It would have been a battle for the ages.
Middle-earth vs. Hogwarts. Hobbit vs. wizard. Sword vs. wand. Frodo Baggins vs. Harry Potter.
Austin’s own Elijah Wood almost entered into Fantastic Fest fisticuffs with Daniel Radcliffe at this year’s event, Wood said on his “Conan” appearance last Wednesday.
It all started when Conan O’Brien brought up the Internet fascination with comparing Wood to Radcliffe.
O’Brien showed the above GIF, and Wood said he was surprised at the longevity of the joke, which started when he was portraying Frodo Baggins in the “Lord of the Rigs” films at the same time as Radcliffe was playing Harry Potter, and the two would often get mistaken for one another.
“After a while, you think, it hits the Internet and becomes a thing and people talk about it for a while, and you think, ‘OK, we get it,’ and the joke is over and it would die, but [the joke] has long legs…and it just keeps going,” he said.
Wood said the joke got so popular that it almost became the subject of a Fantastic Debate at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, where he and Radcliffe would have faced off in the boxing ring in full costume.
“For the longest time, they wanted to get him to do the fight, and it almost happened this year, but it got squashed at the last minute because I was like, ‘I don’t want to fight this guy,'” Wood explained. “I don’t want the culmination of the fact that we look alike to be us together in a boxing ring.”
O’Brien suggested that in the future, the two might duke it out through a Pay-Per-View match.
“People would go crazy!” O’Brien said.
Watch the full clip below, and keep your hopes up that “Elijah Wood vs. Daniel Radcliffe” will be a thing at next year’s Fantastic Fest.