Elijah Wood may be basking in the critical and inevitable box-office success of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, but he's not about to forget the sacrifices he had to make playing Frodo the Hobbit. For starters, the young actor spent a huge chunk of his life holed up in New Zealand shooting all three big-screen versions of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic novels. Marvels Wood: "I was an 18-year-old kid when I arrived and a 20-year-old grown-up when I left!"
Of course, Wood made good use of his 16-month tour of duty overseas. "I loved New Zealand," he says. "The people brought us into their culture. I spent a lot of time buying CDs for my collection when we weren't filming. I think I bought 300 or 400. One of the local papers did a story saying I had spent so much money at record stores that I was contributing to the New Zealand economy."
Storm clouds are gathering over Laura Innes's ER alter ego Dr. Kerry Weaver and we're not referring to the secret surrounding her sexual orientation. Next week's action-packed episode "Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain" finds the stern doc caught in the middle of a raging thunderstorm.
"I'm stuck in an ambulance with a pregnant woman who's been stabbed," the Emmy-nominated actress-director explains to TV Guide Online. "We're trapped by live electrical wires that have fallen down. It was very intense and I got to be an action lady for a while."
As thrilling as the elaborate sequence was to shoot, Innes concedes that the special effects were toll-taking. "I did hate the rain part," she sighs. "You're standing out in the cold and you hear them say for the 75th time, 'Start the rain machines!' You think, 'No, please!' A crew member cam