The real reason we don't hear about Elijah Wood anymore
Once described by veteran film critic Roger Ebert as "the most talented actor in his age group in Hollywood history," Elijah Wood's transformation from child prodigy to global superstar can be summed up in five simple words: The Lord of the Rings. Like his character in Peter Jackson's original trilogy, the fresh-faced 18-year-old agreed to shoulder a heavy burden when he took on the part of Frodo Baggins, leading a blockbuster franchise that carried the expectations of millions of J.R.R. Tolkien fans the world over. A decade-and-a-half has passed since then, and while the cultural impact of the films (along with the three prequels) has kept The Lord of the Rings relevant, its young star seems to have faded entirely. How did he go from being one of the most recognizable actors in the world to someone operating on the fringes of the industry? Here's the real reason we don't hear about Elijah Wood anymore.
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