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Title: Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: Caz on September 08, 2005, 07:11:44 pm

Some interesting things in here. :)


Elijah Wood: From Hobbit to Hooligan
by Lynn Barker 9/8/2005

Determined to choose smaller, independent movies after his long stint
as Frodo in the "Rings" trilogy, Elijah Wood, of the amazing big blue
eyes, joined the ensemble cast of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless
Mind, chose to play a monster boy serial killer in Robert Rodriguez's
Sin City and hits heavy this September as a disgraced young
journalist turned soccer hooligan in the rough, R-rated Green Street
Hooligans. In Everything is Illuminated, Elijah plays a strange young
man looking for a woman who saved his grandfather during World War II
in the Nazi-occupied Ukraine.

Meeting with us to chat about his two unusual new films, the young
actor had a real Elvis vibe going on; very black hair with long retro-
1970's sideburns and a tan stripe shirt over a darker brown tee; a
new look for Elijah who is about to add music producer to his resume.
The actor gave us news about his visit to the King Kong set, let us
know that, like his character in "Illuminated", he collects some
pretty strange stuff and told us what it's like to work in a small
car with a dog and two Russian guys and, for "Hooligans", to train to
fight like some really rough English football fans who take their
game a little too seriously.

TeenHollywood: Now that you are in your 20's and aren't wearing furry
feet anymore, what kinds of roles are you looking for?

Elijah:

Well, after those ["Rings"] films the idea of doing anything
remotely large in scale was the last thing that I wanted to do.
Having worked on that film for four years essentially I wanted to
find the smallest possible thing that I could. No makeup. No early,
early calls. No super long days. No long shooting schedule. The idea
of being like a part of 'Eternal Sunshine' which was a relatively
small role, was really exciting for me. It was an ensemble. I'm
always looking for something different than the last thing that I was
part of. I'm kind of at the mercy of whatever becomes available. I
think that the thing that I would be specifically looking for is just
roles that will continue to sort of build me as an adult. I think
that I'm still perceived a lot younger than I am. So I think that
would be the one thing that I'd be looking for the most, having roles
more adult in nature and a bit older.

TeenHollywood: What was it like to go to London and get into the
world of soccer (they call it football) hooliganism? Was it kind of
scary?

Elijah: No.

The experience of traveling up to London and those two weeks of
rehearsal were really kind of incredible because it very much
mirrored what my character went through. An American who's not really
familiar with that world, having never been to a proper football
match and kind of experiencing those things with the guys for the
first time. I didn't feel alienated at all. My character does come
into it so green and so innocent. So it was kind of perfect that I
came into it when I did. But it was actually a great time those first
two weeks. It really cemented our relationships with the guys.
TeenHollywood: What did you learn about that world?

Elijah: I appreciate it a lot more, especially going to matches. I
mean, it is truly electrifying! It's unlike any sporting event that
I've ever been to. But largely, I don't really follow sports that
much. I think that if I were to follow sports, I would probably
follow football. Definitely.

TeenHollywood: These gangs or "firms" as they like to call
themselves, really get into some brutal, bone busting fights. Did you
get hurt at all making Green Street Hooligans?

Elijah: No. I didn't get hurt. Actually, we had pretty intensive
training and choreography for the fighting. I did about three weeks
of training before I went out to London and then consequently during
those two weeks of rehearsals we all trained together and
choreographed the fights. It was fun to learn street fighting moves.
It was very male and masculine.

TeenHollywood: So although it looked really brutal in the movie, you
actors on set were having a blast?

Elijah: It was a lot of fun.

Elijah with Charlie Hunnam in "Hooligans"Credit: Freestyle
I think that we all kind of assumed, 'Oh, those are going to be the
best days, the fight scenes because it'll be scrapping and all of
that.' They were the most complicated days. They were the most
exhausting. Those scenes took the longest because it was all very,
very specific and it looks very manic. The last fight I think took
two and a half to three days and it was cold. It was exhausting. We
were sore from just exerting ourselves. But it was safe. I think
there was only one injury. Ross McCall, one of the actors in the
film, was rehearsing a particular punch movement with one of the
other actors and he clocked the guy in the nose and burst his nose.
There was blood running everywhere. He felt awful. It was a total
accident of course.

TeenHollywood: So, do you think you could now handle yourself pretty
well in a fight?

