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What if: Elijah Wood had been cast as HP and Daniel Radcliffe as Frodo

Eruonen
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Sep 9 2013, 9:21pm

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....setting aside the age differences and assuming they played the characters as each others actual ages when each did the role...good result? Bad? Indifferent? Daniel Radcliffe is now 24 and Wood 32. Can you see DR doing Frodo at his current age?

I think they were great choices for their original roles but do not think they would be ideal playing each others roles. Despite physical similarities, they do have a different manner about them, or at least as portrayed in various roles. Thoughts?

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Rohan

Sep 9 2013, 9:58pm

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I think Elijah as a child would perhaps have been fine as Harry Potter, but I can't imagine Daniel Radcliffe as Frodo. I haven't seen him in anything after HP so maybe he has improved since then, but I will always remember him as an incredibly wooden Harry. At least he did look the part, though.


Salmacis81
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Sep 10 2013, 2:32am

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No, IMO I doubt either would fit well in the other's role. I don't know much of Radcliffe's work, outside of the one Harry Potter movie I watched, and The Woman in Black, which bored me to tears. And while I felt Wood did a fine job as Frodo, I just do not picture Elijah Wood when reading the book (and I saw the first movie before reading the books). I definitely would have cast someone older and chubbier.


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Rohan


Sep 10 2013, 6:23pm

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nobody would notice the difference [In reply to] Can't Post

cause nobody can differentiate between them anyway. Same effect.

I like Dan much more, though. He stands up for the right things and has really good head on his shoulders.

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Bellawen Bolger of Bree
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Sep 11 2013, 1:13am

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Dang, they look alike!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Though Elijah has those startling blue eyes. I had such a crush on him when I was a teen, even though he was younger than me. I could see that he would grow up to be something special as an actor from his early roles. But even so, I couldn't see him as Harry Potter. It's too bad Elijah wasn't 32 when LOTR was being made, he just doesn't seem like a 50 year old to me, though I love his portrayal.
As for Dan, I can't see him as Frodo either. I guess it's because I spent my 30's watching these movies, and they grew into those characters for me.

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Patty
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Sep 11 2013, 11:45am

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I really liked Elijah, although he was younger looking and thinner than I had always pictured Frodo to be. DR, not so much. I only watched one of the HP, and I was not impressed.

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Sep 11 2013, 12:24pm

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I think both are pretty crappy actors [In reply to] Can't Post

but I like Dan's personality. Elijah is just creepy.

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Misto
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Sep 12 2013, 4:35pm

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Same difference, no? [In reply to] Can't Post

Tbh, I'm not in awe of the acting of either. They did a decent job for their respective age but neither are amongst the first 50 or so actors I would name for outstanding acting - now or then. So I really don't see how it would have made much of a difference.


Brethil
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Sep 12 2013, 4:45pm

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Though Elijah has those startling blue eyes. I had such a crush on him when I was a teen, even though he was younger than me. I could see that he would grow up to be something special as an actor from his early roles. But even so, I couldn't see him as Harry Potter. It's too bad Elijah wasn't 32 when LOTR was being made, he just doesn't seem like a 50 year old to me, though I love his portrayal.
As for Dan, I can't see him as Frodo either. I guess it's because I spent my 30's watching these movies, and they grew into those characters for me.

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I cannot picture anyone else as Frodo, for my part. I thought he brought a huge amount of soul to Frodo.
As for Daniel I can't really weigh in - have never watched HP fully, just dribs and drabs. I don't see how people confuse the actors in real life though!

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Eruonen
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Sep 12 2013, 4:52pm

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I think there are differences. At least, from what I have seen [In reply to] Can't Post

on screen and in character, DR has a more serious, less expressive face and vocal range than EW. However, since they are in character it is hard to judge without seeing them in more roles. I have no issue with their acting (not having read HP I cannot comment on the book characterization). It seems both were able to emote as required.


Darkstone
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Sep 12 2013, 5:44pm

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An 18 year old Frodo was bad enough.. [In reply to] Can't Post

...but 11?

Anyway, both were experienced and critically acclaimed child actors. And both have Frodo's cleft chin, though Wood's is more prominent.

I do think Wood's experience with Ang Lee in the preproduction of The Perfect Storm helped him immensely with LOTR. And then there's those "bright eyes" Frodo had. Still, he did occasionally drift into an American accent.

On the other hand, Radcliffe probably would have made quite an impressive Frodo in his darker moments. However, Radcliffe's difficulties with DCD may have made the grueling 15 month shooting schedule in New Zealand problematical. But he does seem to have the accent down pat. And I do think Radcliffe's manner might have made the Frodo-Sam relationship a bit more like that in the book.

All in all, a toss-up. Under other circumstance we might well be going "Wood as Frodo and Radcliffe as Potter? Nahh!!!!"

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