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Elijah Wood is rubbish between the goalposts

[from Leeds Today]

He may be a star of the epic, Lord of the Rings, but Elijah Wood doesn't shine between the goalposts.

That's according to West Yorkshire actor Michael Thompson, who is playing a football hooligan alongside the diminutive star in the new film, The Yank. The 34-year-old ex-labourer, from Keighley, is rubbing shoulders with Hollywood's up-and-coming actors, including Wood, in the film directed by Oscar nominee Lexi Alexander.

Thompson says: "Elijah is just a regular geezer. He queues for lunch with the rest of us. And he even joins in with the kick-abouts we have in between takes."

But it seems Frodo isn't up to the standards of Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson: "When he was in goal he was rubbish, but he never complained when he had to get the ball.

"Elijah is really down to earth, but he smokes too much and I told him so!"

The American-funded film is being shot around the East End of London and sees Elijah Wood take on a new role in which he becomes battered and bruised.

The film tells the story of a young American (Wood) who is expelled from Harvard and sent to live with his sister in England. But he becomes obsessed with the football hooligans who follow West Ham United.

Filming began in March and is expected to last nine weeks. The Yank is expected to be released early 2005.

Published May 7, 2004

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