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Elijah Wood: 'I was naive about Wilfred'

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Elijah Wood arriving at the premiere of 'Wlifred and Louie' in Los Angeles

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Elijah Wood has confessed that he signed up to his new sitcom Wilfred on the strength of the show's "unique and difficult to describe" content.

Wilfred sees Wood playing a depressed man named Ryan who begins to see his neighbour's pet Wilfred (Jason Gann) as a man in a dog costume.

Wood told AOL TV that he did not consider the seriousness of switching his focus from film to television, revealing that he was immediately taken in by the "extremely funny" nature of the material.

"I was sent the script for this incarnation, and attached to the script there was a reference to the fact that it was an adaptation of an Australian show. So I kind of immediately went onto YouTube to look up clips, which I thought were brilliant," Wood recalled.

"I thought, 'Man, if we do anything close to that, then this is going to be such an awesome show'. But yeah, never having done TV before, I think I was slightly naive and really just motivated purely by the content. It seemed so unique and difficult to describe and extremely funny... and extremely layered for a comedy."

However, Wood went on to say that he feels confident in his decision to take on a television series, adding: "The world of television has changed so much in the last five years - there are so many incredible actors, directors and writers who've moved to television, and it's really become a place for great storytelling."

Wood recently claimed that there are "dark motives" under the show's surface that will be explored throughout the series.

Wilfred will premiere in the US tonight at 10pm on FX and will later air on BBC Three in the UK.

Watch a trailer for Wilfred below:

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