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Title: Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: elijahfrodo1990 on August 25, 2005, 01:42:22 pm

WOOD ATTACKED BY SOCCER CLUB

ELIJAH WOOD has been blasted by British soccer club West Ham United because they believe he tricked them into allowing violent scenes for new movie GREEN STREET to be shot in their stadium.

Bosses at the English Premiership team's Upton Park, London, stadium are furious with the 24-year-old because they had been assured the scenes would show soccer fans in a positive light.

A West Ham United club official says, "We would never have permitted them to work inside the ground if we had known how the film was going to turn out."

25/08/2005 14:13

http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/mndwebpages/wood%20attacked%20by%20soccer%20club (http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/mndwebpages/wood%20attacked%20by%20soccer%20club)

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: guest on August 25, 2005, 02:09:18 pm

lol And what does Elijah have to do with that? ::)

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: Enara on August 25, 2005, 02:14:44 pm

[color=Blue]I donīt think that is true. I am from Spain, here football is the most important sport and the league is followed every weekend by almost the whole country. We also have violent groups of supporters and sometimes there are serious problems with them during the match or after it.
The clubs have expressed their position against this attitude and behavior many times but it is very well known these groups receive money from teams for attending the matches taking place far away from their own city. This means that the teams are supporting these violent groups of hooligans because somehow it is good for them ( ???).

So I am sure people from West Ham football club knew the real content of the movie, what it was about, but now they want to play a kind of masquerade to the public opinion.

Do you understand what I mean? For me there is no doubt about it. I love football and know how this business works.[/color]

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: Annouille on August 25, 2005, 03:10:07 pm

Football is very important in France too, but we haven't got a lot of Hooligans like in England and Spain, except for Paris team (PSG) and Marseilles team (OM). There is a "war" between the suppoters.
They're not intelligent for me. :-\

And about West Ham, I'm totally agree with Enara.

I hate football because of the mentality from supporters, and all the money that the football player earn.

I prefer Quidditch! ;D ;)

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: Caz on August 25, 2005, 03:12:36 pm

Either way, it's certainly not Elijah who "tricked" anyone, because he only played Matt. ;)

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: Galadriel OLC on August 25, 2005, 04:49:52 pm

I am wondering ::)

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: myFrodo on August 25, 2005, 05:08:08 pm

I was shocked when I read the title!! I don't think Lij tricked nobody, either. Why West Ham team is furious with Lij? Because the movie depicts the hooliganism violence. Unfortunately, there is a lack of security in many of the stadiums. I love sports, I love football, but these people are ruined it and because of them nobody can enjoy a match in the stadiums. I hope Germany take measures against hooliganism in next year's World Cup. I don't want to hear another sad incident like France '98 tournament. Remember the police officer attacked by those hooligans?

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: Sabine on August 25, 2005, 05:22:23 pm

There is nothing to wonder about. They choose his name, because he is the famous person in this movie.

I do understand that they feel uncomfortable - but I really doubt that one of their officials have seen the movie, then they would know, that this film is about friendship and loyality - they could also have chosen Arsenal, Liverpool, Madrid, Barcelona or Schalke.

The bar scenes and the scenes in the stadium are so familiar to me, I am living with football for over 30 years, but I would never think, that all West Ham fans are Hooligans.

MyFrodo, you can be sure that our officials will do everything to protect the "normal" visitors, but you cannot control everything and every person - thats impossible.

Enara, I think it was Lexi, who has confirmed, that they lied about the real plot to the West Ham people.... 8)



Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: Cristiel on August 25, 2005, 07:09:38 pm

I think every country that has a football culture has his own hooligans. In Belgium, we have the O-side of Anderlecht and the X-side of Antwerp (those are the two with the worst reputation). I'm already holding my breath now Anderlecht has be play against Liverpool and Chelsea for the Champion's League.

Twenty years ago, 39 people died during the finals of the UEFA-cup that was played in Belgium's Heizel Stadium between Liverpool and Juventus. I think that will forever be remembered as a black day in football history.

