Focus Features held a Twitter interview this afternoon with Elijah Woods, to promote his new movie “9.” Surprisingly, Elijah spent a good deal of the (pretty short) interview professing his love for… horror movies. We can’t believe it, but he actually references “The Faculty.” Goddamn! Below are highlights from the interview.
Patrick487: Elijah, what made you decide to be in “9″? What would you say is your favourite movie genre?
ELIJAH WOOD: Well, the animated short that Shane Acker directed that he actually made over the course of 4 years was the 1st piece of the film that I got to see, and it was ultimately sent to me with the script with the option to be a part of it. I was absolutely in love with the film and the animation style. That was enough for me. It’s rare that you get to see a long form preview of what the film will actually look like. So that was quite extraordinary.
I like all kinds of films. I would say that there are any films I don’t like. But I would say I’m obsessive about horror films. A few of my friends and I have a rolling horror night, where we all get together and watch horror movies together. Most recently was a movie called “Who Can Kill a Child” made in the early 70s. English language film by a Spanish filmmaker. It sort of shows the atrocities of children through the years and through the ages. It’s a really beautiful movie.
ESMEGRUBB: I’ve heard you are a big fan of Jennifer Connelly. How was it working with her? Or did you get to?
EW: I am a big fan of Jennifer. Unbeknownst to her, I’ve had a crush on her for years. I’m sure many men share that with me. It was wonderful. She was delightful, very down to earth and naturally beautiful. It was great to see what she would bring.
JESS4002: What have you always wanted to do but haven’t had the opportunity to do yet?
EW: Well, not to go back to the horror movie thing, but I’ve always wanted to be in a really great horror movie. You could say “The Faculty” was kind of horror, but really more scifi, and a little bit of comedy. To get to play a villain would be fun.
Even to do that outside of the horror genre would be great. There’s a lot to sink your teeth into. I have a little experience from that from “Sin City,” which was a blast, but that was just a taste. It would also be cool to play a romantic lead, too. As an actor, I’m always looking to do something different than I’ve done before. Not only characters, but the kinds of movies.
Bethanie Frigot: What monster do you find the scariest? The cat beast, the seamstress, the winged beast, or the fabrication machine?
EW: The Seamstress is so creepy. They’re all scary, but the Seamstress has this sickly creepy element that the others don’t, especially because she uses prior victims to lure in new victims, and there’s something so disturbing about that. She really reminds me of Medusa. The way she stitches and injects them is so creepy.