Elijah Wood on his post-'LOTR' slump
July 1st, 2011
11:12 AM ET

Elijah Wood on his post-'LOTR' slump

Playing Frodo in the "Lord of the Rings" movies was a career highlight for Elijah Wood. In fact, the actor says he became a bit depressed when filming on the trilogy ended.

"I was 18 when I traveled to New Zealand, and I was about 20 when I left," he tells New York Magazine's Vulture. "Coming home, I just remember everything feeling kind of foreign. I didn't really know what to do with my time. It was really bizarre. I was more exhausted than I've ever been in my life. I remember feeling like I didn't want to do anything for a while."

Wood adds that he also "just didn't have any perspective on my life anymore, what that was about. It's kind of an unsettled feeling. It's like existing in a place and then being ripped out of it when that place was your home, it was your everything to you for a long time. Sixteen months is a long time."

Not surprisingly, Wood is thrilled to be reprising his role for the upcoming "The Hobbit" films and reuniting with former cast mates Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchett, and Orlando Bloom.

"It's exciting because it just feels like a ten-year anniversary in a way. A family reunion of sorts," he says of the two-part movie adaptation. "And it's incredibly unique that a large number of people who were involved with the 'Rings' are involved with 'The Hobbit': on the crew, on a creative level, and a number of the cast. So it's going to be very surreal. It's a unique opportunity to revisit a major part of my life."

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will hit theaters on December 14, 2012, with “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” arriving on December 13, 2013.

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  1. Greyhelm

    I don't understand how Elijah can be in this movie. Frodo is 30 in the LOTR which is 60 years after The Hobbit. Can't wait to see it though.

    July 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HobbitBobbit

    Why would he depressed?? He was excellent in all the Spider Man series... "Buzzsaw is READY!!"

    July 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. youngdiddy

    wow speechless am i did number 99 commenter just say he played jack sparrow surely that statement was made for comic relief when any one who has seen the pirate movies knows it to have been johnny depp

    July 4, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. AlbusPWBD

    Wood's did a great job in Sin City. If you haven't seen his scenes in this you're missing out.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Heather

    I used to have a major crush on him when I was a kid lol.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. jesus

    If they throw all of the Christians into the Atlantic and just one of them can walk on water, maybe then I'll listen.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. DonJJ

    I'll always remember Wood as the penguin from "Happy Feet".

    July 4, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. lola

    One question for you @Jerk: since you say Michael Bay cant direct his way out of a wet paper bag, maybe thats why we havent seen any movies about wet paper bags?

    July 4, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Michael Bay can't direct his way out of a wet paper bag because you can't light a fuse in there. No explosions, no movie.

      July 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. grandpa leroy james jackson III

    lotr was aite

    July 4, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. PhilG.

    A likeable actor stcuk in Hobbit Hell.

    Good luck Elijah-save all the money you made for later-don't spend it all now.

    You'll probably need it-Hollywood's worldwide have a short memory once you've become typecast.

    July 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pippie

    elijah was great planning jack sparrow in all the pirates movies. he shouldnt have to worry.

    July 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. super woman

    What is wrong with you guys? so crude, so obnoxious...

    July 3, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. super woman


    July 3, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Patrice

    Jdog...your an ass an have no appreciation for great filming. The special effects, the make up artists, the whole Trilogy is very well done and I can't wait till the Hobbit hits theaters... I had the record/story book to it and still do.

    July 3, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. dave nelson

    The ones showing no respect on here are the same ones who whine to everyone within earshot when it is not given to them. They would have to evolve quite a bit to elevate themselves to troll status.

    July 3, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  16. papabear

    I have a lot of gay friends, i come from a strongly christian fanily... but im neither of those two things, i also have 2 cousins who are "special" but i have no problem with the word retarded.... so once everyone is like me, these rediculous arguments will stop 🙂

    July 3, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  17. Roni

    Thank God I don't drink anymore! I'd either be feeling sorry 4 myself like Woods or be out on a mission to kick some hobbit ass :-}

    July 3, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  18. nerp

    Parents+trueblood=ew. dammit.

