Billy BoydThe Lord of The Rings famously had about fifteen endings - but what they didn't show you was the hobbit Pippin falling on hard times and going completely broke.

Yep, Billy Boyd, the actor who played Pippin in the Middle Earth trilogy, has declared that he has no money left after his post LOTR career failed to take off.

Boyd revealed recently that he wasn't paid handsomely for his starring part in the films that made $2 billion worldwide: "I don't have any money. We were unknown actors. We did it for peanuts, and for food."

It does seem odd that one of the main characters (of an admittedly ensemble piece) would have been paid so low, with Sean Astin writing in his surprisingly candid book 'There and Back Again: An Actors Tale' that he only got $250,000 for his role. Not a sum to be sniffed at but when you consider the amount of money the films made not exactly over generous either, something that could be attributed to the fact that the film was made outside of the actor's union. Billy BoydThe Lord of The Rings famously had about fifteen endings - but what they didn't show you was the hobbit Pippin falling on hard times and going completely broke.

Yep, Billy Boyd, the actor who played Pippin in the Middle Earth trilogy, has declared that he has no money left after his post LOTR career failed to take off.

Boyd revealed recently that he wasn't paid handsomely for his starring part in the films that made $2 billion worldwide: "I don't have any money. We were unknown actors. We did it for peanuts, and for food."

It does seem odd that one of the main characters (of an admittedly ensemble piece) would have been paid so low, with Sean Astin writing in his surprisingly candid book 'There and Back Again: An Actors Tale' that he only got $250,000 for his role. Not a sum to be sniffed at but when you consider the amount of money the films made not exactly over generous either, something that could be attributed to the fact that the film was made outside of the actor's union.

Following the years spent in New Zealand filming Rings, Boyd has appeared in several aquatic based productions with roles in Russell Crowe boat epic Master and Commander, On a Clear Day (a film about a man who swims the English Channel) and the whale bothering television adaption of Moby Dick.

However, with several productions coming up including re-teaming with Sean Astin in The Witches of Oz - and with a career that is at least a hundred times better than most jobbing actors - Boyd is not bitter: "Once you get in your head that you're not going to do anything bigger, you just do things that you enjoy."

Although he hasn't yet found the same success as other fellowship members we think he'll be fine, in fact, if you re-watch the films he's pretty much the least annoying Hobbit. Except for that song he sings in Return of the King...

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