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« Reply #15 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.
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« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2005, 01:28:31 am »

Ah, West Ham are my favourite team.

I can't wait to see this movie.
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« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2005, 01:33:11 am »


Quote from: 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.

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.
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« Reply #18 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
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« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2005, 10:53:47 am »



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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.


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?
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« Reply #20 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.
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Re:Wood Attacked By Soccer Club
« Reply #21 on: August 30, 2005, 10:46:39 pm »

  it's hard to make Elijah wood mad...I have never seen him mad at all.
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« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2005, 01:24:46 pm »

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