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« Reply #30 on: September 11, 2005, 03:44:19 pm »

I know this sounds ridiculous but I still can't get the full article.  It seems that the only way to get it is if I select to pay for the article. Do you guys think it's worth the money?  It's 1 dollar of British money.  What does that translate to in American money?  lol  Sorry I don't know. Thanks!
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« Reply #31 on: September 12, 2005, 05:39:33 am »

Can someone please cut and paste the article into this thread, I would really appreciate it since I cant get to it either..........
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« Reply #32 on: September 12, 2005, 06:57:50 am »

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http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article309826.ece

Elijah Wood: Kicking the hobbit

After 'Lord of the Rings', Elijah Wood could have taken the starry
Hollywood route. But not this blue-eyed boy. He tells Craig McLean
about his plans to launch a radio station, set up a record label,
produce films... and even find time for some acting

Published: 03 September 2005

Deploying his best vernacular British English, and puffing animatedly
on one of his funny clove cigarettes, Elijah Wood pronounces
himself "gutted". He's just found out that the happening (but still
fairly underground) Glasgow band Sons & Daughters are playing a semi-
secret show in Edinburgh at 7pm. "And I have to go to a premiere at
7.30," he grumbles, good naturedly. No matter that the premiere is,
effectively, in his honour, for the British football hooligan
melodrama Green Street in which he has the lead role. This fresh-
faced, casually crumpled actor is also less than chuffed to find out
that he's missing an intimate show from one of the summer's hottest
tickets, The Magic Numbers, the following evening.

"This festival is amazing. I've wanted to come here for so long, and
to be here for just a night is torture." Wood shakes his head and
blows ruminative smoke at the window of the hotel suite, his
surreally luminous pale-blue eyes gazing out at the castle plonked in
the middle of the city centre. The bands will have to wait.

The various festivals taking place in Edinburgh in August make the
city the main destination for the arts globally. And in terms of box-
office clout, the Lord of the Rings trilogy makes Wood the biggest
star attending this year's 59th International Film Festival. He's one
of the most striking actors of his generation, the diminutive boy/man
who will forever be Frodo Baggins. But in the low-budget Green
Street, he is memorably cast as Matt Buckner, a well-to-do American
recently kicked out of Harvard who, as if by cinematic magic, becomes
a well-respected member of a West Ham "firm", the Green Street Elite.
Matt's newfound enthusiasm for boozy rucking impacts grievously on
his sister, her English husband and the latter's terrace tearaway
brother (Charlie Hunnam, the young one out of Queer as Folk).

While the plot is a little fantastical, and the subject matter
somewhat worn, Green Street is well acted and emotionally involving.
And, unsurprisingly, violent too - one actor suffered a broken nose
during filming. The fight scenes are vivid, shot with jerky, close-
quarter camera work that leaps out of the screen. It won't only be
legions of female and fantasy fans who will wince as "Frodo", having
downed umpteen pints, is viciously smacked to the ground before
getting back up and sticking the boot in himself.

As a committed music follower, and having formed a close bond with
the other hobbit actors on Lord of the Rings - complete with matching
tattoos - Wood was drawn to the themes of tribalism and gang
fraternity in Green Street. His accent betrays no hint of the Iowa he
left as an eight-year-old when he, his mum, brother and sister
swapped the Midwest for Los Angeles and the pursuit of an acting
career that began with a Paula Abdul video, a bit part in Back to the
Future Part II, and a role in Barry Levinson's Avalon. His dad stayed
behind in Iowa (he never mentions him), and Wood rhapsodises about
his mum's "instinctive" wisdom on how best to guide him through a
Hollywood that eats up child actors. It was her keen eye for what
was "right and pure" that allowed him to progress through roles in
Flipper and the critically mauled North, via The Good Son alongside
child-star flameout Macaulay Culkin, on to a breakthrough part in The
Ice Storm and, ultimately, aged 18, the beginning of the four-year
Lord of the Rings shoot.

But with Elijah Wood, before you get to hobbits and hooligans, you
have to talk music. It relaxes him, excites him and, frankly, is a
lot more interesting and illuminating than Orlando Bloom, Josh
Hartnett or somesuch young buck wittering on about their "craft".
Wood has been making films for a decade and a half but his love of
bands seems to be hardwired into his genes. (I'd brought him some CDs
of fairly obscure British stuff I thought he might like; the little
bugger already had most of them.)