If West-Ham is not happy with the movie, they should go to Lexi and the producers of the film and not blame Elijah for something that he is not responsible for. He's only an actor...

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: Caz on August 25, 2005, 07:20:48 pm

I think we should also be careful about believing everything that's written on contactmusic. We all know how they sometimes like to take bits of texts from interviews etc. and make them sound like something else. :P

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: Seven on August 25, 2005, 07:51:33 pm

*beep beep* Publicity hogs coming through!

Seriously, Carina is right -- contactmusic is notorious for, ahem, not caring about facts. And even if the story is true, then they should get lives and blame someone other than the lead actor. The actors don't deal with that sort of thing. (But it does get the press paying attention -- if they said "West Ham is mad at Lexi Alexander," who would care?)

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: blueangel21 on August 25, 2005, 11:19:59 pm

[quote author=Seven link=board=1;threadid=28079;start=0#msg910661 date=1125013893]
*beep beep* Publicity hogs coming through!

Seriously, Carina is right -- contactmusic is notorious for, ahem, not caring about facts. And even if the story is true, then they should get lives and blame someone other than the lead actor. The actors don't deal with that sort of thing. (But it does get the press paying attention -- if they said "West Ham is mad at Lexi Alexander," who would care?)
[/quote]

Exactly! Carina is right. I think Deenan posted a short newspaper article concerning this earlier, and Seven made a thread as well. It was the production team and not Lij who was responsible... so very tricksy.

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: TotalGeek on August 26, 2005, 04:54:01 pm

Grr.. get mad at people who were responsible not the actors. I don't know, maybe it's made up.

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: Withywindle on August 26, 2005, 09:11:03 pm

Then again, in showbusiness there's no such thing as bad publicity. This could help the continuing process of spreading recognition of Lij as an actor who has more under his belt than Frodo alone.

This issue makes me feel all giggly inside. The article is absurd to begin with, and it conjures up images of a sneaky Lij as a sneaky little devil. ;D

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: frodomyhero on August 26, 2005, 11:02:34 pm

[quote author=Elijahfrodo1990 link=board=1;threadid=28079;start=0#msg910589 date=1124991742]
WOOD ATTACKED BY SOCCER CLUB

ELIJAH WOOD has been blasted by British soccer club West Ham United because they believe he tricked them into allowing violent scenes for new movie GREEN STREET to be shot in their stadium.

Bosses at the English Premiership team's Upton Park, London, stadium are furious with the 24-year-old because they had been assured the scenes would show soccer fans in a positive light.

A West Ham United club official says, "We would never have permitted them to work inside the ground if we had known how the film was going to turn out."

25/08/2005 14:13

http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/mndwebpages/wood%20attacked%20by%20soccer%20club (http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/mndwebpages/wood%20attacked%20by%20soccer%20club)
[/quote]

Well.... when I was at Tribeca Film fetival, Lexi Alexander actually was asked that same question , if she "tricked " the West Ham people. .. And she said she sort of did... and so they are not exactly off on feeling that way.... but , it's not Elijah's fault... he wasn't the director .... he was merely an actor doing what the director said too... so he had no power over what she was doing.. it was her idea and excuse the expression "ballgame".

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: PuffTheMagicDragon on August 28, 2005, 12:55:41 am

If you go to google and look it up, that's the only site that has an article written about it. Don't you think there'd be a lot of articles on it if it really happened? It sounds pretty faked to me.

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: eLijAhZpuMpKiNlOvE on August 28, 2005, 01:28:31 am

Ah, West Ham are my favourite team. 8)

I can't wait to see this movie. :)

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: blueangel21 on August 28, 2005, 01:33:11 am

[quote author=PuffTheMagicDragon link=board=1;threadid=28079;start=15#msg911317 date=1125204941]
If you go to google and look it up, that's the only site that has an article written about it. Don't you think there'd be a lot of articles on it if it really happened? It sounds pretty faked to me.
[/quote]

Actually, several articles have been written before this one... and Lexi sort of admitted to it during a convention just like what Frodomyhero has said.

