Hollywood’s Hidden Secrets
Elijah Wood has been in Hollywood for a long time.
From his younger years a child star to his eventual international stardom thanks to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Elijah Wood has experienced the highs and lows of stardom, though he has certainly turned out much luckier than other former child stars.
Following a recent interview with the Sunday Times, Wood is making international headlines for touching on a subject that Hollywood is apt to sweep under the red carpet: sexual scandal and abuse in the form of pedophilia.
“This bizarre industry presents so many paths of temptation,” Wood warned. “If you don’t have some kind of foundation, typically from family, then it will be difficult to deal with.”
But were his words taken out of context?
Former Child Star
Elijah Wood made his debut on the silver screen when he was just eight years old with a small role in Back to the Future Part II. Within the next several years he was critically acclaimed for roles in movies like Radio Flyer, North, and The Good Son alongside Macaulay Culkin.
Wood’s career continued to grow throughout his teenage years, and he successfully made the transition into being an adult actor with his starring role of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy starting in 2001. Yet according to him, he was lucky to escape childhood in Hollywood unharmed.
Vipers in Hollywood
In a recent interview with the Sunday Times, Wood brought up a comparison between the Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall scandal in the United Kingdom and the ongoing pedophilia that he made sound rampant in Hollywood, saying,
“You all grew up with Savile– Jesus, it must have been devastating. Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind. […] There is darkness in the underbelly– if you can imagine it, it’s probably happened.”
He also said that he was able to avoid this ‘underbelly’ thanks to his mother being involved in his career and helping him to remain ignorant of what was going on behind closed doors. What still upsets him, however, “is that the victims can’t speak as loudly as the people in power. There’s the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people.”
And the innocent people, in this case, are Hollywood’s children.