This chapter of 'A Journey With Frodo' is only a teensy-weensy chapter compared to all the others. The reason for this is that I always wanted Cannes to have a chapter to itself and, between arriving back home from NZ and going to Cannes, Elijah virtually went into hibernation except for a few days work on 'Ash Wednesday', so there is only very little material covering that period. I did mention in a previous post that this chapter would cover Elijah's visit to ComiCon in July 2001 but as that came after Cannes I will have to leave that for Chapter 22:)
For anyone unfamiliar with my pet project, 'A Journey With Frodo' (a work in progress) is the story of Elijah Wood's experience in becoming Frodo, from back in 1998 when the LOTR movies were just a whisper up to the triumphant Oscars of Feb 2004. In reliving Elijah's journey, and mine, I am using everything I can lay my hands on - behind-the-scenes material from the various dvd's, magazine articles, books, internet sites, tv coverage, word-of-mouth info, etc. Previous chapters can be found here "A JOURNEY WITH FRODO" You'll need to scroll down to find Chapter 1:)
"And then we flew home - the next day - and I didn't quite know what to do with myself."
Elijah recalls his feelings on leaving New Zealand at the end of principal filming: (ROTK EEDVD)
"We didn't know at the time that we'd be coming back for pick-ups, so it was at the time a mixture of all sorts of odd emotions ..."
"... of feeling incredibly sad ... not knowing when we'd see these people again."
Even when he eventually agreed to work again, in his next movie Ash Wednesday, he had second thoughts.
"I met Ed Burns, who is directing the film, and loved the idea of working with him," he says, sitting in T-shirt and jeans in his New York hotel suite, looking more like an off-duty bellboy than a major star. "It sounded great and he seemed cool."
"I said: 'Yes - definitely.' But when I was driving home, I was thinking: 'Do I really want it? I am tired. I don't want to work.' I almost gave him a call to pull out of it or give an excuse.
"I am glad that I did agree, because it got me started again. It's not a big role and it was great to be around a film set and actors again. I was outside the comfort zone of Lord Of The Rings and I needed to push myself." ~ (Daily Mirror, UK)
"He's already acted in one film, Ash Wednesday, an indie directed by and costarring Edward Burns, which was shot over 20 days in January (a walk in the Shire, compared to the 274 day Rings marathon)."(Premiere)
A teenager no more!!:
On 28th Jan Elijah celebrated his 20th birthday - it was acknowledged by theonering.net in the usual way:
Today, January 28th is Elijah Wood (Frodo) birthday! Elijah was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1981. That makes him the big 20 today! Happy Birthday Elijah! One more until you're legal in the US!
1st February 2001 ~ Elijah & Sean together again at the Mann Village Theatre for the ‘Hannibal’ Premiere:
And all the hobbits and the elf got together in Malibu for a spot of surfing and a photoshoot:
“Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood and Sean Astin pose for Details magazine in APRIL '01. Picture taken while the quintet were taking a break in Malibu.”
It was around this time that the first teaser poster for FOTR made an appearance:
"With reshoots still to be done for Rings, Wood says that Frodo remains under his skin. 'Hobbits, basically, besides their size, are just kind of pure, in love with life, in love with friends and friendship, good food, and great conversation,' he says. 'It's all of the wonderful things about life. And I feel I was kind of like that before I played Frodo, but I think I'm probably more like that now.'" (Premiere)
TO BE CONTINUED
LINK TO ALL CHAPTERS:
"A JOURNEY WITH FRODO"
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