It was revealed last week that Elijah Wood would, somewhat bafflingly, be reprising his Frodo role for Peter Jackson’s upcoming two-part adaptation of The Hobbit. This is strange because, as anyone who has read the book knows, Frodo does not feature into the story at all. The reason behind inserting him — for bookending scenes that will serve to bridge the Lord of the Rings trilogy with its prequel — makes sense, but it’s still a little strange.
Speaking in an impromptu interview with IGN, Wood revealed that he never for a moment saw it coming. “We thought we were finished and the character doesn’t even exist in [the book of] The Hobbit,” he said, adding, “So it was not even a pipe dream to imagine the possibility would be there for me to reprise the role of Frodo.”
He is of course game to come back for more, especially now that he knows what Jackson is planning. “They’ve come up with something that I think is kind of interesting and I think very fitting that doesn’t necessarily infringe upon the integrity of the original novel,” he said. “It’s great. I’m really excited.”
Wood obviously wasn’t willing to reveal the particulars of his appearance in the movie, but he did offer a hint of what to expect based on the little he knows right now. “I think it’ll be relatively minimal,” he said. “That’s my impression. I actually haven’t read anything yet. I haven’t read a script. I have almost as much information as you guys have!” Untrue, Elijah. We have the power of the Internet at our fingertips. Which means mountains of misinformation to go along with actual information. That’s why we like talking to your lot, the better to clear things up.
Wood admitted that, for him, becoming Frodo again is really about taking a trip through his memories. “Those films marked a huge, massive experience in my life,” he explained. “It’s been 11 years, basically, since I went to New Zealand, so it’ll be a beautiful reunion and I’m just excited to go back and see everybody again.”
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