Elijah Wood is better known as Frodo Baggins in the the Lord of the Rings movies and The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyHowever, playing a Shire hobbit set to destroy One Ring, isn’t the only notable role in Wood’s 30-plus-year screen career. He made his film debut at the age of 8. Back to the future part II, a small role in a successful science fiction film. After that, Wood starred in dramas, comedies, adventure films, psychological thrillers, neo-noir crime pictures, slashers, noir comedy horrors, and every genre in between.
Elijah Wood spoke to the Guardian about his career, saying: “When I reflect on my career I can recognize a pattern, but I don’t strategize. I just follow my heart and it takes me to some interesting places. and sometimes unexpected.” Here is a list of Elijah Wood’s best performances outside of Tolkien’s films; there are indeed unexpected roles among them, and a very interesting career.
7 the good son
the good son was written by Ian McEwan, one of the greatest British writers of our time. The 1993 psychological thriller stars Macauley Culkin and Elijah Wood in big, young performances as cousins who reintroduced themselves after 10 years. The film centers on 12-year-old Mark Evans (Wood), who after his mother’s death was sent to live with his aunt and uncle. There, Mark starts spending a lot of time with his cousin Henry (Culkin). Henry exhibits psychopathic behavior and a fascination with violence, and Mark develops an anxious relationship with him. For his role, Wood won the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Young Actor. Unlike many child actors, Wood was able to continue his talented career into adulthood.
6 Green Street Hooligans
The 2005 British-American crime drama Green Street Hooligans follows Matt Buckner, an ordinary 20-year-old expelled from Harvard University who moved to London and met football hooligans. Gradually, a quiet guy becomes one of them. Critic Roger Ebert applauded Wood’s role, noting, “Elijah Wood seems so unlikely as a street fighter that I started a list of more plausible actors for the role. Then I realized the purpose of the film was that someone like this nerdy kid from Harvard could be transformed in a fairly short amount of time into a bloodthirsty gang fighter.” Despite negative to mixed reviews of the film, this dramatic transformation of the actor makes Wood’s role in Green Street Hooligans remarkable and noteworthy.
5 no man of god
No Man of God is based on actual transcripts of conversations between FBI profiler Bill Hagmaier and serial killer Ted Bundy. Elijah Wood as Hagmaier and Luke Kirby as Bundy are persuasive and close to the real characters. To play the FBI profiler, Wood listened to numerous audio interviews with serial killers and asked Bill Hagmaier his questions about the role.
Wood even told The Hollywood Reporter that Hagmaier saw the movie and really liked it. Fans of serial killer movies based on true stories and the series spirit hunter in particular, will definitely like this movie too, because no man of god focuses on the interrogation and selection of a killer’s mastermind.
4 I don’t feel at home in this world anymore
Sundance Film Festival-winning independent comedy I don’t feel at home in this world anymore centers on a depressed nursing assistant (played by Melanie Lynskey), who has been robbed. She wants to find the perpetrators who broke into her house and enlists her crazy neighbor (played by Elijah Wood) on this mission. Their adventure ranges from the unusual and funny to the cruel. Like Rolling Stone, the film’s director Macon Blair knew that Wood “would make a good Tony, despite the fact that, on the page, the socially awkward stoner persona seemed like a 180-degree change from the the Lord of the Rings actor.” Elijah was truly compelling in his humorous and insecure performance, adding to both the eccentricity and humanity of the film.
3 Everything is illuminated
Based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, the 2005 comedy-drama Everything is illuminated stars Elijah Wood as a Jewish American man who collects memorabilia and artifacts from his family’s history. He decides to travel to Ukraine to learn more about his grandfather’s life during World War II and to better understand his family history and himself.
At times, the film has strong Wes Anderson vibes, which makes it very enjoyable for those who like the director’s style, combining bright locations, quirky characters, and an important subject. Wood is perfect as Jonathan, and the actor has proven he can easily be both funny and sensitive.
In this original FX TV show, philosophical and absurd situations play out in equal measure. Elijah Wood appears in Wilfred as depressed ex-lawyer Ryan, who is the only one who can see his neighbor’s dog Wilfred (played by Jason Gann) as a man in a cheap dog suit. Half life coach, half sneaky and vulgar dog (in more ways than one), Wilfred helps Ryan get rid of his dark thoughts and find the joy of living again. Wood and Gann are superb in this TV series, helping Wilfred work on many levels, combining brilliant humor and existential moments.
1 Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
Directed by Michel Gondry, written by Charlie Kaufman and featuring an impressive cast including Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and one of Jim Carrey’s finest cinematic performances, 2004 drama Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind tells the touching story of Joël and Clémentine, a couple who decide to undergo a medical procedure to erase their memories of each other. Elijah Wood is remarkable as Patrick, a creepy technician who, during this procedure, wants to replace Joel in Clementine’s brain – but she senses that something is wrong with these new memories. Through Elijah’s performance, we understand that true love can’t be fake.
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