Elijah Wood talks 'dog' show 'Wilfred' (Video)
Elijah Wood is eagerly anticipating the reaction of viewers to the new FX comedy series "Wilfred," which debuts on Thursday, June 23 and sees him playing Ryan, a man who squabbles with a dog, who he sees as a man in a costume.
The series marks the 30-year-old actor's biggest television role and also stars Chris Klein of "American Pie" fame, who will appear on several episodes. The show is based on an Australian series and Jason Gann, the original show's co-creator, reprises his role as the dog's human persona.
"I don't think I've felt this curious and this excited to see how people will respond to something that I've worked on," Wood told OnTheRedCarpet.com correspondent Jacob Burch on Thursday. It's such a unique show. It's a show that kind of has a lot of layers to it. It's extremely funny. The character of Wilfred ... is so hilarious and it's not a very conventional show. I've never been so excited for people to see it."
"I think I became really used to the fact that he was in a dog suit," he said of Gann. "I ceased to see it as ridiculous after a while. Ryan ... accepts Wilfred into his life and ceases to see it as strange and I kind of related to that."
Wood said he does not currently have a dog but did grow up with them.
Wood rose to fame as a child star. He played a boy who complains about an outdated video game in the 1989 film "Back To The Future II" and also appeared alongside an evil Macaulay Culkin in the 1993 movie "The Good Son." In 1994, he appeared alongside "Seinfeld" actors Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as well as Bruce Willis in the film "North," which was once famously slammed by movie critic Roger Ebert.
He has appeared on shows such as "Homicide: Life on the Street" and voiced characters in the animated programs "King of the Hill," "Robot Chicken" and "American Dad!."
Wood's major film break came in 2001, when he starred as main character Frodo in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." He reprised his role in the other two movies in the hit trilogy and will also play the character in the upcoming two-part prequel, "The Hobbit."
The first movie, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," is set for release on Dec. 14, 2012 and the second, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," hits theaters on Dec. 13, 2013.
Reporting by Jacob Burch, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).