12-06-03 Latest News

Elijah Wood on Jay Leno Transcript
Xoanon @ 12:25 pm EST

A BIG thank you to Cyloran for this transcript, photos to come soon.

(EW enters to band playing Shire theme)

Elijah Wood: My God, such a regal entrance!

Jay Leno: It is a regal entrance. Itís a regal movie!

EW: Iím not the king, tho! Viggo is.

JL: Thatís alright. Youíre as close tonight as we have to a king.

EW: Iíll do, then?

JL: Forget the movie, even tho itís like the biggest movie ever and it will make more money Ė forget that. Something that has amazed me more than anything else, you have finally got your own place! Did I hear that youíve moved out of your momís house?

EW: Thatís right. (to the band) I think I need a little music for that, guys

JL: Wow. Thatís amazing.

EW: I thought youíd like that, Jay.

JL: Because the last time you were here I was teasing you about living at your momís house, folding the socks and all.

EW: Sheís does all of the laundry and all that sort of stuff. No, no! Not any more. Not any more.

JL: Whereís the new place?

EW: Itís in the Flat Iron District in Manhattan.

JL: Oh, youíre in New York! Okay!

EW: Yeah, in New York.

JL: Now how does one go about that? I mean, youíre a young guy. Did they recognize you, for instance? Did they know itís you, or do they go, this kid wants an apartment, letís get out of here?

EW: They were actually, to be honest, they were very nervous about me getting the apartment because Iím an actor, so it was kind of a rigorous screening process. Because the building that Iím renting from, the people actually own the building that live in the building, and so they met my sister and I who also moved out there with me, and they wanted to sit down with us and sort of have a chat about us living there, because they had a lot of questions in regards to, you know, do we stay up late at night, do we have parties, that kind of thing, because I think they had an idea of me that is not me.

JL: Let me ask you this, do you stay up late at night or do you have parties?

EW: I stay up late, I donít have parties.

JL: Well, parties with your sister, that seems almost creepy, but, ya know. Now youíre just back from where, New Zealand?

EW: Back from New Zealand yesterday morning.

JL: Which is really today.

EW: Exactly.

JL: So youíve only been back an hour.

EW: Thatís right.

JL: Itís confusing, isnít it?

EW: Itís a little weird.

JL: How long a flight is that?

EW: Itís about 12 hours. A 12 hour plane flight.

JL: Well thatís not too bad.

EW: Not too bad, but weíd just had a massive premiere and parade the day before. 125,000 people in the town of Wellington, the city of Wellington, came out for the premiere. It was pretty extraordinary.

JL: Now in the parade are you dressed as the characters or do you dress normally?

EW: I dress normally. I was in a suit, yeah. It would be pretty silly if we Ė

JL: Well, I donít know. I donít know how those things work.

EW: Right, okay.

JL: Not being an actor, you know. Now you shot the whole movie down there, so one must go a little stir crazy being far from home.

EW: A bit, yeah.

JL: I mean, did you pull pranks? Did you do things like that to one another?

EW: There was a bit of pranks on the set. I mean, you know, it was a rigorous schedule so we had to kind of mix it up a little bit to sort of ease the tension. There was one time where Dom Monaghan, who plays one of the hobbits, and myself fashioned . . . we had this idea because Viggo, one of the other actors in the film, had been attacking peopleís trailers and sort of decorating them in horrible ways and so we Ė

JL: Attacking their trailers and decorating them?

EW: Yeah, yeah. Sort of spray painting the trailers and coming up with ways to sort of decimate various actorsí trailers, so we came up with this idea to fashion a turd, a piece of pooó

JL: Yeah, I think we know what a turd is. Anybody not familiar with a turd? You know, poo?

EW: You know, poo. Thought Iíd clarify it.

JL: Of course.

EW: Out of this sort of cotton material. We were in getting our feet worked on, as you do when youíre a hobbit, and we basically took this sort of cotton material, got some paint which there were lots of various colors of paints Ė

JL: Turd colored.

