Elijah Wood talks 'Wilfred'


'Wilfred' is one of the oddest programs on television. Starring Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins from 'The Lord of the Rings' films) as former lawyer  turned insane person Ryan, who talks to a dog (or a man in a dog suit) named Wilfred (played by Jason Gann), the show is unlike anything else on television. It definitely is something everyone can enjoy, but it at times can be a clever, captivating program.

The third season of the show kicked off last week, with Ryan trying to figure out if mental illness was behind his interactions with Wilfred, who he believes interacts and communicates with him. Of course, Wilfred did not think mental illness was the case and that he instead was an immortal spirit, and the two went to Wilfred's old home to try and find a baby picture of the dog - which would give Ryan some closure and make him think he wasn't crazy.

Of course, there was no answer found.

While Ryan may be searching for an answer, Wood thinks he might have figured it out.

“I’ve kind of made up my mind as to what I think Wilfred is. I don’t know that that’s reflective of what the character has decided though,” he said. "[Wilfred tries] to get him to open his eyes to a specific, I don’t know, lesson or something that he’s not seeing. As much as it’s sabotage, it’s really about kind of trying to push him forward in a good direction, albeit in a sort of screwed-up way."

Wood also feels that 'Wilfred' will have a definitive ending.

“It’s about a guy who is essentially in recovery, and trying to figure out what his path in life is. This manifestation of Wilfred has provided essentially a push for him to kind of figure that out,” he added. “That can only really last for so long to believe that we are dealing with a man who is kind of struggling for answers to these questions, and in this sort of existential question period of his life and in recovery. I don’t know that we can believe that for 10 seasons.”

‘Wilfred’ airs Thursdays nights on FX at 10 p.m.

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Written by: Hamatosan
Jun 28th, 2013, 6:55 am

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