After an extensive film career from the young age of eight to his current age of 30, Elijah Wood has not turned his back on the movies but has directed some of his focus to television. Looking for an interesting project this year, he accepted the role of Ryan on the Americanized version of the Australian hit show “Wilfred.”
In a video chat with senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum, Wood said, “The last five years, the landscape of television has changed with the quality of writing and directing and the actors that have moved to television, primarily in drama and cable.” He added, “I am such a fan of so many of those shows…’Breaking Bad,’ ‘Mad Men,’ pretty much anything HBO puts out.”
The unusual premise of the FX comedy series “Wilfred” has Wood’s character Ryan as a depressed man who starts seeing his neighbor’s dog Wilfred as an actual person in a dog suit, even though everyone else still just sees the dog. One of the show’s creators and writers, Jason Gann, also reprises his role as Wilfred from the Australian version, which received several awards and nominations.
With the first season just completed, Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. members might have the show and Wood on their radar for possible Golden Globe Awards nominations. Wood said, “It would be incredibly surreal. To be recognized for it would be extraordinary, but it would definitely take me by surprise.”
Wood has already been on the awards circuit several times with the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy of films that garnered support 2002-2004 from the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. While he was not singled out for the iconic role as Frodo individually, he and the rest of the cast won the Best Film Ensemble award for the final film “Return of the King” at SAG in 2004. That installment also swept the Oscars a few weeks later. Wood recalled that it was “kind of like our family being recognized in a way. We were extremely proud to be helping it along at all the various awards shows.”
Wood is now in New Zealand shooting a small number of scenes for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” a prequel to the “LOTR” films which is also directed, produced, and written once again by Peter Jackson.
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