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Elijah Wood: I was OK with sex scenes
Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood has said he had no problem filming sex scenes for his latest role in Oxford Murders.

Elijah Wood

In it he plays an American student who is drawn into a murder mystery which is seemingly linked by mathematical symbols.

Maths and murder may not be the usual setting for electric love scenes, but Wood seemed positive about them.

He said: "They were good - made all the more easy by working with Leonor (Watling, who plays Spanish nurse Lorna).

"We got on so well that those scenes which are awkward and strange in front of a group of people were made less awkward because of how well we got on."

'Very exciting'

Wood stars alongside legendary British actor John Hurt, which he described as "amazing".

He said: "Knowing that John was going to be in the film was very exciting to me. It was one of the reasons I wanted to work on the movie."

Of course, Wood is better known for his role as Frodo in the phenomenally successful Lord of the Rings trilogy.

But this isn't something that bothers him.

"I think I'll always be associated with those films. They've caught the public consciousness and are kind of historic now and are so well-loved around the world," he said.

Actor John Hurt, Leonor Watling and Elijah Wood
At a premiere with Oxford Murders co-stars John Hurt, Leonor Watling

"As long as I continue to try different things I'll be remembered for other work potentially as well."

So, with so many offers coming in, what makes him choose to work on a film?

Wood described it as a "relatively instinctual gut reaction."

Passionate

He said: "I guess what I'm always looking for is something different from something I've done before. So that's one of the major criteria.

"Ultimately it just comes down to being passionate about something."

Wood is a huge music fan and knows a lot about the British scene.

It may be because the actor has always had a lot of British friends and feels like he fits in.

So what are his favourite bands at the moment?

"I think the new Elbow record is beautiful. I love Hot Chip, I think they're incredible. Obviously the new Radiohead album is brilliant," he said.

Innovative

"I think there's a lot of innovative music here. There also seems to be an openness to new ideas and new music here. In some ways it might be difficult to break things in the States.

"For instance The Strokes came here first and broke in London before they ever came to the States and were popular there. That says a lot."

Fans of Wood can catch him in Nine - an animated film which is out at the end of year.

He said: "It's a post apocalyptic world with rag dolls and machines - it's very exciting."



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