Don't worry; there isn't a real beef between Daniel Radcliffe and Elijah Wood. However, that hasn't kept fans from dreaming that the two men will fistfight in real life, and it has next to nothing to do with their leading man roles in popular fantasy franchises Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. No, fans want to see them fight because the two of them look eerily similar. It's been a running joke on the internet for ages, but according to Elijah Wood, it almost became a reality.
During a recent appearance on Conan, Elijah Wood discussed how he and Daniel Radcliffe are often mistaken for each other. It happens so often in fact, that this year the two almost participated in a Fantastic Fest Debate. Fantastic Fest is a film festival and one of its panels is a debate that takes place in a boxing ring. Two contestants formally debate a topic and then literally box each other at the end. Apparently, Wood and Radcliffe were THIS close to doing it before Wood decided to pull the plug.
It almost became a thing this year. I ultimately squashed it, 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 sometimes get mistaken for each other to end up being in a boxing ring.
That's a mature and logical way to look at it, but let's not pretend like we wouldn't all love to see that fight. Conan makes the same point, saying that the two should set up an actual paper view boxing match dressed as Frodo and Harry Potter because people would absolutely watch it.
The internet has been obsessed with the Radcliffe-Wood similarity for years. They've both got a similar build and both men were in popular fantasy films that came out around the same time, so people on the street got them mixed up all the time. It's a weird corner of internet culture that has simply never died down, and it only ramped up when a gif of a face morph between the two was posted online, revealing just how much they look alike. That gif (seen below) as over 13 million views.
Not fighting is usually the right answer to most problems, especially when it's over something as silly as this. Still though, an actual boxing match between celebrities would be very cool. Assuming weapons are off the table, I'd have to give that match to Frodo (Hobbits are awfully hard to hit) but what do you all think?