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Wood: Thomas' ghost was with us

Elijah Wood has said he thinks the ghost of Dylan Thomas was with the cast of his new biopic about the poet.

The Lord Of The Rings actor plays US poet and critic John Malcolm Brinnin in Set Fire To The Stars, which follows Brinnin's struggle to look after his hellraising Welsh hero (Celyn Jones) as he toured the US in the 1950s.

The shoot saw the star swap Hollywood for Swansea, where Thomas was born a century ago this year.

Elijah said: "We shot for 18 days, which is really fast. But we were staying in central Swansea and saw quite a bit of it actually, which was lovely.

"It feels like there's ownership from Swansea with the film, and I think the people of Swansea felt that - both because Dylan is a son of Swansea to a certain degree, and a lot of the places we filmed in were places that he frequented.

"So his ghost was with us the entire time, in a way."

Elijah may be best known to some for playing hobbit Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings trilogy from 2001 to 2003 - a role he reprised in the first Hobbit film in 2012 - but he told how he manages to keep the attention he gets "in perspective".

"Lord Of The Rings took on a life of its own, and is pop culture in a way that's so beyond even the movie that we made. It's the sum of the parts of everyone who contributed to it," said the 33-year-old.

He went on: "I'm meeting people now who were children when they first saw them [the Rings films], who are adults now. It's mad!

"But I tend to have a relatively healthy separation between what people see and what they think I am, and then the person that I am. I keep those things kind of separate, I suppose."

:: Set Fire To The Stars is in cinemas now.

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