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Elijah Wood: 'Animals didn't die on Hobbit set'

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Elijah Wood has defended the upcoming Hobbit movies against claims that 27 animals died during production.

Animal wranglers who worked on the films, which are produced and directed by Peter Jackson, have come out with accusations that living conditions for the movie's horses, goats, chickens, and sheep were deplorable - resulting in numerous deaths.

Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

© New Line Cinema

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins alongside Ian McKellen as Gandalf in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

© New Line Cinema



Wood, who starred in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as Frodo Baggins and makes a cameo in the Hobbit films, told TMZ that he believes the reports are "heartbreaking" but also highly exaggerated.

He said: "I never saw any of those conditions when I was down there... All of the technicians who worked on the film take the utmost care of the animals."

The Wilfred star suggested that the complaints have been timed to coincide with the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Jackson and his co-producers have vehemently denied the allegations, and have been supported by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes to cinemas on December 14.

Watch a trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey below:


Photo gallery - 'The Hobbit' character posters:



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