Elijah: [Laughs] I think that I could handle myself pretty well.
Yeah. I'm certainly not looking for it. But yeah, I'm not bad.

TeenHollywood: Your two new films have something in common; an
American on a self-discovery quest. Have you ever gone on a journey
to find your roots?

Elijah: I haven't made that journey.

It is something that I'd like to do. I know that I do have family in
eastern Europe which is interesting to me. I've got roots there. I
think that it's Poland and Germany. The film, 'Illuminated' came at a
time in my life when I was asking those questions and wondering about
my heritage. I was just wondering where I pretty much come from. So
it was interesting, but I haven't been on that journey of self-
discovery.

TeenHollywood: How about going to New Zealand to make "Rings"? Was
that a growth or soul-searching experience?

Elijah: Yeah.

The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring Credit: New Line
Cinemas

I left home at eighteen and living in New Zealand for sixteen months
on my own was an incredible learning experience and growing
experience for me. It was the first time that I really lived as an
adult in my life on my own outside of my comfort zone and it informed
a lot of who I am and my life. It was definitely that whole process
and even over the three years that followed, there was a lot of self-
discovery and a lot of growth.

TeenHollywood: Have you been back to New Zealand since?

Elijah: Actually, not long ago I went back. I had to go to Australia
for two days of voice work on this animated film that I'm working on
and I was like, 'Well, if they're going to bring me out for two days
I might as well just get a flight over to Wellington and spend like a
week there.' So I contacted them. And all the timing of it was
hilarious because I got an email from Philipa Boyens one of the
writers on 'Rings' and also on 'Kong.' She was like, 'I haven't heard
from you in so long. God. It would be great if you could come out and
visit.' And of course at that very moment I was planning on taking
this trip. So I was like, 'Funny you should email me, but I'm coming
out.'

TeenHollywood: So did you surprise Peter Jackson and everybody?

Elijah: Philipa freaked out and said, 'I'm not going to tell anyone.
I'm not going to tell anyone.' She told Peter [Jackson] and she told
Fran [Walsh] and no one else. So I got to Wellington and she met me
at a coffee house and we drove out to set and I walked on the stage
and the reaction from Kara [the A.D. on both "Rings" and "Kong"] was
like utter confusion and emotion. It was so amazing. I was actually
surprised at how overwhelmed I was because I was walking onto the
same stage that we used and all the same crew and it was amazing. It
was great to go back. It will always be such a huge part of my life,
that country and those people.

TeenHollywood: Did you get to do a cameo appearance in "Kong"?

Elijah: I didn't. I think that early on we had conceived of maybe
trying to get the Hobbits out there, maybe Billy [Boyd], Dom
[Monaghan] and myself to try and do some kind of cameo - get stomped
on by a giant foot or something or maybe even be dressed as Hobbits
way in the background or something. But we never got to do it because
Dom was super busy on 'Lost' and Billy has been working. So we
couldn't coordinate schedules to do it.

TeenHollywood: Did you learn anything about English football (soccer)
when you were with Dom and Billy?

Elijah: No, not really. If anyone would've had more impact on my
knowledge of football it would've been Dom Monaghan. But no I didn't
really get schooled on it that much. By the time that I
read 'Hooligans' and certainly by the time that we started filming, I
was pretty aware of the sport and had certainly seen games.
TeenHollywood: On "Illuminated", what about your character Jonathan
could you relate to? He's a kind of reclusive, uptight collector.
Elijah: Well, I'm not nearly as socially awkward or inept as he is or
as neurotic as he is.

At least I don't think that I am. But I certainly relate to his sense
of wanting to grasp onto these objects and these memories. I'm a
collector that's not nearly as organized as he is. It's rubbish how
poorly organized I am. I keep the tiniest pieces of paper that have
some kind of relevance to an experience. I sort of attach sentimental
value to absolutely everything. So in that sense wanting to grasp
hold of memories, they're kind of all over the place and if I pull
one up I'll know what it is and I'll know what it means.

TeenHollywood: So, are you gonna organize all that?

Elijah: One of these days I'll have to put it together. But I
certainly relate to that. I attach so much meaning to everything - to
experiences, to interactions, to moments, to things that remind me of
moments. I think that's one of the reasons that I love music so much
and film because it does make you remember experiences. It brings you
back. So that's definitely something that I can relate to.
TeenHollywood: Do you keep a journal?