    July 2, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  19. nerp

    Dudes, you never fail to crack me up!! So like, does anyone remember "American Juniors"? I swear it was real some point in time...... or was it....... hmmmmmmm.... what– no, I think it was.

    July 2, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  20. The Måd Råp3r

    This guy was awesome as Spider Man!!!

    July 2, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  21. aj

    Wow! Already?

    July 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Mr. Magoo

    Anything that anyone finds offensive was once commonly accepted until some retard decided to get butt hurt over it. Then his disease was spread to other retards who were not happy without drama in their silly lives. Ignore the retards, they're just begging for attention.

    July 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  23. madhater

    Dave Nelson thinks he is a genious, but he is really retarded! Good job in that Beastie Boys vid Elijah!

    July 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Ron

    Elijah needs to do what Daniel Radcliff did and break his connection with a set of movies. If all he is ever thought of is a "hobbett" he will fade into the dust. When Daniel decided to do Equus (including it's nude scenes) he broke all ties with Harry Potter and became Daniel Radcliffe.

    So far Elijah is too connected with being a hobbit...... no director will take him seriously as an actor until he is Elijah the actor...... not Elijah the hobbitt.

    July 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Dr. Roxo


    July 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Erbs

    Wonder when he will come out of the closet. All gay people know he is gay.

    July 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  27. dave nelson

    @rasalom: tell you what. bet i could get you to eat dog feces too. right before i take you on a one way trip to the glades. punk troll/

    July 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  28. ryan

    the lord of the rings trilogy is without a doubt the most well done structure and imaginative film of ots kind. the actors and storyline were well done and are extremely nice. time and time again the amount of effort is unbelievable. for example the town hobbitton took and year and a half to create and biuld

    July 2, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  29. bezerkur

    u haters are obviously jersey shore fans with the I.Q to match. shouldnt u wannabe hood rats be watching M.T.V and having circle jerks with ur pathetic friends. im not even going to explain why these stories have a connection to many people. its beyond ur comprehension. do the human race a favor and dont have kids. better yet go kill ur friends and ur family then urself as horrible as possible. save me the trouble. now run along trick.

    July 2, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  30. johnnyb

    Where's ManBearPig when you need him???

    July 2, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |

    I like to bring back characters from old movies it sorta like bringing back the dead. The movies today lack characters worth remembering.

    July 2, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  32. dave nelson

    Anyway, i too hope that they do not stray far from the book, but there is little hope of that, what with time constraints and all. It would be good if they included any deleted scenes into the DVD once it is released, though.

    July 2, 2011 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  33. Rasalom

    There's only one Return, and its not of the King. It's of the Jedi! You thought the Star Wars prequels sucked? At least they weren't LOTR. Is he finally gonna make out with Sam in this one?

    July 2, 2011 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  34. dave nelson

    I am not generally politically correct, and very little offends me. However, there are certain words and phrases that i prefer people not use. Retard would be one of them, and i ask that you please not use that word. My mother babysat special needs children when i was young. She showed me that each of them had a unique gift that offset whatever they were lacking. I loved those kids. My neighbor has a special needs child. 14 and partially autistic, with the mind of a six year old, she is one of the most loving children i have ever had the privilege of knowing. To call her a retard would be a great disservice, as it would for anyone who was not born the same as others.

    July 2, 2011 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  35. jerk

    Micheal bay couldn't direct his way out of a wet paper bag.

    July 2, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  36. The Enri

    Any funny comments I find here are getting posted on twitter. And I have found some. Also... you could compare the opposing viewpoints of Christians and Gays to that of the Elves and the Humans in LOTR.

    July 2, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  37. Orc #63

    I get it.

    July 2, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  38. wowowow


    July 2, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  39. wowowow

    i would just like to point out that having an argument on the internet is alot like running a race in the special olympics... even if you win, your still a retard.

    July 2, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  40. Snagglepuss

    Rain is good. we need rain

    July 2, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  41. Rad

    That's not even Elijah Woods, he killed himself after the finishing the Lord of the Rings movies.

