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Elijah Wood

'Hobbit' Animal Wranglers

Are Trying to Sabotage Film

11/22/2012 4:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Elijah Wood
-- who plays Frodo in the new "Hobbit" movie -- is convinced ... the wranglers who claimed 27 animals died during the production of the film are just out for a payday ... but their diabolical plot will fail.

Elijah was at the airport in L.A. when we asked about the story -- that the production's animal handlers claim the living conditions for the film's horses, chickens, sheep, and goats were so bad ... as many as 27 animals died horrific preventable deaths.

Elijah called the story "heartbreaking" -- but said the complaints were grossly exaggerated, telling us, "I never saw any of those conditions when I was down there."

He added, "All of the technicians who worked on the film take the utmost care of the animals."

Elijah believes the timing of the complaints -- a week before the film premieres -- is extremely suspicious ... and tells us, the people behind them are just out for a quick buck.

But the momentum behind the movie is already so great, Elijah says it won't have an effect on the box office numbers.

28 COMMENTS

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She's baaaack    

Those spectacles do absolutely nothing for his looks.

665 days ago
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flareking41    

i dont know why he is at the set anyways.... frodo isnt even in this book

665 days ago
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Sonja    

How is it a payday for them? I'd think it would greatly hurt their being hired for other movies if they were just trying to sabotage the film. That makes no sense. And how an animal appears on set is not the same as where they are housed. Sounds like all the deaths were more or less accidental because the farm was not well maintained for safety. Most farmers know broken fencing, downed barbwire and insecure housing will cost you animal lives. Thing is for most farmers those lives are money out of there pocket. For a big time film production I doubt it was much of a concern or worth the money to revamp a whole farm.. just buy more chickens.

665 days ago
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pattycake    

like a stupid actor sees anything other than his trailer or the set... stfu

665 days ago
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EatMe    

I stopped watching the apprentice after the douchebag Trumps killed those endangered animals, and I will boycott this film for the senseless animal deaths.

665 days ago
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Stiletto    

So 27 animals died...they have to have SOMETHING to serve at the missions on Thanksgiving!

665 days ago
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Spicy mag    

Frodo is in the Hobbit now because the studios are greedy.

665 days ago
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King of TMZ    

Who wanna watch another 9 hour lord of the rings movie about my least favorite characters in it "The Hobbits" oh lord lol I'd rather watch a turtle race than see the hobbit

665 days ago
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Rob Zombie is King    

Pre-sale for The Hobbit sold out Twilight, Thank God! I can't WAIT to see these movies! EPIC!

665 days ago
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liquidbabydoll    

My brother looks just like woods ,even same age. i love his acting! ~with all the profits made off of movies, the safety of animals should be covered.

665 days ago
11.

dapedo    

Every day, Thousands
of innocent plants
are killed by Vegetarians

Help end the Violence

Eat bacon

665 days ago
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IceGypsy    

I think he's right. If that was really going on, why wait till now to bring it up. Wouldn't they be doing something about it when it was supposedly going on?

665 days ago
13.

Fibb    

The guy turned into a real GEEK.....did he go to the elvis costello, school of beauty or what..

665 days ago
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thomasofthomas    

Is it not the responsibol

665 days ago
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thomasofthomas    

Is it not the responsibility of the animal handlers to tend to the animals?

665 days ago
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