We almost got an Elijah Wood vs. Daniel Radcliffe fight at Fantastic Fest

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.

Read more: Elijah Wood loves Via 313 Pizza

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.

Stars, they’re just like us: Elijah Wood loves Via 313 Pizza

Actor Elijah Wood, mythical Austin celebrity and all around cool guy, might split a Detroiter with you someday.

(Suzanne Cordeiro/For American-Statesman)
(Suzanne Cordeiro/For American-Statesman)

The actor, whose Twitter timeline consists mostly of retweets of other accounts, tweeted at Austin pizza joint Via 313 on Sunday to express his devotion to their Motor City-style pies:

The pizza place tweeted back at the “Sin City” star, asking which location was his preferred ‘za zone. Wood replied:

But he’s open to trying new things, too. Wood, who recently popped up on the South by Southwest red carpet, also said he’s “excited” about Via 313’s new UT-area location. (He said West Campus, but it’s really more North Campus.)

(Matthew Odam/American-Statesman)
(Matthew Odam/American-Statesman)

What’s likely driving Wood wild? Well, according to American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam (and our own late-night dining habits), the pies are just plain delicious:

“The signature Detroiter ($13) buries savory smoked pepperoni under a protective layer of cheese with small cups of natural-cased pepperoni on top. Sauce is added like a rivulet of lava after the pizzas leave the oven, giving a bright, acidic burst to the bite. The pizzas are divided into four squares — meaning each slice is a coveted corner piece — and can feed one very hungry person or two people with tamer appetites.”

In addition to trailers at Violet Crown Social Club and Craft Pride, as well as the Guadalupe store, Via 313 also operated a brick-and-mortar in Oak Hill. The mini-empire began in December 2011, when Zane and Brandon Hunt opened the Violet Crown trailer. If you’d rather live the celebrity life at home, we know how you can make your own deep-dish using a brownie pan.

Find more pizza places in town (celebrities not guaranteed) in our dining guide.