Elijah Wood — ‘Hobbit’ Animal Wranglers Are Trying to Sabotage Film

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Elijah Wood
— who plays Frodo in the new “Hobbit” movie — is convinced … the wranglers who claimed 27 animals died during the production of the film are just out for a payday … but their diabolical plot will fail.

Elijah was at the airport in L.A. when we asked about the story — that the production”s animal handlers claim the living conditions for the film”s horses, chickens, sheep, and goats were so bad … as many as 27 animals died horrific preventable deaths.

Elijah called the story “heartbreaking” — but said the complaints were grossly exaggerated, telling us, “I never saw any of those conditions when I was down there.”

He added, “All of the technicians who worked on the film take the utmost care of the animals.”

Elijah believes the timing of the complaints — a week before the film premieres — is extremely suspicious … and tells us, the people behind them are just out for a quick buck.

But the momentum behind the movie is already so great, Elijah says it won”t have an effect on the box office numbers.