Interview: Elijah Wood on Maniac


When it was revealed Elijah Wood had been cast in the remake of Maniac, fans of the William Lustig-directed original scoffed at the notion. After all, Wood was half the size of “original Maniac” Joe Spinnell and, to some, the actor – who starred in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy – arguably, wasn’t as threatening. Still, he was icy and eerily unhinged in Sin City. Would he be able to pull it off? Combined with Franck Khalfoun’s direction, the answer was ‘yes.’ Wood was able to make Maniac his own. Even though he’s not seen on the screen the entire time, as the film is shot mostly in POV, Wood’s presence is always there. spoke with the actor this week in anticipation of the remake’s Los Angeles theatrical debut (you can find it on VOD now) and found him very enthusiastic about the film. Further, they discovered he’s well-versed in the nature of the genre business and opened up about screen violence, his character in Maniac and more. You can check out the interview by clicking here.

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