Wood always gets my attention on screen. He's got those soulful eyes and a talent for playing a male-for-male intimacy that isn't sexual in a story. Let's face it -- his Lord of the Rings adventures as Frodo were ripe with bromance. On TV, I loved Wood in the surreal sitcom Wilfred. He played the often whiny manic depressive who sees his neighbor's randy dog as a big uninhibited guy in a dog suit. Lots of wacky homoerotic overtones in that series. Wood played clueless and closeted dork so very well.
Remember the 1982 comedy movie, My Favorite Year? Peter O'Toole starred as a top action movie Hollywood star making an appearance on a live TV comedy show. In a way, that 1982 comedy and this drama have the same blueprint. A larger-than-life celebrity is recruited to make a personal appearance. His main handler is a big fan whose life will be disrupted when he, instead of being just a handler, must be more like babysitter and nursemaid to the hard-drinking and irresponsible -- and charming -- celebrity. Their short time together will be an unforgettable experience.
Subtle and stirring, Set Fire To The Stars boasts sterling performances from Elijah Wood and Celyn Jones. The foreign film opens here in the U.S. on June 12th.