Our very own Hugo Weaving (Elrond) passed out during a play last week in Australia, read on

At its final preview last week, actor Hugo Weaving lost consciousness and slumped on the stage floor as his character Brachiano was strangled by two thugs, forcing a horrified (Director Gale) Edwards to halt the show thinking the depiction of strangulation had been a tad too enthusiastic.

Publicists later said Weaving’s blackout was caused by influenza and exhaustion as the actor had only recently
returned from the New Zealand set of “Lord of the Rings.”

Weaving, best-known overseas for his roles in “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” and “The Matrix,” could also have been sharing the shock and delight of Edwards at the work’s invitation to be part of March main-stage season at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music.

We hope all is well with Hugo, and wish him a quick recovery. Read the entire article here. [More]

Thanks to Allen B for the tip!