February 4, 2000Rings Star Happy Here
Hollywood star Elijah Wood - who plays the lead character in
The Lord Of The Rings movies - says Wellington has become his home away from home.
Wood, 19, who plays Hobbit Frodo Baggins, chatted on an
American entertainment website yesterday about wearing giant feet in the $360 million
project, working with director Peter Jackson and living in Wellington.
"I don't feel that far from home. I know I am, but I'm
so at home here. I feel like Wellington is my home away from home. I just got a house - I
had an apartment for a while - so I'm totally settling in.
"I feel so comfortable. And New Zealand's just a great
place to work, it's a really relaxed and constantly beautiful atmosphere, so it' s a lot
Wood said he is was usually picked up at 5am for filming,
that began with a 2½-hour makeup session - including fitting prosthetic ears, a wig and
big hairy feet.
"I get into my feet, which takes about an hour. They
actually are very comfortable, thank God. But it does take a while to put them on."
Wood said he'd been impressed with an earlier Jackson film,
"I absolutely fell in love with that movie and I really
wanted to work with him," he said.
Jackson and screenwriting partner Fran Walsh were also open
to ideas from actors.
"We have open meetings where we talk about scenes and
where our characters are going. It's kinda everyone's film in a way."
Yesterday British actor Sir Ian McKellen detailed his
impressions of New Zealand.