Here at The Dragon Hotel, we’ve been keeping our very own hobbit-sized secret over the last few weeks.
Elijah Wood – star of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy – has been staying at The Dragon Hotel while filming his latest movie in Swansea.
Elijah has been shooting Set Fire To The Stars, a new film that takes a look at the legendary Swansea poet Dylan Thomas (played by Anglesey actor Celyn Jones) and his fractious relationship with his tour agent and fellow poet John Malcolm Brinnin, played by Wood).
Although it’s set in early-50s America and tells of Thomas’ publicity visits to the US, the film has been completely shot in the Welsh poet’s native South Wales. Filming has been mostly in Swansea but also around the Gower and it is directed by Downton Abbey and Doctor Who director Andy Goddard. Gruff Rhys, frontman of Welsh band Super Furry Animals will also be composing the score for the movie.
Zoe Holland, who works in our Food and Beverage department, is a big Elijah fan – and ended up a little tongue tied when she first brought room service up to the star’s room. She said:
“Once I realised how nice he is in real life, it became easier to not be so star struck!
“You can imagine how excited I was when I was offered to go along to a shooting of a scene from the film in Pier Street, one of the older parts of Swansea.
“When I got there, I thought I had been transported back in time! All of the cars being used for the shoot were completely different from cars that we drive today, and they had a snow machine, which brought a magical feel to the occasion. It was so exciting to see the cameramen going about their work, and the actors being so natural in the roles that they were employed to do. It was an experience I shall never forget, and I would like to thank the film crew for being so accommodating.
“After the shoot had finished, I was asked if I wanted to go for a drink with the crew, but as I had work the next day, I declined their offer with thanks. I headed home for a good night sleep, with dreams of Elijah fresh in my mind!”
We’d just like to thank Elijah for choosing The Dragon Hotel and for being the perfect guest! The pleasure was all ours.
Set Fire To The Stars is out later on in 2014 – we can’t wait to see it!