Elijah: I should keep a journal.

I wish that I had kept a journal all these years. I don't. I'm now
kind of bound and determined to do it because I've gone so long
without writing anything down or documenting my experiences in that
way. I've always taken pictures, but I've never written anything
down. I have so many experiences and eventually it's going to get
harder and harder to remember the details. So I am going to start
doing that for sure.

TeenHollywood: How was taking a road trip with two Russian actors and
a dog while stuffed into a tiny car for "Illuminated"?

Elijah: [laughs] Fantastic. It was great.

I remember, when we started, Liev [Schreiber, the director] was
like, 'Dude, I feel bad for you being stuck in that car for over a
month. That's going to suck. It's going to get hot. It's going to be
cramped. There's going to be a dog in there. What a nightmare!' I was
like, 'Yeah. It'll be fine.' And it was great. The car was awesome.
The car was almost like a character itself and it was so cramped and
tight in there that it just lent itself to these scenes. When Eugene
[Hutz] turns around and looks at me [in the back seat] it's right in
my face.

TeenHollywood: And that was good?

Elijah: Well, it really helped me because my character is relatively
awkward and neurotic and doesn't kind of feel comfortable in any
social setting much less in a f**king tiny little car in the middle
of the Ukraine. So that being my character's nature, it really lent
itself to the feeling of being even more uncomfortable because it was
so tight, those quarters. So that was a blast and just lent such an
interesting element to those scenes that we didn't have to act out.
It was just kind of natural in terms of the space. But the cast was
wonderful. I loved working with them.

TeenHollywood: What was it like working with Liev as your director?
Most teens know him from acting.

Elijah: It was wonderful.

It's wonderful to work with a director who had never directed before
and is an actor first. [`Illuminated'] really relies on the
performance of these characters because it is a character-driven
film. So to have an actor at that heart of that, at the helm was
really helpful. And it was also fascinating for me to watch someone
who is an actor go through that first experience of directing and he
was so incredible and had a very, very clear vision of what he
wanted. He was very, very confident and it gave me great insight of
what it could possibly be for me if I were to ever direct. It was a
really educational process.

TeenHollywood: How weird was it working with actors who were
sometimes speaking Russian?

Elijah: We were dealing with two languages most of the time.

The approach to these scenes was different because you can't just
sort of memorize your lines and read the scene through because
sometimes the cue for my line or a reaction would be in Russian. So
it was really interesting, the process, of kind of working those
scenes through and getting the rhythms down. They had been written
for a very specific type of rhythm. Some of it comedic and some of it
in terms of timing for the different languages to play out. And the
dynamic between the three of us and trying to figure those things out
was always really fun.

TeenHollywood: We keep hearing that you are starting a record label.
Is that true?

Elijah: Yeah. I've always been passionate about music. And I guess
that it was just a few years ago that I thought, 'God, it'd be really
interesting to start a label. I love music and I think that it'd be a
really fun process to find bands that I really believe in and put out
music or just be a part of that process of putting out music that I
love and think people should hear.' I think that it's kind of noble
and small. It's great. So, yeah, my taste in music is so varied.
TeenHollywood: Any particular kinds of bands or artists you are
looking for?

Elijah: The people that I will have on the label are people who are
friends that I've met or have been friends with me for a while, but
it won't be a specific genre. It'll be really varied because my taste
is so varied. I never really conceived of it being one specific type
of music.

TeenHollywood: What's next for you on the acting front?

Elijah: There are a few things sort of on the horizon. There is a
movie called Bobby that Emilio Estevez wrote and is going to direct.
It's about the day that Bobby Kennedy was shot at The Ambassador
Hotel. So it's sort of about a cross section of all these different
people's lives, different stories of days in the lives of different
people at The Ambassador and it ends with that tragedy to give
insight into that experience, but also what people were going through
at that time in our history, at the hotel itself. It's really an
ambitious script and pretty incredible. So it looks like I'll be a
part of that.

From: http://www.teenhollywood.com/d.asp?r=106366&cat=1035#



"I think that it's Poland and Germany."

[color=Blue]Elijah has german roots!! :o Please explore them further, you can stay at my place while exploring your german roots!!! ;)

Is anyone still managing to keep up with ALL the magazines and articles he's been in? It's a little confusing but very illuminating. :D

My lovely mum is just printing the Rope of Silicon article for me. :-*[/color]

Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: JudyC0925 on September 08, 2005, 07:36:55 pm

Awww, that was great! I have to admit, my favorite part was hearing more about his recent back to New Zealand. I love Peter, Fran and Phillippa. :) Elijah seems more like a family member than just a friend of theirs.

