After putting in a brief appearance inside the theater, to the delight of the fans Elijah Wood returned to the hoopla outside. Posing for photos, signing autographs, and spending time with the media, Elijah Wood discussed his time spent working on The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
ELIJAH WOOD (Frodo):
Is it possible to summarize the Wellington Premiere?
125,000 people in a seething, roaring mass. It was incredible.
The trilogy is over. What are you feeling right now?
Well, I just listened to Peter Jackson give a speech about the fact that this is the end and welcome to the end. Im feeling kind of sentimental a bit at the moment. Its been four years in the making and finally here we are at the eve of its release. Its very sad.
Youve become a fellowship in real life.
Indeed. That is actually what well carry on as these films are over.
Do you have a favorite scene?
Oh my God. I dont know. I dont know if I have a favorite moment. In terms of in the film, Id say probably theres a moment in this film with the hobbits and Aragorn that is very sad and I wont tell you what it is because Id ruin the moment. Thats actually probably my favorite from all the movies.
How did life change after these movies?
My life hasnt really. I think that the recognize-ability has increased but I go about my life in very much the same way as I would have before.
How did The Lord of the Rings change you as a person?
It allowed me to grow as a human being. It allowed me to grow into the adult that I am now. I think its difficult to articulate beyond that.
IAN MCKELLEN (Gandalf):
Looking snazzy and ready to party, Ian McKellen was a good sport at the North American Premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Joking with reporters and seemingly having a good time promoting the last film of the trilogy, McKellen is one of the few cast members who may (fingers crossed) have a chance to work with Peter Jackson again if The Hobbit ever gets underway.
How do you feel about the journey to Middle Earth coming to an end?
The slight melancholy that we wont be together again as working partners is offset by the fact that the work we did is there forever more. I think we can safely say, even before the release of the third film, that Peter Jackson has made a classic. For an actor to be in a classic, a movie that people will see over and over and over again in the future, any sadness has to give away to that feeling.
Do you feel that the third time is a charm as far as the Oscars go?
I dont know. Im a member of the Academy myself and I know where my vote is going (laughing). I think its a unique achievement and if Oscar were to say, Yes, it is, that would be wonderful.
Youve seen these younger actors come into their own during this process. How do you think theyve handled the whole thing?
Very well indeed. I think we are all extremely grateful to have been picked to be in this. We couldnt have really known when we set out to spend a year in a foreign land so far away from home, that this was going to be the result worldwide acclaim for whats turning out to be a series of classic films.
Theres still one more chance to play Gandalf. Do you think youll ever put on the hat again?
Well I should be very upset if someone else put it on.
Are you going to miss the whole Middle Earth experience?
Im relishing every single moment of it, and loving it knowing that soon it will be over and well be back to earning a living somewhere.
Why has this trilogy been so well-received?
Its the story about good people, a fellowship of good people, combining each with their own individual strengths and weaknesses to do the right thing by themselves and by the community and by Middle Earth. You dont get to meet the villain; you never see Sauron. Tolkiens not interested in him. Hes just a force, just an eye. I think people respond to that. And its not often you get to play a good person. Ive been playing baddies all my life. Hes a good man and I particularly relish that.
More interviews from the North American Premiere of "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:"
Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom and Liv Tyler, Dominic Monaghan, and David Wenham and John Noble, Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor, and John Rhys-Davies and Bernard Hill