We are talking about Elijah Jordan Wood, a film producer, and actor.
‘I was always taking care of other people, thinking about their feelings and not my own. ‘When you unpack it and you recognise that he battled with addiction for the vast majority of his life, there had to be darkness, but I never saw a stitch of it.
I don’t think I’ve met anyone in my life that shone so brightly, made so many people so happy and was so humble.
Now that he has enough projects out there to make references to Frodo ridiculously churlish, it seems he has nothing left to prove. His role in the understated director Andy Goddard, the film focuses on the relationship between the ‘roistering, drunken, doomed poet’ Dylan Thomas (played by Welsh actor Celyn Jones, who also co-wrote the film) and the Harvard academic John Malcolm Brinnin (a Buster Keaton-looking Wood), the man responsible for inviting Thomas to tour America — a move that would both cement his status as a cultural icon for the Beat movement and lead to his untimely death, hastened by binge-drinking, in New York in 1953. I met Paul Mc Cartney once and he was so wonderful.’ Wood says he was always well-adjusted.
But f*** me, I get so monged out.’ Wood is an ace at British colloquialisms. ‘I’ve never been disappointed with any of my heroes.
He has a large number of fan following on his Twitter account.
If you are also a fan of his, you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I wonder if it can be just this physical slightness that has allowed him to dodge the slings and arrows of Hollywood fortune: the damaging repercussions of a decade of child stardom and the potential career-killing effects of the mania surrounding trilogy that forever crystallised him as the load-bearing saviour Frodo in the minds of the media, public and casting directors alike. So when we sit down to talk about his new film, I start testing him, jabbing at him like a school bully, though I’m not quite sure what I’m trying to find. They’ll be like, “Frodo is doing a horror movie.” That’s annoying. But , in which he was burdened with the task of carrying the whole trilogy, which swallowed up four formative years — from 18 to 21 — of his life. It was more of a family reunion.’ The same logic applies to the Air New Zealand safety video he shot recently in which he is dwarfed in a giant-scale plane seat. Someone suggested therapy and I thought, “I actually think I need this.” I was an adult from a young age, I had to deal with so much familial responsibility. I missed out on certain things, but if anything that shaped me. He lives between California’s Venice Beach and Austin, Texas, avoids the paparazzi’s prime hunting areas in Los Angeles, doesn’t party at clubs and tends to only retweet on Twitter. I don’t roll in the scene at all.’ Of Hollywood he says: ‘It can be a very dark place, but it can also be wonderful.All of this, Wood has endured good-naturedly and politely. Despite a morning of 12 television interviews back-to-back at the Corinthia Hotel, he is still opening doors for waiters, thanking everyone and pronouncing that everything is ‘wonderful’ or ‘delightful’. Next came a decade of de-Frodification, in which Wood progressively ruptured the confines of family-friendly, big-budget fantasy, with smaller indie roles: the nerdy pervert lab technician in a bizarre BBC Three comedy in which he played a suicidal loser ‘saved’ by his friendship with his neighbour’s dog who manifests to him as a bong-smoking Australian. By the time I really needed friends my own age, I had them.’ He lights another cigarette. At its best it’s an opportunity to create great art. At its worst it can destroy and bring out the worst in people.’ Our conversation turns to Robin Williams, with whom Wood worked side by side when voicing ‘The death of Robin really shocked me.’ His eyes look like giant blue marbles for a second.Many people say that he resembles Daniel Radcliffe. He won the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor for the movie “The Good Son”.Though he has already come to the age of 35, he has not mentioned about getting married.Besides these movies, he has played various roles in “Bobby”, “Happy Feet”, “The Death and Return of Superman”, “Maniac” and “Set Fire to the Stars”.