Judy

Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: elijahfrodo1990 on September 08, 2005, 08:18:26 pm

[quote author=JudyC0925 link=board=1;threadid=28230;start=0#msg915459 date=1126222615]
Awww, that was great! I have to admit, my favorite part was hearing more about his recent back to New Zealand. I love Peter, Fran and Phillippa. :) Elijah seems more like a family member than just a friend of theirs.

Judy
[/quote]
That was my favorite part too ;D

Carina good luck maybe he will look farther in on this who's know? keep a room with a bed open for him just in case ;)

Hey I have german roots too I think my last name is german I have german roots on both side of my family well my Dad was adopted but he said I have some german roots on his adopted family's side :P

Kristine

Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: Caz on September 08, 2005, 08:58:56 pm

[quote author=JudyC0925 link=board=1;threadid=28230;start=0#msg915459 date=1126222615]
Awww, that was great! I have to admit, my favorite part was hearing more about his recent back to New Zealand. I love Peter, Fran and Phillippa. :) Elijah seems more like a family member than just a friend of theirs.

Judy
[/quote]

[color=Blue]This was also my favourite part. ;)
Very touching. :-*[/color]

[quote author=Elijahfrodo1990 link=board=1;threadid=28230;start=0#msg915461 date=1126225106]
Carina good luck maybe he will look farther in on this who's know? keep a room with a bed open for him just in case ;)

I can just see it now: I'm walking down the street one day and there he is with a map in one hand and a pocket size dictionary in the other, looking lost... I'd walk over slowly and ask if he needs some help...! ;D

Hey I have german roots too I think my last name is german I have german roots on both side of my family well my Dad was adopted but he said I have some german roots on his adopted family's side :P

Wow, that's so cool! :D[/quote]

Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: nettie on September 08, 2005, 09:08:31 pm

i love all these articles lately. that is a very nice one, Carina. :) i'm totally German. maybe he is my fourth cousin 5 times removed. ;)

Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: Caz on September 08, 2005, 09:18:27 pm

[color=Blue]Me too, there have been some really brilliant ones! :D

Ah yes, I had been meaning to ask you about that Nettie because I only found out you're German by accident the other day when I read a comment in Dee's LJ. How long have you lived in America? :)

If Elijah is your 4th cousin 5 times removed, I'm coming to visit!! ;D[/color]

Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: elijahfrodo1990 on September 08, 2005, 09:23:35 pm

nettie I hope you have a big house I'll be right behind Carina *I don't take up much room* ;) LOL

Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: Caz on September 08, 2005, 09:31:43 pm

[color=Blue]Yes yes, me neither, I can sleep in the garden, under the apple tree.
Anything, as long as I'm close to Elijah. ;D

Well... almost anything! ;D[/color]

Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: Kathleen on September 08, 2005, 10:03:13 pm

Thanks for this article, Carina. So many new interviews! It's wonderful.

Too bad he and Dom and Billy didn't get stomped in King Kong. ;)


Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: Celebrian on September 08, 2005, 10:57:10 pm

Great article. Thanks Carina!

And, it is too bad about not making it into King Kong. :( But, at least he got to visit and see lots of old friends. :)

Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: blueangel21 on September 08, 2005, 11:04:51 pm

I wondered whether he did get to visit Peter and Fran when I read that he was in NZ some time ago. Heh... now we know... :D

About collecting... that is soooooo me! My gosh! :o It's like he was describing me and not himself!

Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: nettie on September 08, 2005, 11:16:46 pm

Carina, i've been here for a while - went to school and university here. i was born and grew up in Berlin. next door to Dom (not wait that is not true. my next door neighbor was named Detlef). darn!

Posted by: Elijahfrodo1990
nettie I hope you have a big house I'll be right behind Carina *I don't take up much room* LOL
i know you don't take up much room. ;)

Posted by: Carina
Yes yes, me neither, I can sleep in the garden, under the apple tree.
i don't have an apple tree, but i have a plum tree. you can sleep under that or the tomatos.
elijahfrodo, since you don't take up much room, you can sleep under the basil plant. ;D

Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: elijahfrodo1990 on September 08, 2005, 11:18:28 pm

Ya I know like this whole section here it was like reading about myself. :-* I was like he's talking about me ::) *just for a second LOL*

[quote]TeenHollywood: On "Illuminated", what about your character Jonathan
could you relate to? He's a kind of reclusive, uptight collector.
Elijah: Well, I'm not nearly as socially awkward or inept as he is or
as neurotic as he is.

