Elijah Wood

h3ELIJAHTAKESONTHERINGh3pbrspanstylecolorbluefontfamilyarialElijahWoodFellowshipoftheRingInterviewbyPaulFischerinNewYork.brbrWhenthefirstinPeterJacksonslongawaitedLordoftheRingstrilogyfinallyhitstheatresactorstrongElijahWoodstrongwillshoulderconsiderableresponsibility.AsHobbitFrodoBagginsitsElijahwhoisthecentreofthisepictalebuttheexchildstarisreadytoembracethechallenge.PaulFischermettheyoungactorinNewYork.spanbrbrYouwouldntthinkthatElijahWoodhadbeentalkingtothepressforthelastseveraldays.Havingspentcloseto2yearsinhabitingtheguiseofTolkiensclassicFrodoBagginscharacterinthemammothLordoftheRingstrilogy20yearoldWoodwasinchirpyspirits.Itsthecaffeinehesayslaughingly.BeforeembarkingonhiscinematicMiddleEarthadventureinNewZealandElijahhadnttakenthetroubletohavereadanyofJ.R.R.Tolkiensmythologicalnovelsthoughhehadknownofthebooks.IhadtheminmyownpersonallibraryforyearsandnevergotaroundtoreadingthemthoughIreadTheHobbitwhenIwasyoungandfellinlovewiththatbook.HenevergotaroundtoactuallyreadingtheTolkienbooksoutofjustclassiclazinessbuthecertainlyknewaboutthebookssowhenIwasapproachedtokindofauditionforitIjumpedatthechance.brbrJumpingintotheshoesofsuchaclassiccharacterprovedevenmoreadauntingtaskthanwhenheplayedHuckFinnin1993.ThiswasmoredauntingthananythingIdeverfeltbefore.Afteralltheactoraddshehadneverbeenapartofanythingthatissofamiliartosomanypeopleandcontinuestohavesuchafanaticalfanbase.Itisjustsuchanimportantbooktoalotofpeople.WoodsadmitshavingfeltpressuregoingtoNewZealandforthefirsttimeandtryingtoliveuptootherpeoplesvisionaswellastofollowthroughwithmyown.HoweverthatsubsidedonceWoodandcompanystartedfilmingandIjustfeltverycomfortableinthatcharactersfeetsowasabletoforgetaboutthatpressure.NowthatitsalloverWoodjustfeelsthathehasdonethebestjobIcanandattheendofthedaythiscansimplybemyowninterpretation.brbrstrongLordoftheRingsFellowshipoftheRingstrongisthefirstnovelinTolkiensmythicalstoryofreluctantlyheroicHobbitFrodowhoformsanallianceorfellowshipwiththelikesofGandalftheWizardLegolastheelfGimlitheDwarfAragornBoromirandhisthreeHobbitfriendsMerryPippinandSamwisetodestroytheringwhichheinadvertentlyinheritedaringthatisinfacttheOneRingoftheDarkLordSauronFrodomustmakeanepicquesttotheCracksofDoominordertodestroyit.brbrThoughamythologicalfantasyElijahseestheTolkientrilogyandsubsequentlythefilmsasretainingadegreeofcontemporaryrelevance.IthasbeenabletoberelevantthroughouteachdecadesinceitsreleaseWoodexplains.Imeanduringthe60sitwasmassivelypopularprobablyduetothefactthatitwasduringtheVietnameraanditwasembracedbythehippieculture.Woodsbelievesthatitsrelevancehastodowiththoseclassicthemesoffriendshiployaltycouragehonourandhopeinthefaceofevil.Ialsothinkthatyoucanequatewhateveryouwanttoasametaphorofwhatthegoodversusevilisactuallyabout.Youcanalsotaketherecenteventsinourhistoryandequatethosetothebooksaswell.Woodbelievesthathopefullypeoplecanseethemoviesandgainsomesortofhope.Isawthefilmforasecondtimeabouttwonightsagoandtherewerejustcertainlinesofdialogueandcertainelementstothefilmthatjustresonatedwithmeevenmore.Resonatedhesaysbecauseofthosemomentswhereourcharactersarestandingtogetherandrelyingoneachotherandwecandothisandwecanbattlethisandwecanovercomethisifwesticktogetherandrelyoneachotherandwehavecourage.brbrWoodsisunconcernedathowthediehardfansofthenovelwillreacttotheomissionofanykeyelementsinthefilm.Ithinkthatsomeofthefansknowthattherearedefinitethingsthatwereleftoutandmanyofthemknowspecificallywhathasbeenleftoutorwhatsbeenadded.Itisafilmanditsverydifficulttoencapsulatetheentiretyofanovelintothecourseofa3hourfilmandcertainlythisparticularbookisquitedifficulttherearealotofinsandoutsandhighwaysandbywaysthatyoucannotincludeasitwouldjustbetoolong.brbrThereweremanychallengesforElijahtotakeonthisprojectincludingthedauntingtaskofshootingthreefeaturefilmsinonetwoyearperiodandinsomeinstancesshootingfootagefromthethirdfilmatthebeginningoftheshoot.Woodrecallsthatatonepointashewaspreparingtoshootapivotalscenefromfilmonethesetsgotfloodedandtheproductionhadtoshootacoverset.ThatsethappenedtobeascenefromfilmthreeanditwassomethingthatIhadntreallygivenmuchthoughtabout.IthoughtYouknowwellgettothatandIwillgrowwiththecharacterandIwilleventuallystartthinkingaboutthataswemoveonbutIwasforcedtoimmediatelybringFrodotoaplacethatIhadntimaginedthatIwasgoingwithhimforquitesometime.Butafterthefirstcoupleofmonthswebecamesocomfortablewithourcharactersandknewforthemostparttheentiretyoftheirjourneythatitwasprettyeasytojumparoundbecauseweessentiallybecameourcharacters.brbrAsforleavinghometoworkonLordoftheRingsfor2yearsElijahhadnoreservationstoembarkonbothhisandFrodosjourney.YouknowitsaonceinalifetimeopportunityandIcouldntimaginepassingupthechancetotraveltoNewZealandandlivetheretakeanadventurewiththesepeopleandinsomewayswithmeandinsomewayscreatehistorybyfilmingthetrilogyatthesametime.brbrElijahbeganhiscareerasachildactorhavingmadehisscreendebutatage9inBacktotheFuture2.HehassinceappearedinsubstantiverolesinsuchdiversefilmsasRadioFlyerForeverYoungTheWarandwithfellowchildstarMacaulayCulkininTheGoodSon.ButunlikeCulkinWoodhasbeenabletomakethetransitionfromchildtoadultactorwithanapparentease.AsachildIwasalwaysdoingsomethingthatwasmoreadultorientedthatwerentespeciallygearedtoachildmarketsoIthinkthatbeingassociatedwithadultfilmswashelpfulandthatitdidntputmeinaboxasachildactor.IwasalwaysachildworkingamongstadultswhichIthinkwasagreathelpandIthinkthatasachildobviouslyatlike78or9Ididntreallyhaveanykindofideaastohowtostrategize.ThereforeIreallyhavetohandittomyagentandmymotherforkindofhelpingmeoutonthatparticularpartofthejourney.ObviouslyasIgotolderIbecamemorepassionateaboutwhatIdoandwiserastohowitallworks.ImyselfstartedtomakechoicesthatwerewhatIreallywantedthatwaschallengingasanactorandthatkeptmegrowingandthefilmsthatIchoseincludedthoseelements.brbrThoseincludedtheLordoftheRingstrilogyaseriesoffilmsthatresultedinElijahembarkingonthesamemonumentaljourneyashisHobbit.ThatiswhyheisfieldingoffersofotherworkinordertopromotethisbeautifulfilmwhichIwillbedoingforalittlewhile.Woodishopefulthataudiencesaregoingtobecompletelyblownawaynotonlybythefilmbutbyhisactionfigure.Thatwasthebestpartitssowickedheaddslaughingly.brbrbrp


 
 



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