LORD of the Rings star Elijah Wood has done a U-turn on his support for Scottish independence, claiming he thought he was being asked about independent cinemas.
The US actor, in the Capital for the Edinburgh International Film Festival premiere of his new film Set Fire to the Stars, claimed he had got mixed up, when he told the Evening News: “The independence of Scotland? Go for it, man!”
His comments caused a sensation on social media, with some Yes campaigners claiming the actor as one of their own. Tweets proclaimed “Frodo backs Scottish independence!” and “Frodo for Freedom!”, while his comment was repeated dozens of times.
His words even generated online Yes posters: one used an image of Wood in the role of Frodo with his own quote.
But now the 33-year-old claims he misunderstood the question.
He said: “You know, in truth, I thought they were talking about independent cinema. I mean, it’s a film festival.”
His new film is set in the 1950s and tells of poet Dylan Thomas’s later years.