Elijah Wood first broke into movies at the age of 7 as "Video Game Boy" in 1989's 'Back to the Future: Part II' and quickly shot to stardom with leading roles in 'Paradise,' 'Forever Young' (with Mel Gibson) and 'The Good Son' (opposite fellow child star Macaulay Culkin).

But while the careers of so many young actors -- including a certain 'Son' co-star -- peter out as they hit that rocky patch known as puberty, Wood's began to thrive. He bolstered his indie cred with Ang Lee's 'The Ice Storm,' headlined one of the most successful franchises in movie history with his turn as Frodo Baggins in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy and voiced the lead penguin in $197 mil-grossing 2006 animated flick 'Happy Feet.'

In an exclusive interview, Wood dishes on his latest role, playing a "mechanized rag doll" fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world in Shane Acker's feature adaptation of his own Oscar-nominated short '9' (in theaters Sept. 9); reveals whether we'll see Frodo (and who should play Bilbo) in the 'Rings' prequel 'The Hobbit'; and waxes nostalgic about his 'Future'-istic big-screen debut.
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