Yep, he's up to speed on the new Franz Ferdinand single, "Do You Want
To?" ("I heard it on Jo Whiley," he says like a native), and
pronounces it "quite disco"; they were his favourite new band of last
year but he seems not sure what to make of their apparent new
direction. He talks enthusiastically of meeting Radiohead's producer,
Nigel Godrich, in Los Angeles the other week but was alarmed by news
from him that he shouldn't expect a new album from the band until
next autumn. "Which is a bit of a shame." The most exciting thing
that's happened to him of late was taking his mum to see The White
Stripes at LA's Greek Theatre. It was her birthday, "and she's a
huge, huge fan. They were incredible," he enthuses. "They're insane.
They never play the same show twice. Jack White doesn't know what
he's going to play when he goes on stage, there's no set list. It's
pretty extraordinary."

This is Elijah Wood: a fan. He knows his stuff. And the stuff he
likes, he really likes. Every other Tuesday he and a friend take
their iPods f down to LA hang-out The Bar, owned by another friend,
and DJ for five hours - it's "a totally random mix of music". He's
trying to set up a radio channel for like-minded music nuts on
Sirius, a subscription-only satellite service. "People can call up
sports radio stations and bitch about sports. Same with talk radio.
But as a music fan, one of the most important things is discussion.
You bitch about bands, you talk about new records and shows you've
seen. And there isn't really a forum for that."

He's in the advanced stages of establishing his own record label, and
is currently trying to work out funding for it. He's signed one band,
is interested in another two and thinks he'll be involved in "all the
creative decisions" with the CDs he puts out. The label is to be
called Simian. "I was always called a monkey when I was child. It was
a name that my mom gave me, because I'd climb up on to things. And I
just love the word Simian." His original choice for the label's name
was It's Not You It's Me Records, "but I thought that was a
bit 'emo'," he says, referencing the name of the genre of emotionally
intensive geek-rock that American college kids are particularly mad
for.

How is he going to fit in time for all of this? "Who knows?" he grins
through a puff of smoke. "It's ambitious, but it's exciting. And it's
nice to put my energy into something else. And I've been so lucky to
meet a lot of people in the music industry and be friends with them.
So it also feels relatively natural because it's a part of my life
anyway."

Unlike his peers in young Hollywood - Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey
Maguire, Ashton Kutcher - living the glitzy LA life is not really
this young veteran's bag. Wood lives in the more relaxed area of
Venice Beach, remains close to his family, goes to gigs with fellow
music-heads, and keeps up with the close mates he made filming the
Rings trilogy in New Zealand, including Dominic Monaghan, the
Mancunian star of Channel 4's Lost, and the Scottish actor Billy
Boyd. The latter had been in Edinburgh just before Wood arrived,
promoting the Peter Mullan film On A Clear Day; another missed hook-
up that had the American "gutted".

Wood is more fanboy than party boy, and his passions range beyond
music. He's a comic buff, and was so into Frank Miller's cult Sin
City that he nearly "fell off his seat" when its director Robert
Rodriguez - an old pal since they made the high school horror The
Faculty - told him he had worked out a way to film the famously dark
and fantastical tale. Of course Elijah would like to play the part of
Kevin, the cannibal who gets scoffed by his own wolf. Ditto Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in which he played a creepy memory-
erasing technician: he'd always loved loved loved director Michel
Gondry's pop videos, and Charlie Kaufman was the scriptwriting king -
you betcha he'd like a part in anything those two mavericks came up
with.

Both these post-Lord of the Rings roles - each small but perfectly
formed, in eye-popping movies a million miles from Mordor - offered
radically different challenges. Likewise Green Street. Rather than
him being chased by a director (Lexi Alexander, making her first full
feature) in need of a box-office "name" to tee up a small production,
Wood pursued Green Street. He was wowed by the at-any-cost enthusiasm
to make the film shown by Alexander, a martial arts aficionado who
grew up in the German town of Mannheim running with a gang of local
football hooligans.

"Lord of the Rings was so massive," he says. "So it was nice to be
able to work on something simpler, something more focused, without
the grandness and time associated with something so big. Green Street
certainly gave me the opportunity to explore darker sides of the
human experience which I hadn't really done before. So that was
exciting. And I loved the subject matter, I was fascinated with it.
It wasn't something, as an American, I was very familiar with." Wood
concedes that the journey that Matt takes requires "a lot" of faith
on the part of the viewer. Harvard to hooligan is as big a leap as
Wood's leap, from the New Zealand-shot Shire to the terraces of Upton
Park.

"I think maybe I was a little naive in the beginning, because I just
saw it as a character. I didn't look at it in the context of the
reality of that world, or how others would perceive an American being
involved in that world, until I got to London. Then I realised that
the very notion that a Harvard American would fall in with, and
become a hooligan, and actually be respected for such, is pretty far
fetched. So I tended not to think of it in those terms and just
played the character I was meant to play and make that transition as
believable as I possibly could in the context of the story."

