Elijah Wood took to Reddit today for an AMA to promote his new film Grand Piano. Before we head into the recap, here's a quick summary of Grand Piano's plot in case you're not familiar yet: The film is a thriller about a talented pianist (Wood) who is held at ransom during one of his performances, and told if he messes up one note, he will be killed. Suspensful, huh? Wood didn't answer many questions about his upcoming movie, but he answered plenty of interesting questions.
Grand Piano hits theaters March 7.
Here's a roundup of the AMA:
He smells really good! He smells of a sort of masculine incense. I just…I can't put my finger on specifically what notes of the scent are there, but there's something very pleasant about the way that he smells. Incense definitely comes to mind. What an interesting question.
I find it so difficult to pick a favorite film. And really difficult to pick a favorite of anything, be it a film or a record or a band. I've always found that really complicated because with any given art form I tend to love so much of that art form that it's difficult for me to choose. Let's say Groundhog Day in memory of Harold Ramis. It's honestly one of my favorite films and I've seen it countless times, and I think it's one of the absolute classics in comedy. Taking LOTR out of the equation, I would say Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of my favorite films to have been a part of. I'm a massive fan of Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman, and to have been a part of their work together is something I'm tremendously proud to have been a part of.
"I heard you have over 4000 records. If your house was burning down and you happened to only have one hand (4 finger-spaces to clamp down on the records), which was the only part of your body not seared enough to cause excruciating pain when you touched something, which 4 records would you choose?"
What an extraordinarily articulated question. And very detailed. You've really thought about this. Which 4 records? Guhhh. They would probably be original pressing African records which are very difficult to find in good condition and quite expensive. Or there are a couple of relatively expensive 7" that I have that would be difficult to get again.
My bucket list tends to be dominated by places I'd like to travel, restaurants that I want to eat in, and a few experiences I've never had. I don't have one thing that I absolutely must...You know, I really must learn a foreign language. The fact that I don't know one, at 33, is embarrassing, and the fact that I have friends around the world whose first language is not english who speak it… I suppose it's not exactly a bucket list item, but if I leave this planet without learning a foreign language I think I will have made a mistake.
If you could relive ANY day of your whole life? Wow. This goes into the same category as picking a favorite movie or record, it gets into the realm of the impossible. I had a day recently - this is the easiest way to answer the question - in Northwest Queensland in Australia where I took a boat out with a group of friends and some of their family members to the Great Barrier Reef and I had never been before. Part of our plan was that we were going to go to a quay, where there's a sandbar in the middle of the ocean somehow, but there was a high tide so water was covering the quay, so it turned into a giant swimming pool in the middle of the ocean. So we jumped into the water and waves were crashing in all different directions because we were in the middle of the ocean and we couldn't stop smiling. It was magic, extraordinary. There were jellyfish in the water that we were lifting up with our hands. Then we went snorkeling on the reef, we saw a sea turtle, amongst many incredible fish and coral. It was a magical day.
I had minor experience with the instrument. I took lessons from the ages of 10-14 (on and off) but like many kids I got bored with practicing, but stopped, regrettably. The theater was built in such a way where the stage, the two balconies one on either side, and the first five rows were physically there, but if you turned the camera around and looked from my perspective onto the audience there was no extension to the theater. So all of the extension was done digitally.
Oooh. I suppose it's up for interpretation. I believe that Ryan is experiencing a form of psychosis. Hence Wilfred's manifestation. However, I think it's important to not answer those questions definitively and perhaps we'll get more definitive answers in the final season.
"I have no idea if you'll remember me or my family but my dad's name is Jose and he used to work with your dad many years ago (he's an architect). Myself and my brother would come over to your house sometimes and one year your family gave us one of your Bearded Collies as a gift. Her name was Fanny and we had her for many years. She passed away almost three years ago at the age of 17 and lived a very long and happy life. I just wanted to say thank you for providing us with one of our most special family members and for having a part in my childhood with my first dog."
HOW INCREDIBLE. Of course I remember your family! What a beautiful memory you've provided me. I will definitely share with my family. And what a wonderful long life Fanny had. And I'm sure she gave you a lot of love. Thank you so much.
"Hey Elijah, first off i was wondering how much voiceover training you have recieved prior to doing voiceover work (Spyro the Dragon, Shay Volta) and if you enjoy doing voiceover work more than acting or vice versa"
I've never experienced any training as it pertains to voice work. Voice work does tend to be a part of acting in film as well because oftentimes we do ADR (additional dialogue recording) to fix sound issues that occurred whilst filming. So I'm used to simply using my voice to replicate a performance. And I really do enjoy voiceover work. There's something very freeing about the experience in that it's not about any physicality, it's just about the voice. But there's also a challenge there in terms of articulating only with your voice what a character may be experiencing at any given time. But I enjoy that challenge. And speaking of doing the voice of Shay in Broken Age: that was an absolute honor for me because I grew up with Tim Schafer's video games such as The Curse of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, and Full Throttle.
"Hey Elijah! I was wondering what it was like working with Eugene Hutz during Everything Is Illuminated. I hear a lot of rumors about the guys personality and was wondering if there was any truth to some of the more scandalous ones."
I loved working with him. I think he's an extraordinary artist, musician, performer, and I really enjoyed watching him bring the character of Alex to life. And to get to know him and the Gogol Bordello family over the years was a special time in my life. There's nothing like a live Gogol Bordello show.
Extremely positive. Because I started working as an actor from the age of 8, initially on commercials, and quickly small roles on films that then developed into larger roles on film, it all happened relatively quickly. And I loved it immediately. I was lucky enough to continue to work. There was a sense of momentum and I got to work on a variety of different kinds of films. In a way I felt like I was an adult, or was treated as an adult to a certain degree, from a young age. And I got to have incredible experiences - to travel, to work with really extraordinary or talented people - experiences that I wouldn't have otherwise had the opportunity to have. So it was extraordinary and I think that my childhood was framed by my incredible family. That provided for me, particularly by my mother, a sense of roundedness and reality outside of the context of the world that I was working in as an actor.
You get a gold star for a bizarre question.
To check out the entire AMA, head on over here.