Elijah Wood Says 'Wilfred' Co-Star Jason Gann 'Made Me Laugh More This Year'
This is a big week for "Wilfred" star Elijah Wood: The third season of his quirky, but endearing FX comedy premiered Thursday, followed by the U.S. release of his horror movie remake, "Maniac," in which he plays a serial killer who scalps his victims.
Wood, the "Lord of the Rings" star who's also a DJ, and the owner of his own record label (Simian Records) and horror production company (The Woodshed), talked to Yahoo! TV about what Ryan and his dog-suited pal Wilfred will be up to in the new season, about his "Adrenaline Junkie" adventures, and about his reaction to the Red Wedding on "Game of Thrones."
Before we talk about "Wilfred," we know you're a huge "Game of Thrones" fan. What was your reaction to the Red Wedding?
Oh, Jesus. I had no idea it was coming. I had heard for, I guess, the past three years … friends who had read the books refer to this Red Wedding, but out of context I had no idea what that was. It was devastating, totally devastating. Characters that I'd really come to love and in some ways the Stark family was the most noble and the most honest and true. It's so awful to see them meet that kind of end. It was just so emotionally powerful, Catelyn standing up trying to protect her son, really, really beautiful and shocking.
You've actually visited the set, right? You've sat on the Iron Throne?
Yes (laughing). I got to go to Belfast, this was actually last year, and DJ there for Bushmills. Since I was in Belfast and I knew that their studio was there, we just sort of inquired, "Would it be possible to go to the set and have a visit?" It was incredible to meet the whole team, go through the costume department … it's an amazing operation they have there. They're all so enthusiastic about the show, so passionate about it. It was a real treat.
We're sure there were people there who were fans of your work as well.
Well, it's funny. There are similarities to "Lord of the Rings" to a certain degree. Certainly that mix of fantasy and history. It really reminded me in some ways of what production was like on "Lord of the Rings." The same infrastructure, the costume department is huge, the prop department is huge. They've got their own swordsmith making real swords. It felt very familiar. It definitely seemed like those people were all fans of ("Lord of the Rings"), so that was cool.
Now, about our pal Wilfred. People keep going back to the question of "What is Wilfred? Is he real? Is he just Ryan's imagination?" The longer the show goes on, though, that seems less important because whatever Wilfred is, the important thing is that he's necessary for Ryan to become the person he's meant to be, not the one that his family wanted him to be.
Totally, yeah. That's it. I also think, just naturally, as we progress, I don't think Ryan is so obsessed with trying to figure out what Wilfred is. The conflict, the back-and-forth conversations between the two of them, are becoming less and less. I think that there's more of a level of acceptance from Ryan that Wilfred is in his life and the benefits far outweigh the questions.
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Wilfred is Ryan's best friend as well, and I think he's settled more into that. But that's really interesting. I think there has to be that level of acceptance, otherwise the constant questioning would get a little bit exhausting, which isn't to say that Ryan doesn't have deep questions. The first episode of the season opens up with him still analyzing that drawing that we saw at the end of the last season. That drawing really does play a major role in the context of the whole season. It keeps getting revisited. There still has to be some level of questioning. I think there is also acceptance in there as well. You can have a lot of fun with that.