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: Caz on August 28, 2005, 10:07:23 am

This has nothing to do with Elijah and he's not to blame.. I do wonder who's telling the truth though:

Hammer blow
By Francis Keogh

Film makers have angered West Ham with a new football hooligan movie featuring Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood.

The east London club gave access to its Upton Park home after being told the film had an anti-violence message.

But the Hammers and local community are angry after learning the movie centres on a group of thugs, and is named Green Street after a nearby road.

Local mayor Sir Robin Wales said: "We don't want it, we don't need this sort of publicity."

However, the film makers insist the movie does not attempt to glamourise violence.

"I promised them it would be a film that fundamentally opposed violence, and they read part of the script," said director Lexi Alexander.

The script is based on an American student who drops out of university, moves to England and becomes embroiled in football violence.

Wood posed in a Hammers shirt on the pitch before a match against Gillingham in 2004 as he prepared for the film, then titled The Yank.

The actor was introduced to spectators and signed autographs before shooting some crowd scenes.

But it later emerged the project focused on a group of hooligans, bearing clear echoes of the real-life Inter City Firm, a notorious group of troublemakers associated with West Ham.

The film's title was changed first to Hooligans and eventually Green Street, the name of the main road running alongside the ground, and an area famed as a centre of Asian shopping, food and culture.

It is understood West Ham were initially happy the film would have a strong anti-violence message, but officials became concerned when the crew returned the day after the match, and the nature of the crowd shots became clear.

The club has worked tirelessly towards eradicating hooliganism at its matches.

A spokesman told BBC Sport: "We gave them limited access to the stadium. If we'd known the full extent of the violence in the film, we would not have given them the co-operation we did."

German director Alexander denies suggestions West Ham were duped into filming.

"It's an urban myth that we scammed them - they are not that stupid," she told the Evening Standard.

"They were worried when some paparazzi shots came out of the more graphic scenes, but when they saw the final product, they were happy."

Wales, the mayor of Newham borough which includes Upton Park, has not seen the film but is unhappy with its title.

"We've tried to get copies of it, but they've not let us see them. I guess they are a bit embarrassed about what they are doing," he told BBC Five Live.

He added: "The film shouldn't be called Green Street, they shouldn't set it in our borough.

"They want to make money out of it and they don't care if it upsets or causes problems locally or for West Ham. It's irresponsible."

He said Green Street is a thriving Asian centre and a major regional shopping attraction.

"It has a real buzz to it. People come to this street, and are amazed by it," said Wales.

Earlier in 2005, Wales was a key local figure in backing London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics, and helped arrange a victory parade when West Ham won promotion back to the Premiership.

He is worried the film could attract a cult following and see curious tourists attracted to Green Street for the wrong reasons.

"We've got the Olympics coming here. We are trying to raise aspirations and expectations - we don't need these people whose only interest is making a buck," he said.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/w/west_ham_utd/4186838.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/w/west_ham_utd/4186838.stm)

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: blueangel21 on August 28, 2005, 10:53:47 am


[quote]He is worried the film could attract a cult following and see curious tourists attracted to Green Street for the wrong reasons.
"We've got the Olympics coming here. We are trying to raise aspirations and expectations - we don't need these people whose only interest is making a buck," he said. [/quote]

Odd... the film is not even due for a worldwide release. I guess they could be more worried about the international popularity of a certain Elijah Wood.

Making a buck? ??? Elijah actually helped finance this thing.

Wonder how much it will make in the US and the UK though? ???

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: Joanie on August 29, 2005, 11:55:27 pm

Well, like Frodomyhero said, Lexi did mention at Tribeca that she 'sort of duped them' as some newspaper reports had mentioned. It was the only way West Ham would cooperate in letting them film in the stadium.

If they have a bone to pick, it should squarely be with Lexi Alexander. Elijah, as mentioned here, is only an actor playing a part and they only mention his name to get publicity.

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: Crazygal on August 30, 2005, 10:46:39 pm

it's hard to make Elijah wood mad...I have never seen him mad at all.

Title: Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
Post by: lozza on September 02, 2005, 01:24:46 pm

:D yeah thats true hes never even been in a real fight!


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