At least I don't think that I am. But I certainly relate to his sense
of wanting to grasp onto these objects and these memories. I'm a
collector that's not nearly as organized as he is. It's rubbish how
poorly organized I am. I keep the tiniest pieces of paper that have
some kind of relevance to an experience. I sort of attach sentimental
value to absolutely everything. So in that sense wanting to grasp
hold of memories, they're kind of all over the place and if I pull
one up I'll know what it is and I'll know what it means.

TeenHollywood: So, are you gonna organize all that?

Elijah: One of these days I'll have to put it together. But I
certainly relate to that. I attach so much meaning to everything - to
experiences, to interactions, to moments, to things that remind me of
moments. I think that's one of the reasons that I love music so much
and film because it does make you remember experiences. It brings you
back. So that's definitely something that I can relate to.

TeenHollywood: Do you keep a journal?

Elijah: I should keep a journal.

I wish that I had kept a journal all these years. I don't. I'm now
kind of bound and determined to do it because I've gone so long
without writing anything down or documenting my experiences in that
way. I've always taken pictures, but I've never written anything
down. I have so many experiences and eventually it's going to get
harder and harder to remember the details. So I am going to start
doing that for sure.[/quote]


Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: nettie on September 08, 2005, 11:21:45 pm

elijahfrodo, that whole section of the interview is just beautiful.

Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: Caz on September 09, 2005, 04:52:09 pm


on 1126231393, Kathleen wrote:
Too bad he and Dom and Billy didn't get stomped in King Kong. ;)


It's a real shame, isn't it? :o ;D

[quote author=nettie link=board=1;threadid=28230;start=0#msg915504 date=1126235806]
Carina, i've been here for a while - went to school and university here. i was born and grew up in Berlin. next door to Dom (not wait that is not true. my next door neighbor was named Detlef). darn!

[color=Blue]Thanks Nettie. :)
Hehe, that would have been quite a treat, growing up next to Dom! :D [/color]

Posted by: Carina
Yes yes, me neither, I can sleep in the garden, under the apple tree.
i don't have an apple tree, but i have a plum tree. you can sleep under that or the tomatos. [/quote]

Ah, that works fine for me, I'll take the tomatoes, thank you very much. ;D I am not on very good terms with plums since I bit in a plum which was FULL of worms when I was younger. *shudder* Since that day, I always check my plums. ;D

Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: HalfFling on September 09, 2005, 08:40:59 pm

[quote author=Carina link=board=1;threadid=28230;start=0#msg915706 date=1126299129]
Ah, that works fine for me, I'll take the tomatoes, thank you very much. ;D I am not on very good terms with plums since I bit in a plum which was FULL of worms when I was younger. *shudder* Since that day, I always check my plums. ;D
[/quote]
Sorry, about your plum experience, Carina! I'll just take the plum tree instead! ;)

Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: nettie on September 09, 2005, 09:36:41 pm

[color=Green]Carina, that is a nasty plum experience. did you have to have counseling after that? i once flew from the US to Germany during plum season and the food elevator on the 747 was broken. but the plane flew anyway and all they served were plums. you would probably have gotten off that flight. :D
this story has absolutely nothing to do with Elijah, unless he likes plums. so back to Elijah... [/color]

Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: myFrodo on September 09, 2005, 10:24:06 pm

Lij should write a journal about his movie experiences!! It be so nice if he sharing this with all the fans!! :D

Title: Re:Elijah in Teen Hollywood Magazine (Sep 8)
Post by: blueangel21 on September 10, 2005, 12:21:04 am

[quote author=MyFrodo link=board=1;threadid=28230;start=15#msg915841 date=1126319046]
Lij should write a journal about his movie experiences!! It be so nice if he sharing this with all the fans!! :D
[/quote]

I agree, MyFrodo. :D What a precious gift it would be to all his loyal fans. ;)

Sorry to hear about your bad plum experience, Carina. Hey, got any spare plant/shade for me, nettie? ;) :P


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