It's to his credit that Wood makes Matt's change credible. He's by no
means a big guy, but when he fixes that piercing stare on the
Millwall mob, there's a gravitas and purpose on the screen. He says
he relished the challenge to develop a character, and the
transformation of their nature into something altogether darker and
more complex, without the back-up of prosthetics, computer jiggery-
pokery and legions of extravagantly realised extras.

"Frodo was succumbing to an evil. He essentially dies by the end of
the [last Rings] film; to strip his soul away throughout the process
of the films was a challenge for me. But with Matt, obviously he's
making the choice to become this person. That was something that was
interesting, to be able to make that change in a subtle way in the
context of a human story."

Wood's next film is a journey too, and another left turn. Everything
is Illuminated (released in December) is an adaptation of Jonathan
Safran Foer's much-garlanded debut novel. Quasi-biographical, multi-
layered and multi-textual, the story follows a geeky Jewish-American
called Jonathan Safran Foer, played by Wood, as he travels to the
Ukraine in an attempt to trace the woman who saved his grandfather
from the Nazis. He is accompanied by a translator whose mangled
English creates much of the hefty humour. It's been written and
directed by the character actor Liev Schreiber.

"It was a wonderful project to work on, and a very different
character for me," Wood says. As with Lexi Alexander and Green
Street, he was inspired by Schreiber's personal stake and dedication
to the story, and rhapsodises about recently watching the latter
perform on Broadway in Glengarry Glen Ross.

It is perhaps no coincidence that Wood is also now trying to adapt a
book, the cult Russian tome Novel With Cocaine, which features a
Holden Caulfield-esque protagonist. He's in the middle of negotiating
the rights, might star in it, might produce it. "The idea of
developing something from the ground up and ultimately seeing it
through to production and finish it as a film is a really exciting
concept and, I imagine, very gratifying."

First though, after his Edinburgh premiere, and a London premiere,
and no doubt more missed gigs, he was off to France. He's filming a
part in Paris, Je T'Aime, a collection of 20 shorts on the subject of
love in Paris, directed by a host of different directors including
The Coen Brothers and Gus Van Sant. "I feel really honoured just to
be part of it."

But no matter where he runs, whatever he does, whoever he plays, the
shadow of the Rings won't be far behind. Is that a burden? Wood gives
a not-bothered shrug. "It's certainly going to be a part of my life
for a long time. I think that was school for life, for all of us. We
were all relatively young, and it was like going to university. It
had a massive impact on my life. I'm definitely a different person as
a result of working on those films. What is truly extraordinary is
that thing of travelling all around the world, and no matter where
you go, there are fans. And the films mean as much to these people in
one place as they do in another country. It's truly extraordinary.
But no, it's not a burden, it's something I understand."

Meanwhile, there's the vexed question of The Hobbit. It's still mired
in rights hell. But if the film version came together, and Peter
Jackson was again directing Tolkien, would he be up for a
part? "Probably not," he says with a hesitant wince. Frodo's not in
the story, "and I wouldn't want to tackle the role of Bilbo. I went
through so much in the journey to play that one character. To go back
would do me, and the character of Bilbo, a bit of a disservice.
here'd be something sacrilegious about that."

Spoken like a true, obsessive fan.

'Green Street' is out on Friday. 'Everything is Illuminated' follows
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Aside from the fact that it would be hard for people to accept him as Bilbo, once he's played Frodo with such power.
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« Reply #34 on: September 12, 2005, 09:18:35 pm »

Thank you Blue Angel!!!  You are an angel!  Hee! hee! 
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Thank you Blue Angel!!!  You are an angel!  Hee! hee! 

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Quote from: Yeux de bleu on September 02, 2005, 10:58:53 pm   

This article/interview about/with Elijah covers so many different topics it doesn't really fit on any other single topic thread.  Very, very interesting reading.  All I can say is "What a guy!  You gotta love him!"

http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article309826.ece

Did you have to buy the article?
I only get the little part on the web page.
Anyone???
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Geez, I'm so way behind!  Thanks for the great article Yeux and Blue Angel! 

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Quote from: frodomyhero on September 12, 2005, 10:37:27 pm   


Quote from: Yeux de bleu on September 02, 2005, 10:58:53 pm   

This article/interview about/with Elijah covers so many different topics it doesn't really fit on any other single topic thread.  Very, very interesting reading.  All I can say is "What a guy!  You gotta love him!"

http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article309826.ece

Quote from: Yeux de bleu on September 02, 2005, 10:58:53 pm   

This article/interview about/with Elijah covers so many different topics it doesn't really fit on any other single topic thread.  Very, very interesting reading.  All I can say is "What a guy!  You gotta love him!"

http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article309826.ece

Did you have to buy the article?
I only get the little part on the web page.
Anyone???

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« Reply #39 on: September 13, 2005, 05:28:49 am »

Thank you so much :-)
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