    July 2, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  42. dretta

    the LOTR movies are still more faithful to the books than the harry potter movies will ever be... and isn't just a movie after movie of spiralling teen angst. medivel fantasy will always rock compared to that tween magic crap...

    July 2, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  43. alecia

    Mike, David Faustino was Bud on married with children. I grew up in the middle of nowhere so i did watch too much tv and dont have to utilize google for that. Btw, bad spellers of the world untie!

    July 2, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  44. Name*david

    I hope they follow the book and don't change so much of it.

    July 2, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  45. dave nelson

    Oh, to those who say the bible is fake: i beg to differ. The bible is a very real book, with cover, pages, and even ink. Now, the stories in it are plagiarized or made up out of whole cloth. Dont believe me? Read the stories from religions predating christianity.

    July 1, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  46. dave nelson

    @ jdog: you try getting up at 4 in the morning to in have people put uncomfortable goo on your face, then work a sixteen to twenty hour day in said goo and then comment. Or am i wrong and you are a drag escort and do that now? @mike: i know all the shared looks were kinda much, but we are talking about a movie series that was over extended in more ways than one. Plus the director was trying to convey the strengthening of the bond between them. A little slack, perhaps, can be given by you on this one?

    July 1, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  47. mike

    I wonder if the end of this movie will be as bad as return of the king, half an hour of frodo and sam locking eyes lol. if it is I pass. Ill just watch some netflix instead

    July 1, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  48. jen

    He is soooo hot and a good actor. I look forward to seeing him acting again. It's gonna be an awesome movie just like the others.

    July 1, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Lobster fstbingdcot

    My cooch has prolapsed again. And it itches.

    July 1, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  50. mike


    July 1, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Jason

    It surprises me that some people say christians are intolerant or narrow-minded but then these, many times, are the same people that convey hatred or a lack of freedom for someone else to express an opinion that differs from their own. It always amazes me that many of these threads turn into an arena to express one's distaste for someone different then they are and then try to justify their opinion with more hatred.

    July 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  52. alecia

    Sorry friend78, MArk-Paul Gosselaar was Zack on saved by the bell.

    July 1, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  53. alecia

    There is a small club of directors and producers around who are talented enough to coax great movies out of their casts and Peter Jackson is one. As are JJ Abrams, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg.

    July 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Bay really knows how to dumb it down

      MIchael Bay in that group? Seriously?

      July 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  54. friend78

    I thought Elijah was great when he played Zack on saved by the bell.

    July 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  55. kay

    Frodo died for your sins folks. Don't you forget that.

    July 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  56. kay

    I forgot my deodorant today. I love the Lord.

    July 1, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  57. izz


    July 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  58. The Bloke

    Green Street Hooligans was a great movie, so was Everything Illuminated.

    July 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Submansully

    He has the same feeling you get after a deployment. I guess he would be like an actor who had been deployed to Middle Earth.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Brick

    My prolapse itches.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Giampaolo

    A shame that Jackson is doing these movies too. Now he can once again take the most riveting storytelling and turn it into a 3 hour snooz-athon mixed in with poorly crafted dramatic sappiness.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Cletus

    He was awesome playing the son on married with children

    July 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Mark

    Elijah is a great actor and I am very glad he is back in the spotlight. I've watched the first couple episodes of "Wilfred" (really only because he is in it) and I really like his character. The new Hobbit movie will be awesome! I hope he has a long & happy life and career.

    July 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Donkey

    Elijah Wood isn't gay. He's not even a real person. Elijah Wood is actuall Kristen Stewart dressed as a guy.

    July 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snarky

      I think he's actually Amy Poelher in disguise. She could probably be his stunt double.

      July 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Kool Aid Man

    ooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  66. !!

    Please tell me Peter Jackson is spearheading this foray as well!

    July 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Lewis

    I watched last night's episode of Wilfred and it's pretty funny. If that show takes off it could be a big summer hit and he would not be in a slump anymore. I think he will be around a long time. I hope so.

    July 1, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |

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