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My name is Alan Tudyk (pronounced Tyoo Dik). I am a Pieces, I love long walks in the mountains and short walks on the beach. I like medium length walks in fields of grain but medium short to medium-long walks among tuberous crops like potato’s or beets and sometimes carrots. I prefer sprints in bear infested forests and have written off chickens as stupid. My band’s name is Hot Gazpacho. I am currently seeking a replacement drummer, a lead guitarist, a base player, a lead singer, a few backup singers, instruments and a musical style loved by all.
Why did all those college kids keep killing themselves on your land?
rewatch it. mainly they are stupid. they followed a killers instructions mainly. also stupid.
Alan, thank you for all the work you've done, ranging from Firefly, to Tucker and Dale, Dodgeball, Moana, etc etc.
I was wondering which voice acting role you found the most challenging in your career?
wish I knew. They all have their own challenges. Disney is really relaxed though so they are supportive of everything I do. Feels like that anyway. Con MAn. season one maybe. We walked a thin line with the stereotypical Vo roles. It was meant to be perceived as racist so I really had to push it to make the comedy work. It is one of my favorite episodes.
Was going to Julliard worth it?
Absolutely. All my accents have benefitted from their dogged pursuit of vocal perfection. Hated it while I was doing it but have used it throughout my career.
Which bawk was your favorite bawk to bawk when you were bawking for Moana?
the middle one. The one right int he middle
Alan, congratuations on your (and Mindy's) Emmy nomination! I'm pulling for you both. There's a line in Con Man about reddit. My question is, do you browse reddit on a regular basis? If so, what always gets Alan Tudyk's upvote?
I don't Reddit so much. I am always distracted by newsie things. That is a deep hole to travel down.
When was the last time you felt like a leaf on the wind? Also your acting in tucker and dale kills me. Bang up job, you're one of my favorites.
when I was nominated for the Emmy. It required a mantra to calm me down.
Hi Alan! Thanks for doing this. My question is, what was your favorite voice acting role and why?
...Also we share the same birthday and I think that's pretty cool.
March 16th! very auspicious if I do say so mine self. King Candy was my favorite. They really let me play and the character had a hell of an arc.
Please provide your views on Velveeta.
PS You did a very nice job on Rogue One.
Thanks on Rogue. Velveeta too velvety for me. I like a polyester cheese sometimes wool.
Alan, if you could green light any personal passion project, what would it be? And whom would you work with?
I have to get back to you on that. I am about to do a play on Broadway written by Steve Martin. That feels like it.
I know you have been a fan Halo. Any plans on playing Destiny 2? Bonus points for playing in a group with Nathan, Nolan, and Gina.
No. If they call I will come.
Hi. What would be your dream film project?
Serenity .05 - they early years where e everyone looks older
kittens or puppies and why?
puppies. I have two and they rule. me. they rule me.
Steve the pirate will forever be a legend, but my question is would you rather have teeth for pubes or pubes for teeth?
Did anyone explicitly ask you to reprise your role as K-2SO when directing you on The Tick as the rogue boat companion of Overkill?
I got a very similar vibe from both roles.
me too. it wasn't till I watched it. they are very different in my head. I got to improve more in Rogue. The Tick is tighter on lines. I am voicing over after hey have already shot the scene. There isn't any reason to MoCap so I am not there when they film to add my two cents.
Hi Alan, I know this subject is beyond beating a dead horse but is there anything Firefly-related for you in the future (as in prequel related)?
I hope for a prequel but animated. That is doable and can be good.
How did you get into character for your roles in Moana?
I lived in a chicken coop fro a month learning the ways of the chicken.
I always wanted to know how to properly pronounce your name. Thanks! Do you get that a lot?
yes. it's not a common name
Hi. I was wondering what some of your toughest challenges were working on Con Man as a writer, director and actor simultaneously for the first time?
