Brandon "Bug" Hall is an American actor.
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Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Bug Hall started his career as an actor in the role of Alfalfa in 1994's The Little Rascals. Since then, Hall has had roles in numerous film and television productions, including Masters of Sex, Castle, and Revolution. He can be seen next in the film The Long Run. Bug plays the lead role of Arthur Davidson in 3-part mini-series Harley and the Davidsons premiering Monday, Sept. 5 on the Discovery Channel.
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What's your favorite memory from making The Little Rascals?
All the stuff at the clubhouse was a blast. They actually built the thing on a hill overlooking the Dodger Stadium. As a kid it seemed so grand and magical.
The Little Rascals is still one of my favorite movies. I remember the first time I found out that the director also directed Waynes World, and although my mind was blown temporarily... it also made a lot of sense. Both movies have a wonderful sense of comedic timing and framing and ugh, just such a joy to watch.
Do you have any memories of meeting the celebrities who made cameos in The Little Rascals? Does it frighten you that our next president might be someone who did?
Penelope is a genius director. I was pretty spoiled as an actor to get to work with her on my first project. Waynes World is one of my all time favs! The cameos in Rascals were all great. Hopefully I'll get an invite to Whitehouse ;)
How did you get involved with Discovery Channel and this Harley and the Davidsons show?
I grew up on bikes, and spent most of my late teens and early twenties riding all over America. When I heard about the show, I knew it was something I wanted to be part of. I basically begged ;)
It's nice to see you've stayed active in acting since Little Rascals -- do people still recognize you on the street as Alfalfa? Do you stay in touch with any of your costars?
The kid who played Porky (Zac) is one of my best friends. He'll be a groomsman in my upcoming wedding. We get recognized more when were together, but I'm usually rocking a big beard, so it's not common anymore.
What the hell happend to that awesome Fitzpatrick shaming beard?
Had to lose it for work, but it'll be back... it always comes back.
How did you get ready for the role? And was this filmed in Milwaukee?
I started with getting as familiar as possible with the script, and then dove into researching Arthur. I really loved him the more I learned. We did a lot of mechanic work, and riding. Just really spent a couple months soaking up everything "Harley-Davidson". We spent a lot of time in Milwaukee during development, but filmed in Romania. There just wasn't anywhere in the States that still looked like the turn of the century. We have been so successful as a country that shooting period stuff here becomes difficult.
What bikes are currently in your stable?
I've got a Sportster back home in Texas, and spent a lot of years on Beemers. My R1200C was my fav. I recently gave up riding though when I preposed to my fiance. It was her first ride, and my last. Seemed fitting.
Filmed in Romania? How was the food?
Very Romanian :]
It was actually very similar to the stuff I grew up on, Meat and potatoes... lots of meat and potatoes.
I'm in the market for a new motorcycle to replace my current one. Should I get a Triumph Bonneville or a Honda CB1100?
Oh that's tough! Do you want it as is? What do you want it for? The bonnie is a great bike for commuting, and it's a tone of fun. The CBs have always been some of my favs! The old CBs make for great cafe racers :]
Basically, Commuting = Bonnie
Edit: Check out the Thruxton too. Had one that was a BLAST to ride!
Zipping and pleasure = CB
I sure hope you get paid extra for work then!
I should start requesting a beard-bump if I have to shave .
Where'd "Bug" come from?
It was a nickname pretty much from birth. My mom introduced me in kindergarden as "Brandon" my legal name. I freaked out because I had never heard that name before. Everybody had to explain to me that it had actually always been my name. I refused and kept Bug.
What are some of your favorite films?
Oh man what a tough question to answer! My fav when I was kid was Cool Hand Luke. I love Paul Newman. I think if there was some math equation to define the greatest film of all time, it would be Forrest Gump. Lately, I've been spending a lot of time with P T Anderson.
What did you have for breakfast?
Moutain Dew and a burrito.
Did you ever have a "real" crush on Darla (Brittany Holmes) while filming or after filming? At such a young age and with the connection you had in the movie I feel like there was a real chance of young love.
Haha, thanks for having the AMA!
Thanks for spending time with me! No, we never had any kind of crush going on. The age gap was really big at that age. just a couple years seems like a lifetime when your young.
Have you been approached by any celebrity "reality" shows, ie DWTS etc?
I'm too busy for any of that, but I definitely have my guilty reality pleasure :]
How about your other leads from Game of Thrones - did they spill any spoilers?
No! Ugh! They were so tight lipped. They couldn't even talk to each other about it! Best co-actors to work with though. I freakin love those guys!
Did you read much on the character? I didn't see a lot on the history of Arthur Davidson. What did you do to learn more? Do you ride btw?
I ride a ton! Spent most of my life on bike! I did read a lot about Arthur. I love how charming he was. He could sell anything, but he also had strong sense of justice and fairness. Really cool to see that dichotomy.
Do you regret not creating r/UnexpectedBugLife?
Ha that is awesome!
Hey Bug --
Do you have a favorite saint? I recently followed your insta and saw that you are Catholic; have you always been, or are you a convert?
Love from a sister in the Body of Christ!
St Moses the Strong is my patron. No fav though. Just too many great stories to pick one.
Ideal first date?
That would depend on the person I was taking out.