Guy In <i>Lord of the Rings</i> Also Guy From <i>The Matrix</i>

An audible murmur passed through the audience at a recent screening of The Lord of the Rings when all four hundred moviegoers simultaneously realized that Hugo Weaving, playing Elrond in the fantasy screen adaptation, is the guy who played Agent Smith in the 1999 sci-fi hit The Matrix. Ushers reported several people whispering “Oh yeah, that’s that one guy,” followed by a nearly in-unison hiss of Missss-ter Anderson.

An aftershock murmur hit near the end of the film when about a third of the audience suddenly realized that the actor playing Sam Gamgee is that guy who was in Rudy and Encino Man.