No matter how many roles he’s played over the years, actor Elijah Wood will forever be Frodo Baggins to millions of fans. But his casting as the main hobbit at the center of
In a retrospective on his career for
Wood didn’t just read the lines in front of a camera and turn in a VHS tape of that. No. Instead, Wood went the extra mile. On making the tape, he said “I went to a vocal coach for the dialect and enlisted some friends, including George Wang, who is a writer and filmmaker. We went out to the woods in Griffith Park and shot two of the audition sequences there and one at my house.”
Each scene represented Frodo at a different stage of his journey. Then they cut the scenes together on a VHS tape at Miramax for Wood to give to the casting office.
Obviously, director Peter Jackson felt impressed with what he saw. And the rest is history. Wood would spend the next 16 months of his life in New Zealand, as the entire trilogy filmed there back-to-back. And then he returned several times to do pick-up scenes for the subsequent sequels. In the video, Wood dives deep into his other roles since leaving Middle-earth behind. But you can tell from listening to him, that