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Viggo Mortensen Plays Practical Jokes on Elijah Wood

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Viggo Mortensen starred alongside Elijah Wood in all of those Lord Of The Rings movies, and it sounds like their off-screen personas were much more lighthearted than the characters they portrayed on-screen. Mortensen loved to play practical jokes on set to keep his colleagues in a good mood -- even jokes that lasted weeks.

Elijah and Viggo co-starred together in Lord of the Rings (VH1.com)
He said: "There's no sense in doing something, especially if it's a hard job, if you can't have a little fun. One time, I called Elijah Wood every day for six weeks pretending to be a long-lost German friend. Most of the calls were in the middle of the night. Fortunately he thought it was funny..."

However, during the making of the fantasy epic trilogy, one of Viggo's jokes went too far and quickly escaladed into a "big crisis."

He added to Live magazine: "On Lord Of The Rings we had these little people who were stand-ins for the hobbits. One time Dominic Monaghan, who played the hobbit Merry, and I mimicked this one particular guy who had a really distinctive voice and rang the producers to say that all the little people were stranded on New Zealand's South Island with nothing to eat and no water. It became this big crisis and the producers sent everyone scrambling."

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