Elijah Wood shares his family and friends’ response to ‘Wilfred’ (Exclusive Interview)

Elijah Wood shares the response to ‘Wilfred’
By Michael Aaron Gallagher of StayFamous.Net

Photo of Elijah Wood by Frank Ockenfels/FX

Elijah Wood is one of those elite Hollywood actors who almost seems blissfully unaware of his own stature. His illustrious movie career, which includes “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is also peppered with projects designed to keep him from being type-cast in the industry. And yet an actor like Wood, who has captured the attention of audiences for hours on end in one of the most powerful ensemble casts in recent motion picture history, needs to be worried about anything but being type-cast. Still it seems, he’s continuing to take on roles that are original and unexpectedly entertaining.

His latest project is the critically acclaimed FX television series “Wilfred.” Based on a short film that appeared at the Sundance Film Festival, and was later developed into an Australian show by the same name, “Wilfred” is a half-hour comedy that stars Elijah Wood as “Ryan” and Jason Dunn as “Wilfred” (a talking – and smoking – dog who appears as a human in a dog costume to Ryan).

I recently had the opportunity to talk to Elijah Wood about the project. Of course, actor and co-executive producer Jason Dunn (who plays “Wilfred”) also provided a little comic relief as well.

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “How did your family and friends respond to the news when you told them you’d be starring in ‘Wilfred?’  Are they looking forward to watching the show?”

Elijah Wood: “Yes, my family and friends were, I think, very intrigued at the notion of the premise of the show. I think since we started shooting and we actually did a number—we shot a number of promos before we actually went into production. They started to air sort of while we were shooting, which gave people a real sense of what it is that we were trying to do and kind of gave tonally an idea of the show we were trying to make. Since those have come out a lot of family and friends have seen those shorts and everyone’s looking forward to it. I’m very excited and intrigued, as they should be.”

Elijah Wood (left) as Ryan and Jason Gann as “Wilfred.”
Photo by Michael Becker/FX

Jason Gann: “They said, ‘Elijah, we will always love you regardless of what—'”

Elijah Wood: “Listen, no matter what decision you make as an actor we’re proud of you. We’re proud of you either way.”

Jason Gann: “Up to this point, it’s been great.”

Elijah Wood: “It’s been great, and I’m sure you’ll make other great decisions later as well, should you get a second chance.”

Jason Gann: “I wasn’t there for that conversation. It was imagined. That question wasn’t even directed to me. I hijacked it.”

Elijah Wood: “You did. You hijacked it…”

“Wilfred” premieres at 10 p.m. Thursday, June 23 on FX. To watch clips from the show, visit www.fxnetworks.com.

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Photographs Courtesy of FX Television Networks

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