Elijah Wood Calls Final ‘Rings’ Flick ‘A Full-On War Movie’
MTV.com – July 28, 2003
While they may not have guns or tanks, there are a couple of hobbits who promise the next and final “Lord of the Rings” film could give “Saving Private Ryan” a run for its money.
“It’s a full-on war movie,” Elijah Wood proclaimed recently, when asked about this year’s “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”
“As Elijah said, lots of war,” his hobbit partner Dominic Monaghan added for emphasis.
The two pals — who played Frodo Baggins and Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck, respectively, in “The Fellowship of the Ring” and “The Two Towers” — will soon return to New Zealand for pickup shots and re-shoots under director Peter Jackson for the final installment of the fantasy tale, which hits theaters December 17.
“Hasn’t Pete said he reckons it’s gonna be the most massive war movie ever shown on film?” a wide-eyed and visibly excited Wood asked his colleague.
“Ever onscreen, yeah,” answered Monaghan.
“That’s what Peter is saying,” Wood continued. “I mean, it’s a massive boast, but I’d say it’s pretty close to that.”
Last year’s “The Two Towers” ended with a cliffhanger as the duplicitous Gollum resolved to lead Frodo and Sam (Sean Astin) into a trap. As fans of the classic “Rings” books by J.R.R. Tolkien already know, what’s awaiting the heroes is the giant spider Shelob, but nobody will know what the big-screen version will look like until “Return of the King” gets closer.
“You get things like Shelob, which a lot of the fans have been waiting for, because Shelob actually is in the second book, but it’s gonna be in the third film,” Wood explained.
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