And congrats on your Emmy nomination-it's a brilliant show and well deserved by such an under appreciated actor.
Thank you. The toughest challenge was doing all those jobs at once. It took up every inch of my brain. I was like a broken robot that could only compute one thing. It changed my life. In a good way. I am so aware of peoples contribution to any project. Cut, crew, crafty, transpo etc....
Hi Alan! I'm curious, what is your go-to comfort food?
Heyyyy...that's me. Thanks for the shout-out :)
Thank you for supporting Con Man from the beginning. I love you more than other people for that. I just do.
My daughter wants to be Moana for Halloween and her little brother wants to be Hei Hei. What tips can you give him to get into character?
I can tell him not to eat rocks. Learn to send his eyes in opposite directions
I'm excited for the Con Man marathon this Saturday night on Syfy. The gospel of Wray Nerely needs to be spread. Since they're just showing season 1, do you know yet if season 2 will be another marathon? Or are there plans for both seasons to air on a weekly basis?
Yes, season 2 marathon is in October right before NYC Comicon. I am not in control if when it is shown and how much is shown - which is actually a good thing since it would probably preempt every show on SyFy upsetting a larger percentage of SyFy fans
I love Death at a Funeral. What was it like being directed by Yoda? Also, how did you end up getting cast in a primarily British film? (You were awesome, btw)
I sent in an audition. Frank Oz championed me. It wasn't easy. One the best jobs I have ever had.
Who would win in a fight: Sean Astin or Nathan Fillion?
Fillion. He has the reach and size advantage. It would be a blood bath or a puss shower
Long time listener, first time caller.
What do you look for in a script when considering a part? Which character would you most like to play again?
Wash. Wray Nerely. It's a toss up for obvious reasons. I like writing and directing. Wash because he's Wash.
What is the longest amount of time you have spent on a set to get a seemingly inconsequential shot?
The obstacle course in season two. It was expensive and took TIME to build. We shot half of what we had to play with. Wah wah
Hi Alan! My son Zander and daughter Kaeli are big fans. Would you mind saying hello to them? It would really make their day!
Hello you two. Your names remind me of a couple of characters I know. Have a great day.
Do you enjoy watching movies with yourself in them, or have you given up on watching any movies ever?
Nah. I will with my wife if she hasn't seen it. Sometimes I turn on HBO or sorting and one is running and I will stay on it to watch. Firefly is the exception. I am not watching me I am watching the show. SO cool.
What instrument do you play for Hot Gazpacho?
Guitar but poorly so I need two to three guitars to drown out my chord heavy strumming.
Loved you in Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. Can you share any interesting stories in the making of that seminal film?
the seminal part was unforgettable.
Big fan of Stangers with Candy,
How was your experience working with Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert.. ect?
Thank you Father!
I learned so much. I knew Amy from a few plays we did together back in the day. Colbert was always intimidating to me. He is so damned impressive. Amy too but Amy is Amy. I knew her ahead of time.
You're a pieces?
Did I spell it wrong? I am fish.
Hi Alan, I wanted to tell you that you absolutely made the Dallas Fan Expo worth it for me. I wasn't that excited to go honestly, was more supporting my friend, and I had heard Saturday was an absolute crowded mess. I went Sunday and accompanied my friend in line for her to get your autograph and you were just so kind and friendly. I didn't want to take up your time because I didn't even pay for anything, I was just standing there, but you still talked to both of us and were incredibly nice, we talked about the Firefly board game and such. I was disappointed when we couldn't get in to the packed Mark Hamill/Kevin Conroy Q&A, but making it to your Q&A made me not mind so much. You were hilarious and really good with the audience, just made the entire day and ticket price worth it.
How do you keep your energy up at conventions like that? Three manic days, going to events at the con, maybe seeing friends and family while you're in your hometown area... I would be grouchy as hell and really not into talking to long lines of people. How do you maintain a positive attitude like that and keep so engaged with fans?
