A few years ago, when Liv Tyler first started getting noticed in films and music videos, I didn't think too much of her. In fact, the daughter of Aerosmith lead-singer Steven Tyler, didn't appeal to me one little bit.
When I looked at her, all I could see was her father — the long hair, the slim and sometimes lanky build, and the piercing eyes.
Well, that all changed last month when I went to see "Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring." The younger Tyler plays the elf Arwen, daughter of Elrond (played by Hugo Weaving).
She enchanted me when she appeared on screen to save the ailing Frodo Baggins, who was suffering from a Ringwraith's sword wound. I mean, when she walked into the light, I could not, for the life of me, remember that I was in a theater with a bunch of "LOTR" fans. Instead, I was in Middle Earth, hearing this elven princess speak — and not to Frodo, but to me.
I was totally entranced during the scenes where she raced through the forests of Middle Earth to the Ford of Bruinen with the Ringwraiths — or Nazgul as they are sometimes known — on her trail. And I nearly jumped out of my seat when she taunted the wraiths and summoned the Ford's waters to wash those cloaked meanies away.
What an impact Tyler's character had on me. I couldn't believe it. This hasn't happened to me since I was a kid and saw Vivian Leigh's portrayal of Scarlet O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind" for the first time.
The funny thing about all this is that I still don't care too much for Tyler in her other roles. It's Arwen that earned my interest.
I talked to my wife about this, and she totally understands. She reminded me that she has an ongoing crush on Luke Skywalker, as opposed to Mark Hamill.
All of this surfaced in my mind again when I reviewed the Aerosmith concert, which made its massive stop at the Delta Center on Monday.
And guess what? My mindset had changed.
Instead of seeing Steven in Liv, I saw Liv in Steven.
And I'm glad she didn't inherit her daddy's lips.
SPEAKING OF STAR WARS: As fans know, a couple of weeks ago, the guys from 'NSync filmed cameos for the upcoming George Lucas film "Star Wars: Episode 2 — Attack of the Clones."
Earlier this week, 'NSyncer Joey Fatone called "The Carson Show" on FLZ 93.3 FM in his hometown of Tampa Bay, Fla., and said the cameos were cut because "people made a big deal about (them)."
Lucas must have turned away from the dark side.