Eli­jah Wood

Empire (UK) - - COMIC CON -

What brings you here? Dirk Gen­tly’s Holis­tic De­tec­tive Agency. We’re in the mid­dle of the new sea­son and re­sume shoot­ing on Mon­day. There are a lot of Dou­glas Adams devo­tees around so we had a built-in au­di­ence, in that re­gard, but I think peo­ple re­ally fell in love with the show in its own right, which is great. It’s a crazy show — funny but gritty and in­tense — and it gets even weirder in the sec­ond sea­son.

Which of your char­ac­ters is big­gest at Comic-con? I mean, it would be Frodo Bag­gins. I haven’t ac­tu­ally been out amongst any­thing so far, so I’ve not seen any cos­play at all, but I’ve seen my fair share of Hob­bit cos­tumes. What I’m start­ing to see over the last few years are Wirt and Greg from Over The Gar­den Wall. It’s a re­ally beau­ti­ful an­i­mated mini-se­ries that I did on Cartoon Net­work. And I see a lot of peo­ple dressed up as those char­ac­ters, which is kinda cool.

What’s the weird­est ex­pe­ri­ence you’ve had here? The very first time I came to Comic-con, I went to this very strange lit­tle cos­tume ball with a cou­ple of the Lord Of The Rings ac­tors. It didn’t re­ally rep­re­sent the typ­i­cal cos­play of ComicCon. It was kind of its own thing. In my mind it was slightly fetishis­tic, but not in a weird, dark way. It wasn’t Eyes Wide Shut. We were only there for an hour or so. It’s a vague mem­ory now, which is won­der­ful. It’s like, “Was that a fever dream? Did that hap­pen?”

If you were cos­play­ing here, who would you dress as? A cou­ple of years ago I walked the floor in a Michael My­ers from Hal­loween mask. I man­aged to stay un­der­cover that time, but my first at­tempt to dis­guise my­self at Comic-con was re­ally poor. It was just a mask that cov­ered my eyes and peo­ple started to work it out. But if I was go­ing to cos­play, I think I’d go as Rorschach from Watch­men.

De­scribe Comic-con in three words. Wait­ing. Sweaty. Ec­static.


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