In his screen performances, Wood has a Christ-like quality, his cornflower-blue eyes able to transmit at once anguish, stoicism and vulnerability; off screen, he has been referred to as a ‘source of genuine goodness’. A small role in the story of two dysfunctional families and the effect of their infidelities on their children. But I did OK.’The length and insular nature of the shoot allowed him to make the deep personal connections that he felt he’d missed out on as a child — he recounts tales of surfing and road trips with his co-stars Orlando Bloom, Dominic Monaghan and Viggo Mortensen.Maybe it’s because I finally get to pick on someone my own size. ‘I don’t believe in cynicism,’ he says, a cigarette dangling from his mouth. Cynicism kills the soul and murders people’s ability to move forward.’ Come on, Elijah. I don’t know if I’m laddie in that slightly misogynistic, on-the-piss, lack of intelligence, overly masculine, gross way. Wood has had little contact with his father since, and clearly puts his mother-mentor on a pedestal. Which perhaps goes some way to explaining why, after all his public exorcising of Frodo, Wood agreed to appear in the prequel trilogy, the final part of which is out next month. There’s really nothing sexy about it.’ He has also managed to carry out his private life under the radar; his only publicly documented relationships have been with German actress Franka Potente and Racine.Elijah, 25, and Pam started dating in the summer of 2004.Mandrake hears that Wood, 29, has split up with his girlfriend, Pamela Racine, after more than five years.Understandably, he revisited Middle Earth more than once, voicing Frodo in a rather X-rated episode of the stop-motion comedy Robot Chicken, and last December fans glimpsed him in a brief cameo in The Hobbit, the first of Peter Jackson's three films taking on JRR Tolkien's prequel to Rings.“It was like stepping back into time,” he says, admitting “it was strange” to be without his fellow Hobbits Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan and Sean Astin, who he got so close to on the New Zealand set of Rings."He claims that's it for Frodo, and that we won't see him again in Jackson's next two Hobbit films.“I've actually done my piece, which is just the beginning of the first film. It's funny – we were doing press for The Hobbit, and I was told by Warner Brothers not to say it was the last time. But I genuinely don't think there's any more place for Frodo to exist within the framework of what they created.In all likelihood I won't be going back.”His latest film, Maniac, feels like an attempt to shake the Shire from his soul once and for all.
"The last thing he wanted to do was hurt Pamela, but she's pretty cut up about the break-up."Racine, 32, a former model, is a drummer and dancer with the "gipsy punk" band Gogol Bordello.Bert, a native Louisvillian, attended the University of Louisville.He was President of Kaden Companies, a commercial real estate development, investment and management company. Now that he has enough projects out there to make references to Frodo ridiculously churlish, it seems he has nothing left to prove. His role in the understated director Andy Goddard, the film focuses on the relationship between the ‘roistering, drunken, doomed poet’ Dylan Thomas (played by Welsh actor Celyn Jones, who also co-wrote the film) and the Harvard academic John Malcolm Brinnin (a Buster Keaton-looking Wood), the man responsible for inviting Thomas to tour America — a move that would both cement his status as a cultural icon for the Beat movement and lead to his untimely death, hastened by binge-drinking, in New York in 1953. I met Paul Mc Cartney once and he was so wonderful.’Wood says he was always well-adjusted. But f*** me, I get so monged out.’ Wood is an ace at British colloquialisms. ‘I’ve never been disappointed with any of my heroes.