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Elijah Wood: Sacrificing privacy is no big deal

Elijah Wood doesn't pay much attention when people recognise him when he's out and about.

The 33-year-old actor found himself instantly recognisable after he took on the role of Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises. He'd appeared in many movies before those, but had always managed to fly under the radar. This helped him come to terms with what being a celebrity means and he's happy with the way his life is.

"Most people don't sign up to be an actor to be famous, it's a by-product of doing something in the public eye. There are sacrifices you make; you sacrifice your privacy to a degree but it's a reasonable compromise," he told gq-magazine.co.uk. "I get to do the thing I love to do and by no means do I have to deal with a Brad Pitt level of fame so I have no idea what that's like. My life is manageable; I go where I please, I don't often pay attention to the fact people might recognise me."

Although he began his career as a child, Elijah feels well adjusted. He thought a lot about what being famous would mean for his life and how to deal with it, which he believes is the reason why his life is relatively normal these days.

The star can also understand why some people want to talk to him, because he has idols too. He would have loved to meet late Beatles legend John Lennon, although he's the one person he would also have been nervous about coming face to face with.

"I've met a lot of people but I've had reasonable expectations. I feel like reasonable expectations save you from being disappointed, but with John Lennon it's weird, it's someone that I know a lot about and I would probably have reasonable expectations of but I'd still be really disappointed if he was a d**khead because I love him so much," he explained.

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