The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Elijah Wood, who opens today in No Man of God, playing the FBI agent tasked with breaking down the insanity of serial killer Ted Bundy while he was on death row. Wood produced the film.
After getting his start in a bit part in Back to the Future Part II, Wood came to stardom as a child in films that included Forever Young, Radio Flyer, The Good Son, The Adventures of Huck Finn, The War and The Ice Storm. He is best known for making his own audition tape for Peter Jackson that got him in the room and helped win him the coveted role of Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings trilogy as a teenager. He has rounded into adulthood as an actor and producer of films that have included Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Everything is Illuminated, Green Street Hooligans and Sin City.
Because he became an actor at such a young age, Wood’s remembrances of influences that helped forge his craft are different than most Fuse subjects. And in some ways, they are among the most fascinated we’ve had.
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