A Penny for your Thoughts (pippins_penny) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,
A Penny for your Thoughts

Billy Boyd is FINE!

Really, REALLY fine!  ;)

I had the set the record straight for my man!  In regards to that last Billy Boyd post, Billy was joking, it was taken out of context.  Here is the entire REAL article, I underlined the pertinent parts ....
Billy Boyd

He became a household name playing a hobbit in the Tolkien trilogy but there are many strings to this Scottish actor’s bow, as Katie McKenna discovers

As he prepares for a UK-wide tour of the hit musical Sunshine on Leith, No.1 caught up with Billy Boyd in a back room of Glasgow’s King’s Theatre. Politely declining his offer of an apple or some shortbread, it soon becomes apparent that while he may have had a starring role in one of the biggest movie franchises of all time, Billy’s feet are still very much on the ground.

He is also a celebrity that doesn’t miss a trick, and while he is happy to talk about his showbiz mates (Dom, Elijah, Orlando and Russell, thank you very much) he takes the opportunity to promote his other passion in life: his band Beecake, in which he sings and plays guitar with the pals he’s had since he was 16.
Apart from listening to his advice to purchase his album, open a bottle of wine and dance around my living room when I get home, we also find time to talk about everything from The Lord of the Rings to juggling life as an actor and being a dad.

Rehearsals are about to get underway for Sunshine on Leith, are you looking forward to them?
Yeah definitely. I think it’s a cracking script so I’ve just been working on that; getting ready for rehearsals. I’m really looking forward to it – it’s been a while since I’ve been on stage. One of the things I love is getting up, getting a coffee, getting your script and going into a room with other actors and working on it. In film you don’t get the chance to do that – it’s too fast. You might be on a film for two weeks and then you meet the girl that’s your girlfriend and 10 minutes later, you are doing the scene. There is something really nice about having the time to figure out what you are trying to do with the piece.

When was the last time you did a musical?
My first job out of drama school was Adrian Mole in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole at The Byre Theatre. It’s a cracking musical. I’ve always loved musicals. I just saw Spamalot in New York. I was doing some work in New York and rather than leave when it was finished, I stayed on just to see musicals. It was really good fun.

Sunshine on Leith features music by The Proclaimers. Are you a fan?
I am – isn’t everyone? Wherever you go in the world people love their songs. ‘Oh Jean’ is my party piece. In fact, Russell Crowe once phoned me up to see if I wanted to go to a party but I had to bring my guitar and perform ‘Oh Jean’. There were loads of famous actors there who all had to do their party pieces. All the money in the world couldn’t buy you a ticket for that party – it was fantastic.

You worked with Russell on Master and Commander but you also made good friends with the other hobbits on Lord of the Rings. Do you still keep in touch?
Yeah definitely. I saw Elijah not long ago in New York – we all catch up when we can.

When Lord of the Rings finished, did you think to yourself, ‘Where on earth can I go from here?’
I did a bit. I mean Christopher Lee said it was the biggest thing he had ever done, and he has made more films than any other actor – it’s in the Guinness Book of Records – so you can’t go anywhere from it. I think once you get that in your head, that you’re not going to do anything bigger, you just do things that you enjoy, which has always been my ethos anyway. Rather than thinking, ‘If I do this, and in five years I’ll be where I want to be,’ you’re better just doing something that makes you happy right now.

Were you ever tempted to retire after Lord of the Rings and just go and live the good life in the sun somewhere?
I don’t have any money!

You must have a couple of dimes?
But we were unknown actors – we did it for peanuts, and for food.

Do you think the trilogy has stereotyped you at all?
Maybe but you have got to fight against that a little bit. I’m not going to keep doing that part but it happens to every actor, so you fight against it a bit but you’ve also got to be happy because being known for Lord of the Rings is a good thing.

Do you still get to spend a lot of time in Glasgow?
I’m kind of dotted about all over the place but I still think of Glasgow as being home. I was almost a year in LA but I really wanted to come home, which is a big part of this play as well. I don’t know if it’s a Scottish thing or if
it’s just where you grow up but there is something that drags me back.

And when you are here, do fans stop you all the time?
I get stopped when someone wants something signed but it’s not a bad thing. I was actually out at the Science Centre yesterday with my son, and someone came up to me for an autograph and my son said, “Why did that man want that?” And I said, “You know how sometimes I’m in films?” He said, “Yes I know you’re in films.” So I went to him, “Who else is in films?” And he said, “Elijah, Dom, Orlando.” All the people that we hang out with, he knows that we’re in films. I just thought it was an interesting insight into his mind!

Do you think it’s important for Scottish actors to stay up here to build the Scottish film industry?
I think it is but I don’t think that there’s an awful lot I can do about it – but I want to be part of it. When people talk about the ‘industry’ up here, I want people to say, ‘Peter Mullan lives up here, Billy Boyd lives up here.’ I want it to be known that you can live here and have a career in the film industry.
Although it is much more difficult than if you were in London or LA. You have to travel for meetings but there are huge amounts of time when you are not working and it depends on where you want to be. I like being here.

After this tour, what’s the plan for you?
I don’t really have plans. What I like about being an actor is that you never know what is going to happen so you can never plan anything. The good thing is that good things happen so hopefully it will be three months filming in Hawaii – that would be nice.


And for the record, he is going to be touring with Sunshine on Leith throughout Britain this fall and has 3 movies coming out this fall as well...

Carmel with Alfred Molina & Lauren Hutton
Moby Dick (a TV series) with Gillian Anderson & Ethan Hawke
The Witches of Oz with Christopher Loyd & Jeffrey Combs

and he also just released a CD this summer with his band Beecake.

Anyone who knows Billy or has met him knows what a sweet, kind man he is and also was a wicked sense of humor he has.

All the rags are now picking up on that and are making a HUGE fucking deal out of it!  I hope Billy isnt getting any grief from it!
Read more INSANE lies.....


‘Broke’ Billy Boyd says he earned ‘peanuts’ from ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy
‘Lord of the Rings’ star Billy Boyd has revealed that he’s broke and earned ‘peanuts’ from the 1.8-billion-pound trilogy.
Billy, 41, who played Frodo’s Pal Peregin ‘Pippin’ Took, has said: “I don’t have any money.
“We were unknown actors .We did it for peanuts and for food,” the Sun quoted him saying.

From Showbiz News:

Lord Of The Rings actor Billy Boyd has claimed that he was poorly paid for his work in the hugely successful fantasy franchise and is now completely broke.
The 41-year-old Scot, who played adventurous hobbit Peregrin 'Pippin' Took in the $2.7bn (£1.7bn) grossing trilogy, revealed that he still struggles to make a living.

From Hollywood.com:

Lord of the Rings' Boyd is broke
The Scottish star played lovable Hobbit Peregrin 'Pippin' Took in the hit movies, which generated a massive $2.7 billion in profits - but Boyd admits he is still a struggling actor.
He says, "I don't have any money. We were unknown actors. We did it for peanuts (very little money), and for food."
And the 41 year old has begun to accept that shooting the trilogy in New Zealand could be the peak of his career, adding: "Once you get in your head that you're not going to do anything bigger, you just do things that you enjoy."

From Contact Music:

Lord Of The Rings - Lord Of The Rings' Boyd Is Broke
The LORD OF THE RINGS film trilogy did little to boost BILLY BOYD's bank balance - the actor insists he's completely broke.
The Scottish star played lovable Hobbit Peregrin 'Pippin' Took in the hit movies, which generated a massive $2.7 billion in profits - but Boyd admits he is still a struggling actor.
He says, "I don't have any money. We were unknown actors. We did it for peanuts (very little money), and for food."
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