Daniel Radcliffe Understands Why People Mistake Him for Elijah Wood: 'It's Because the Idea of Us Is the Same'
"If you just come up and say, 'Are you Elijah Wood?' I will say no, and I won't tell you who I am," Daniel Radcliffe laughed
Radcliffe, 28, appeared on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast on Monday, where he admitted that he is commonly mistaken for the Lord of the Rings actor, 34. And the actor said he understands the confusion.
“It’s because the idea of us is the same,” he explained.
In fact, even Radcliffe can’t help but notice the similarities between Wood and himself.
“We’re both kind of short guys with big blue eyes and brown hair,” he said. “And we did fantasy movies that came out at the same time.”
It happens so much in fact, that Radcliffe has created the perfect response for people who come up to him and ask if he’s the Lord of the Ring star.
“If you just come up and say, ‘Are you Elijah Wood?’ I will say no, and I won’t tell you who I am,” he laughed.
While it would only make sense that Radcliffe and Wood would become real-life friends with everything they have in common, the actor says he’s only met Wood once.
But Radcliffe does hopes to work with Wood in the future, and already has the perfect role picked out – as doppelgangers!
“I’m thinking of trying to write some sort of mistaken identity thing where one of us kills the other.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time that either actor has talked about their strong resemblance.
Back in November 2014, Wood talked about getting mistaken for the actor during a stop on Late Night with Seth Meyers, admitting he gets “recognized as Daniel a lot.”
In February 2012, Radcliffe talked about how he once signed a photo of Wood as “I am not Elijah Wood” when he was handed a picture of the actor while signing autographs in Japan.
“It must have been much more disturbing for him because I was being recognized for him when he was – I presume – in his early 20s,” Radcliffe said during a stop on The Graham Norton Show. “He was being recognized for me when I was 13. He was a 20-something-year-old-man going, ‘Um, no!’ “