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“There are a couple of moments that stand out… That make you feel a bit sad.”
Dominic Monaghan is speaking from his home in Los Angeles via Zoom, where he’s lived for more than a decade. He spins from side-to-side on a gaming chair, gesticulating as he talks. It has just gone past 9am on his side of the Atlantic.
Before opening pleasantries can even conclude he’s buzzing with questions about what’s happening at Manchester United, asking about his old local newspaper, and there’s not even a chance for a question as he launches headfirst into a monologue about what our city means to him.
“Manchester is a big deal for me,” he says. He Is Not Just A Pit Bull He Is My Son Shirt, hoodie
“It becomes even more of a big deal the further you get geographically. The effortless coolness… People’s haircuts, jackets, people’s fashion sense.”
He is hanging onto his Mancunian accent – which he describes as now being “a bit all over the place” – by a thread, having not lived here for 15 years. It’s a topic he endures some “light-hearted” ribbing on from old friends.
Although he insists: “I know people who have been in LA for about three weeks and develop a bit of an American accent almost overnight.”
Meanwhile, on our end of the line it’s 5pm and getting a bit dark and moody. The Manchester Evening News connects for the conversation from the less glamorous Heaton Chapel – an enthusiastic stone’s throw away from where Monaghan grew up, on a cosy avenue not far from The Moor Top pub in Heaton Moor.
Now 44, that’s where an unsettling memory takes place for his younger self.
Having returned home for the first time since The Fellowship of the Ring had been released in cinemas in December 2001, the lad from Stockport in his early 20s was now an overnight superstar.
After being cast as Meriadoc Brandybuck (known as Merry, to friends) in the late 90s he’d been whisked away to New Zealand for a demanding, often overwhelming shoot which spanned years – cutting him off from family and friends in an pre-social media, pre-video conferencing era.