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John Stewart: My guest tonight – an actor starring in the third instalment of the mega Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Clip shown of Sam, Frodo and Gollum on the cliffs above the Dead City (secret stairs), when Gollum tries to frame Sam for taking the lembas bread. Ends when Gollum says He took it!, and the frame freezes on Frodo looking wide-eyed at Sam.
JS: Somebody took it! (audience laughs) Please welcome Elijah Wood! Come on!
Audience claps and the band plays as Elijah comes out and waves. Jon and Elijah shake hands and embrace.
JS: Good to see you.
Elijah Wood: Good to see you as well.
JS: How are ya?
EW: Im good. Frodo looks pretty ragged that clip.
JS: Oh, he was hungry, hes tired, hes with Chris Katan and uh, the other guy (Elijah laughs and audience laughs) Thats it. Um, now, youre coming on actually to promote the movie, and were hoping to give it a little bump. I know things have been rough with it (audience starts laughing)
EW: It needs a little help
JS: A little push.
EW: They put they put us into second high gear, you know just go out there and rally the troops get the people into the theatre
JS: Thats what Im hoping to do because I think its a little film that really can. I think people should see it. (audience laughs)
EW: Its like its like the little engine that could.
JS: Thats exactly it.
EW: I think that we believe in it, its got a lot of love and heart and soul behind it, so
JS: I agree. Im looking forward to the fourth one. (audience laughs)
EW: So am I.
JS: What if they I guarantee you somewhere in Hollywood, someones going to go be going we gotta find a fourth one (audience laughs)
JS: Get me Tolkien on the phone! (audience laughs). Uh
EW: Exhume the body! Get it out!
JS: Theres gotta be another manuscript (Elijah laughs). With all this youve accomplished all this tell me the next thing that you would love to do. Is to be acting, to be anything whats the thing youd love to do the most?
EW: Uh start a record label.
EW: Yeah, (laughing) I really wanna start a record label. (audience laughs). Im
JS: Can I tell you whats so weird about that?
JS: I happen to play French Horn (audience laughs).
EW: We could we could release
JS: You could produce my
EW: There you go.
JS: Uh, would you you mean you want to go to clubs and sign bands and that sort of thing or
EW: Yeah. I mean, Im a huge, huge music fan and Ive always wanted to do something in music, but I never wanted to be in a band because I love music too much to mess it up, so (he laughs, audience and Jon laugh) I thought, you know, Ill start a label and support acts that I care about and try and get them exposed
JS: Now, what kind of music do you think you would uh like whats the type of music that you enjoy?
EW: It would be pretty varied. My taste is all over the place, so rock, and jazz, and pop
JS: I enjoy the uh [not sure of what Jon said here – Mrs. Roxy?] (audience laughs)
EW:I grew I grew up with rapping
JS: He taught me to spell. (audience laughs)
EW: Did he? I he taught me to spell.
JS: You so you go to clubs and . do you have somebody in mind right now that you like? Is uh I dont want to put you on the spot in terms of a band, but is there is there someone out there that youre thinking
EW: Theres a couple of things theres a few things that Ive got my eye on. Nothing I can really say
JS: You cant tell us because then other people dive in there its the whole business.
EW: Well, its not necessarily the business I just dont know if he would appreciate me mentioning
JS: Can I say this?
JS: Keep your eye on this Led Zepplin I think theyre going places (audience laughs)
EW: You think? I think theres a bidding war at the moment though
JS: You think?
EW: Yeah. I dont .
JS: Is that a dirty business is that the kind of business you think you could you could get involved in I hear everything about the music business, as much as entertainment, is dirty..
EW: Its worse the music industry.
JS: The music industry is worse thats what Im suggesting.
EW: Yeah, but I would I would do it on my own time and not get involved in the politics.
JS: Or, the other way to do it is become a vicious [word beeped out!] (audience laughs)
EW: Well there you go.
JS: Either do it on your
EW: I have yet to learn those skills, so (Jon laughs) Exactly!
JS: Why not? Thats my point.
EW: Exactly. Twenty . Im about to be 23 and nows the time.
JS: Youre only going to be thats crazy.
EW: Yeah, generally .
JS: You really should get moving. You need to start accomplishing things. Because clearly (Elijah laughs and audience laughs). When I was 23, uh I believe I was found laundering naked with my ass cheeks taped together. (audience and Elijah laugh, audience whoops a bit). And that was, if I may say so one of my better days. (Elijah laughs). Do you have another, uh, movie plan? I mean, this thing went for so long in terms of filming
EW: Four years
JS: Do you get back to New Zealand at all?
EW: I do. I do. Ive been back this year and last year
JS: A pretty place?
EW: Amazing. Such an amazing place. I mean it
JS: How many people youd say are in New Zealand?
EW: Uh I think its [unsure] three million… in all?
JS: Let me ask you this
EW: The populations pretty small.
JS: What are their names? (audience laughs) Is it a place is there a huge tourist industry? I imagine, theres theres films
EW: Theres a lot of duncans [not sure of this word] out there, for some reason.
JS: Big on the duncans?
JS: What would be the the livestock, the animal life.. is there yaks, cattle, what
EW: In fact, there are I think 30 or 40 sheep per every New Zealander.
JS: Im glad they were able to look because I know class size is important for them. (audience laughs)
EW: (laughing) Right.
JS: I dont even know what the means (Elijah laughs). Uh do you spend is it are the seasons the same as ours, is it .
EW: Theyre the same, theyre in reverse, so its in the southern hemisphere, so it would be summer now.
JS: Right, I knew that. (audience laughs)
EW: Its warm there, yeah and the water, when you flush the toilets the water spins in the opposite direction.
EW: Yeah, and people love that about it.
JS: And this is true in comedy movies, when you flush the water, it comes up right in your face. (audience laughs)
EW: It does, it does and you get little (imitates getting sprayed in the face)
JS: Right, and you do this (imitates getting sprayed)..
JS: And then you turn and look at the camera and go (simultaneously, Elijah and Jon go woo!, putting both hands up and making a goofy face toward the audience) (audience laughs).
JS: Uh, well, Im so pleased. Youre youre one of the nicest people in the business that Ive known,
EW: Thank you.
JS: and truly a talented guy, Im just so pleased that everythings working out for you so well.
EW: Thank you so much.
JS: Good luck with the record label. When you want to hear some real French Horn, you come and let me know.
EW: You know it!
JS: Ill lay down some beats, that we .
EW: Some fat beats.
JS: Thank you very much.
EW: Rockin .
JS: Lord of the Rings, Return of the King, in theatres now! Go see it! Elijah Wood! (audience cheers as Elijah shakes hands with Jon)