Celebrimbor writes about a film project that Elijah Wood is part of: “Last Saturday (March 1st) I attended an open casting call for extras for a new movie starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslett. What I didn’t realize is that Elijah Wood has a part in it. I assume not a leading role, as he wasn’t listed as a star in the article i read about it in the newspaper. The movie is “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

Celebrimbor was told he’d got in as an extra, so hopefully we’ll hear more from on the set later on.

Meaghan transcribed this interview with Sean Astin in People Magazine:

The Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin, 32, visited the White House recently to join the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a 25-member group that will encourage volunteerism in all 50 states and, perhaps, Middle Earth. Scoop inquired about the gig.

“How were you picked ?”

“I was at a memorial service for 9/11 at the Pentagon (last year), sitting next to a lady who worked in the White House Personnel Office. She said the President was about to announce a panel on service and asked if I’d be interested. I said “I’m a Democrat !” She said, “It’s bipartisan.” No problem; I’m proud to serve.”

“What happend next ?”

“In January I had a meeting in the White House. It was pretty cool sitting opposite former Sens. Bob Dole and John Glenn and (former Washington Redskin) Darrell Green.”

“Did you get any souvenirs from the White House ?”

“The service pin they gave us to wear. I got some White House M&Ms, but I can’t find them. I menu from the White House mess.”

“So how are you going to get people to volunteer ?”

“President Kennedy said, “Ask not what you country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Just remind people of that.”

“What will you do ?”

“My daughter, wife, and I are trying to figure out something we can do together, maybe work at a soup kitchen.”

“Do you recall the first time that you volunteered ?”

“My mom and dad (Patty Duke and John Astin)would host a New York portion of the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. I was about 7. My brothers and I would answer phones and take pledges, do pitches for people to send money.”

“Would you consider Lord of the Rings’s Samwise Gamgee as being a volunteer for Middle-Earth ?”


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