Elijah Wood has a rather iconic face in the film industry. In fact, it’s not a stretch of the imagination to think that his face is possibly the best way to describe an innocent character who seems to be way in over his head, much like his role as Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings. As a child, he was fawned over by the media and was noted for his looks that just made you want to cuddle him and tell him that everything will be okay. That is, of course, until you find out what else he’s been up to.
Anyway, as mentioned above, we’ve seen plenty of the young (or not-so-young as it turns out) Elijah Wood in quite a number of films as it is. Usually though, we can easily identify him as the often innocent character of a given program or movie that you just want to hug and say that everything will be alright. That is of course, until you find out what he’s been up to. Well, let’s just take a look at the good man’s career and see for yourself what I’m actually talking about, shall we?
Well, Elijah Wood got his start starring in various advertisements on TV and then moved on to being featured in various TV series like Child in the Night. However, he would later appear in small roles in various other films like Back to the Future and Internal Affairs that would later serve to boost his career in the film industry.
Later on, in 1993, Elijah Wood appear in the film The Good Son alongside Home Alone superstar Macaulay Culkin. In this psychological horror film Elijah Wood plays the role of Mark Evans, a boy who had recently lost his mother and is being raised with his aunt. However, he soon learns that his cousin Henry is a dangerous psychotic who slowly becomes more and more dangerous over time.
Then finally, we get to see Elijah Wood’s career really bloom when he stars in Lord of the Rings in 2001-2003. Cast in the role of the (relatively) young hobbit Frodo Baggins, he is thrust into an adventure of epic proportions as he must now rid the world of the One Ring, a powerful artifact that could very well enslave all of Middle Earth.
And now, much to the surprise of many, Elijah Wood starred in the film Maniac in 2012-2013 which is a remake of the film of the same name in 1980. In a rather bizarre reversal of roles, this time it is Elijah Wood who plays the role of a psychotic killer who scalps female victims and attaches his gruesome trophies atop the heads of his mannequins at home.