EW: Yeah, a good brown. In fact, they did have a poo color.

JL: This is more information than I want.

EW: So we sort of molded these wonderful poos that ended up looking very realistic and then we set them on his doorstep of his trailer. I think that went over very well.

JL: Let me ask you this. When you went for your apartment in New York, did you tell them this turd story. Did they know?

EW: No, that was not included. It wasnít necessary.

JL: Okay, weíll take a little break, more with Elijah after this.

(coming back from commercial)

JL: Weíre back with Elijah Wood from Lord of the Rings. Sorry about being in New Zealand. Now I heard about some drinking that happened on the set, did I hear through the grapevine?

EW: It wasnít on set, actually. There was plenty of drinking, not on set. There was one sort of experience that we had.

JL: Experience?

EW: Well, yeah. Thereís a fountain in the center of Wellington that was a point of particular frustration for myself and for Dom Monaghan whoís in the film, he plays Merry, and itís a fountain that is made of buckets. Colored buckets that each, the water sort of comes down and falls from one bucket to the next bucket to the next, so it lands in this sort of pool. But it doesnít actually work because the sort of area around the fountain is sprayed with water as well. So we walked by this thing and people would walk by and theyíd get water on them, and I thought, this is poor engineering. Why would someone create a bucket like this? Fountain like this. So one particular drunken evening, Dom, myself, Billy, whoís also in the film, were walking home from a bar and we saw this fountain, and Dom and I look at it and went, that thing is rubbish! And he said, yeah, we should conquer it. I said, conquer it? He said, yeah, come on, letís climb it! I said, alright, letís climb it! So we climb the thing . . . (laughs, then shakes his head) . . . and, um, once we got to the top, what else is there to do?

JL: I donít know.

EW: But urinate in it. And really show our disgust.

JL: You know, this is why Americans are loved around the world. We go to a foreign country and we urinate in the fountain.

EW: There you go.

JL: Now the people walking by, rather than just be splashed with water, would have urine on them as well.

EW: Possibly, yeah. And Peter, Peter Jackson was very upset. The director of our film, was very upset when he found out that weíd done this. I believe he was heard to say, but I grew up with that fountain! Which was a bit of a shame, so I felt a bit bad after that.

JL: So we had the turd story, and we have the Ė

EW: Yeah, Iím just coming up with gems, arenít I?

JL: It was good. Now tell us about the movie. This is the big one? La dee da, the king and the whole bit.

EW: This is it.

JL: Itís an amazing series of movies, and you did them all at once, didnít you?

EW: All at once, yeah, we shot over 16 months in New Zealand.

JL: Okay, so you must be stunned when you watch, oh thatís where that scene is! Did you shoot them in order Ė

EW: Completely out of sequence. It is one story so itís not too crazy. But yeah, this is it. This is the end of the journey.

JL: (cueing monitor) Now what is this footage weíre going to see? Whatís happening here?

EW: I believe this is Sam and Frodo and Gollum, and Sam is attacking Gollum because he suspects him of some villainy and Frodo is saying that we need to keep Gollum with us.

(shows Sam Frodo Gollum clip)

JL: You know, I was trying to think of who Gollum looks like. Put Gollumís picture up there. And then I realized, itís James Carvell (shows split screen with pic of Gollum and J.Carvell). It couldnít be more exactly. Amazing!

EW: Thatís fantastic!

JL: What an amazing likeness.

EW: We should give James a call.

JL: And youíre hosting Saturday Night Live, right, on the 13th?

EW: Thatís right.

JL: Are you nervous about that?

EW: I am quite nervous about it, but Iím also very excited. It will be a good time.

JL: Have you hosted before?

EW: No. First time.

JL: Oh! First time! Ohhh, so you get the initiation Ė oh, I donít want to go, to tell you Ė

EW: Okay.

JL: I donít to go there, but youíll have fun!

EW: It will be awesome.

JL: Elijah, congratulations! Youíre doing terrific work.