Elijah Wooden wished to play Frodo Baggins so badly, he crafted an elaborate (VHS) audition tape for Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.
Reviewing his profession for a GQ retrospective printed on Wednesday, Wooden stated that he was effectively conscious he must make a splash if he had any shot at enjoying the long-lasting J. R. R. Tolkien character on the massive display screen.
Since The Fellowship of the Ring was so delicate, the script was not despatched to actors. Those that wished to audition needed to come learn it within the casting workplace, which Wooden stated he did.
“Driving dwelling, I used to be so immersed on the earth,” Wooden stated of the impression the script had on him. The actor must do one thing if he was going to get Jackson’s consideration, so he made an audition tape, which he famous was no frequent on the time. However, this was not simply any chilly studying audition tape.
“I went to a vocal coach for the dialect and enlisted some buddies, together with George Wang, who’s a author and filmmaker,” he stated. “We went out to the woods in Griffith Park and shot two of the audition sequences there and one at my home.”
The group minimize the scenes collectively on the Miramax workplace and Wooden took the VHS tape to the casting workplace, which despatched it to Jackson, the actor recalled.
“I acquired a name from Peter himself, which was wonderful, completely mindblowing,” Wooden stated.
The remaining is historical past.
Watch the complete Wooden retrospective beneath.