I learned form the best. Nathan Fillion. Also it helps to be genuinely happy to meet people. I hear great stories. Fans have changed my life for the better. There is a natural appreciation that comes with that.
Hi Alan, huge fan here!
What is your biggest fear?
Nothing. I fear nothing. Not even death. You hear me God. Do your worst. Ha ha ha ha! I laugh in your undefinable face! I am most afraid of repercussions of what I have just written
Hi Alan! Phenomenally huge fan. Got any tips on widening my character voice repertoire?
I found my way in through theater. The roles tending to be varied and with a long run I was able to perfect accents and the like.
T-Rex. He's such a dick it's funny.
Whats the funniest "oh shit, I fucked up" thing that's ever happened to you in your career?
when I set out to write all episode son season one of Con Man and Direct all epodes of season one of Con Man, also when I set out to produce all episodes of Con Man and when I set out to act as the lead of all episodes of season one of Con Man simultaneously.
Hi! What was your experience like working with Shia LaBeouf and the other actors on Transformers: Dark of the Moon?
We got along. I had a blest on that. I know there are crazy stories about many of the people on that movie but my experience was lovely.
What things can a director do to make an actor's job easier? On the other end, what can a director do to make your life more difficult on-set or in pre-production?
On Con Man I found that in all areas of production it was best to collaborate not to dictate. Except with budget people. Their job is to dictate to you. With them I pushed back. Also have fun. Have fun pushing back on the $ guys.
Do you feel like your life closely resembles Wray Neerly? I would like to think you're a bit more popular than that lol. I loved the short stint you did on Arrested Development. And of course Firefly and Tucker and Dale.
My career is much better than Wray Nerely's. I did a small role in Rogue One as a Emperial pilot. It was one scene. They were going to credit me as Wray Nerely. The scene was cut - that is a total Wray Nerely career turn. He gets in one of the best sc-fi franchises of all time and he gets cut.
Any chance we can hear your velvety voice in Wreck It Ralph Two?
they have stated I am their lucky charm. I won't argue. Why would I? So it could be likely.
Any plans for Con Man Season 3 yet? Or is it a wait-and-see thing with Syfy? The season 2 cliffhanger got me right in the feels.
Season three I think depends on the response of seasons one and two. If a ton of people tune in and also watch on the SyFy website it should be a green light.
Alan! Do you have any other pet projects coming down the pipeline? Also, was Amy Acker the first choice for Dawn? Any basis in reality there?
Yes. absolutely. Amy Acker is one of the best actresses working today. I am sorry to skip some questions I am trying to get all the con man questions. I'll come back for some.
Why do I cry every time I hear the phrase, "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar"?
because Joss is a brilliant writer and has a lot of practice killing your favorite characters.
Have you fonged anyone lately?
I can't afford the jail time.
What is your favourite TV guest appearance you've made?
My favorite guest appearance on Con Man was Stan Lee. I mean come on how cool is that. For me, it has yet to come out I filmed it two weeks ago.
Hi Alan, did you get the inspiration for Hot Gazpacho from your medium-long walks among potatoes and beets?
Try it. You will see.
We know lots of stuff was shot for Rouge One and not used, any scenes you wish had been included?
seriously no. the re-writes were amazing. in the original I never got a gun. I begged for it. it was meant to be.
Who was your favorite character to voice and why was it Hei Hei?
It was a specific silly challenge. It was ridiculously fun
Helloo, so what is the thing most people say who recognize you, so I can avoid it if I should ever get so lucky? "Hey, aren't you the dude from firefly?" And what would you prefer? Gimme some tips for the least-annoyance factor please.
Say Con Man. I will love you more.
What would be the title of Hot Gazpacho's hit song?
Please clear this up for me: are you British-American or American-British or Intergalactic-Chinois?
If you could instantly become a master at any skill, trade or discipline, what would that be?
Piano. Oh the music I could make.