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Elijah Wood turned down the chance to fight Daniel Radcliffe

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Jaap Buitendijk; Pierre Vinet

The fact that Elijah Wood and Daniel Radcliffe look alike will not end in a fist fight.

On Wednesday’s episode of Conan, Wood discussed the viral GIF that shows the subtle differences between himself and the Harry Potter star, and revealed they almost stepped into the ring to settle things once and for all.

“I go to this film festival every year called Fantastic Fest, and they do this thing called the Fantastic Debates, which is effectively two people in a boxing ring, as it turns out, debating a topic,” Wood explained. “Each person debates the topic, then they have a rebuttal, and then they actually box. A proper debate, then it’s fisticuffs.”

The Lord of the Rings star added he and Radcliffe almost met up this year for a throwdown. “I ultimately squashed it,” Wood said. “Because I was like, I don’t want to fight this guy. I don’t want the culmination of the fact that we look alike or somehow get mistaken for each other to end up in a boxing ring.”

The subtle difference between Daniel Radcliffe and Elijah Wood


Back in May, the GIF of Wood and Radcliffe morphing into one another went viral, and has been viewed more than 13 million times. Their facial similarities have long been a source of discussion for both actors. “We’re both kind of short guys with big blue eyes and brown hair, and we did fantasy movies that came out at the same time,” Radcliffe told Marc Maron on the WTF podcast in 2015. “I’m thinking of trying to write some sort of mistaken identity thing where one of us kills the other.”

Just as long as they don’t box.