehow it became front page news on TORn. Hundreds of thousands of hits later and Bret was at a party one night, somewhere in Wellington and some of his mates called him over to the computer and showed him our website. He said he knew we were joking when he saw the little red arrows pointing to the back of his head in screen caps
Then the local Welly press tracked him down (being LOTR related and in Welly people followed stuff and everyone knew everyone), it went worldwide, we found Figwit, or the person pretending to be called Bret McKenzie. Hannah and Stan contacted me about making the docu and Stan coming to the UK to film the Conchords at the Ed Fringe, asked if he could interview me, ended up staying at my place a few days, then Iris and the others agreed to meet him in Edinburgh, be interviewed and so on. Stan also went to Israel and stayed with Iris (in the name of research).
Stan pretty much spent half his life working on this docu and it kindly moved away from being too much about us and was more about Bret (which was cool by us). Iris and I were both really surprised and chuffed that Bret wasn't just an extra or a wannabe actor but was actually a talented musician and dancer (among other things). Made it all kind of cooler to know he could actually do something. The Conchords were an added bonus and they got a lot of interest then thanks to Figwit. I am sure now though Bret is happy to not be called it anymore
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