Lord of the Rings actor Elijah Wood will forever be remembered as the Hobbit Frodo Baggins and he has admitted that he found the whole thing as a life experience rather than a working experience. Elijah says that he was not expecting to return for The Hobbit, as Frodo is not in the book, so was delighted to receive the call asking him to return.
Wood explained, "I never expected to return to Middle Earth. I didn’t think Frodo would be involved because he’s not even alive during the time of The Hobbit. So to revisit New Zealand, return to Bag End, and see old friends was incredible. It was like a family reunion. I only had three days of filming but I stayed a month, just to hang out and catch up with people. And, well, walking on to that set and seeing Ian McKellen as Gandalf again… It was beautiful."
He added, “I think of it more as a life experience than a work experience. It’s not really about the films for me. Those were huge years of my life. It was the first time I lived as an adult. I made some of the greatest friends of my life. I was a changed person afterwards. I certainly look young. But the funny thing about Christopher Lee is that he’s the one who will never grow up. He must be like 90 now and he’s as sharp as ever. Anyway, it’s something I’ve accepted. I’m 32, I don’t look 32, and that’s fine."
The Lord of the Rings trilogy were a huge success and Peter Jackson has another hug trilogy on his hands with The Hobbit. It is already proving to be huge, as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey made over a staggering $1bn worldwide. Meanwhile, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is released on December 13, while The Hobbit: There and Back Again is released on December 17, 2014.