Very early in his career, Hollywood actor Elijah Wood had already done roles that most established actors would have loved to have on their resume. Critically acclaimed films like the Lord Of The Rings series, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) and Sin City (2005) are just a few.
And even though all of them may be Hollywood films, the 30-year-old actor doesn't want to stop looking beyond. "I want to work in all kinds of cinema. Each character I portray is something I do to showcase my talent as an actor," says Woods, who has lent his voice to a grown-up Mumble in Happy Feet 2, the sequel to the original animated musical. "He is trying to figure out his role as a father, in his son's journey of finding his identity."
Happy Feet 2 hit theatres in India this Friday and the actor is already hopeful for a sequel. "That would be nice," he adds. Recalling the dubbing experience alongside co-stars like Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, he reveals, "Before we left for Sydney, we did a week-long recording in Los Angeles. On the first day, I walk into the studio and saw Brad and Matt recording. I couldn't believe that they got those two… they are so hilarious and perfect."
In order to make sure that the emotion in the recording studio came out right, the film's director George Miller would constantly be "getting physical with the actors," Wood says, adding, "He would do that to create as realistic a reaction; especially when there is something that is physically occurring to the character, he would come up behind and grab you, pull at your pant leg or slowly hit you - he would do a number of things depending on the scenario." Before signing off, Woods insists that he has seen a few Indian films,
"I love the music and dancing and I would love to visit India soon."
'Matt and I are like partners in crime!' says Brad Pitt
Dubbing for an animation film is not new for Brad Pitt. The actor had last lent his voice for the protagonist in Megamind. "George (director George Miller) called me and said he wanted me for Will the Krill along with Matt (Damon) who is Bill the Krill. So I said why not?" says Pitt, adding that he "gets really animated when dubbing for an animation film." The actor, who has visited Rajasthan once before insists he would like to return soon too.