ELIJAH WOODS TALKS 'LORD OF THE RINGS'
- ELIJAH WOODS TALKS 'LORD OF THE RINGS'
On hand to enjoy the excitement of the Comic-Con International: San
was actor Elijah Wood, whom many may recognize as Frodo the Hobbit in
Line Cinema's upcoming LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. CINESCAPE managed to
up with the young actor for an update on the films, which were shot
back-to-back-to-back (the first of the three, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE
due out in theaters December 2001).
"[I've seen footage of the film and] it's amazing," says Wood. "It's
absolutely incredible. They've shrunk me down to approximately four feet
play a hobbit."
Currently in post-production, the actor does admit that his obligation
the project is far from over. There still are a number of re-shoots that
will require his involvement.
"Principal photography has been completed - all three movies were shot
at one time - but now it's just the little preliminary sort of
pick-ups and bits of scenes that they need to add," says Wood. "So the
crux of the film is done. We've done pick-ups for the first movie now
ll be going back next year for part two and three."
Perhaps the biggest challenge for any actor is acting opposite a blue
screen - required for such effects heavy films as LORD OF THE RINGS.
However, Wood admits to have had a relatively easy time of it.
"It was actually kind of easy," says Wood. "I mean we had a lot of big
but if there was something that we were looking at that wasn't there, we
lots of drawings and conceptual art to use as references for stuff that
were supposed to be seeing. So it was kind of easy to imagine on the day
what we were supposed to be looking at."
Of course, what's hard about acting with A-list cast like Ian McKellen
Liv Tyler, let alone a director like Peter Jackson?
"It's awesome," exclaims Wood. "It's a really, really incredible group
people and a very brilliant, talented group of artists who were
massively passionate about what they were there in New Zealand for. It
real honor. [And Peter Jackson] is a lovely guy. He's kind of like a
himself. He's totally passionate about the project."
It's a good thing the film has a director who lives and breaths all
RINGS-related because Wood admits to not being too familiar with the
property prior to his participation.
"Not so much with LORD OF THE RINGS," admits Wood. "I had read the
and I'd always had LORD OF THE RINGS around, but never actually read it.
not too familiar."
However, Wood is no fool. He was smart enough to keep the one piece of
memorabilia that will inevitably rank up there with the Darth Maul
double-bladed lightsaber prop from PHANTOM MENACE.
"Oh, I've got the ring," says Wood wryly.