Alan Tudyk: It Sucks Not Being Able to Come Back for the Firefly and Wreck-it Ralph Sequels
It was Ed Wynn for the win this Saturday at the Annies. As Suburgatory star Alan Tudyk – who used Wynn’s comic persona as the inspiration for his vocal performance as King Candy in Wreck-It Ralph – wound up beating out Adam Sandler and Jude Law for this year’s Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production award.
Mind you, what makes Tudyk’s King Candy win all the sweeter is that he wasn’t actually Walt Disney Animation Studio’s first choice to voice this character.
“There was another actor that they had originally wanted for King Candy. But due to scheduling conflicts, he couldn’t make it to the first reading of this script back in April of 2010,” Alan recalled during a recent phone interview. “That’s when my agent Britney began insisting that I be allowed to fill in for this guy, saying ‘Wait ’til you hear what Alan can do with this part.’”
And Tudyk’s agent aggressively going to bat for him must have worked. Next thing you know, he found himself on a flight to San Francisco with Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch, where they then got a tour of the Pixar Animation Studios campus.
“I’m a big ol’ nerd when it comes to animation. So getting the chance to go behind-the-scenes at Pixar, touring the offices there as well as getting to see scenes from Toy Story 3 months before that movie was released to theaters, that was honestly more exciting for me than getting to take part in the initial reading of the Wreck-It Ralph script,” Tudyk said.
Alan Tudyk reveals what’s next for Noah Werner on ‘Suburgatory’
Alan Tudyk speaks to Hypable about what’s next for Noah on Suburgatory – and reveals some big relationship developments! Plus, will Fathers of Mass Destruction get an encore? Spoiler alert!
We have spoken to actor Alan Tudyk about a number of his projects, one of which wasSuburgatory, where he currently resides in the alternate, orange-tinted form of Noah Werner.
When asked what we can expect from Noah this year, Tudyk drops a bit of a bombshell on us: “I’m gonna leave my wife,” he reveals. “Let me tease that. I’m gonna go leave my wife.”
Wow! We might have seen it coming, considering that Noah and Jill (Gillian Vigman) don’t have the healthiest of relationships, but they did just have a baby, so this is sure to shake things up in the ‘burbs.
Tudyk also reveals that his upcoming arc will be very much about Carmen (Bunnie Rivera), whom he’s still upset about having been taken away from him. He and Dallas (Cheryl Hines) will be having some head-to-heads about the nanny, and we’re betting their altercations are going to be hilarious.
Jane Levy Joins ‘In A Dark Place’
Suburgatory star Jane Levy has signed up to play the lead in In A Dark Place. The film is a psychological thriller focused around a young American governess, played by Levy, who goes to London to take care of a doll. The family treats the doll like it was their son and expects the governess to take care of it as such. Gold Circle is financing the film with Bharat Nalluri to direct from a screenplay by Stacey Menear. Paul Brooks, Roy Lee and Jim Weddaa will produce. Scott Niemeyer and John Middleton will serve as the executive producers of In A Dark Place. Besides this new role and her role on the ABC sitcom, the actress is also going to be the lead in the upcoming Fede Alvarez-directed remake of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead.Jane Levy is repped by WME and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.
Ana Gasteyer Talks About Her Nightclub Act, A ‘Mean Girls’ Musical and More
These days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous “insiders.” After a while, it’s easy to forget that stars are real people. That’s why HuffPost Celebrity decided to launch its all-new #nofilter quick-fire question and answer series. Because how well do you know someone until they’ve shared their guiltiest pleasures?
You probably know Ana Gasteyer best from her wonderful six-season run on “Saturday Night Live,” during which time her uproarious impressions of Martha Stewart and Celine Dion made her one of the show’s most coveted performers. Since leaving “SNL” in 2002, Gasteyer has been here, there and everywhere, including gifting us with a reunion with former cast mates Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Tim Meadows in 2004′s “Mean Girls.” Now she has a starring role on the ABC comedy “Suburgatory” and is preparing to record her first music album, based on her nightclub act. But in the meantime, the 45-year-old mother of two took time to speak with HuffPost Celebrity about boycotting “American Idol,” lying to Lorne Michaels and whether an “SNL” appearance might be in the works this season.
What do you think of how “Suburgatory” is going? Are you pleased with its reception and the viewership it’s getting?
Of course I am. What’s not to love? Especially because there’s a craft to trying to get a job while being on a job you’re not embarrassed to be on. The show is hilariously written, so it’s been a true pleasure to beef up my résumé through that. As far as viewership goes, I kind of keep myself in a bubble about that stuff. I do live two completely separate lives, and that’s enhanced by the fact that I live in New York and travel to Los Angeles to film the show. So I tend not to think about “Suburgatory” when I’m not on the “Suburgatory” set. That’s the beauty of the five-day shooting schedule and half-hour episodes.
Clarion Ledger’s Article on Allie Grant
When Allie Grant was in the third grade at Church Street Elementary School in Tupelo, she became obsessed with the film “Rain Man.”
“I came to school as Rain Man,” she said, which prompted her teacher to call her mother out of concern.
“She said: ‘Angie, I don’t really know how to tell you this, but your daughter won’t respond to anything other than Rain Man. I don’t know what’s wrong with her. I don’t know how to explain it, but you need to come pick her up and make sure she comes back to school as Allie.’”
When her mom asked what was going on, Grant confessed she wanted to be an actor.
“She said, ‘Well, OK then. That’s what we’ll do.’”
Since then, the Tupelo native has landed two significant roles on cable and network television shows. She played Isabella Hodes on Showtimes’ “Weeds” for five seasons, and now she is a cast member of ABC’s “Suburgatory” playing the role of socially awkward teen Lisa Shay.
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Cheryl Hines Unleashes Her Wild Side on “Suburgatory”
Anyone who watched Curb Your Enthusiasm back in the day when Cheryl Hines played Larry David’s wife, will remember her as a grounding force in a chaotic world. She was always truly funny, but she tended not to be the wacky one in a given scenario.
That all changed when Cheryl joined the cast of Suburgatory. Now she plays Dallas Royce, the super-optimistic, extravagant but lovable woman next door. And anyone who knows her history as an actress, knows that she was well trained to tackle such an out there character.
In a recent exclusive interview, Cheryl recounted, “My experience is at The Groundlings Theater, where we created different characters and did sketch comedy. And sometimes the characters were outrageous, but they always came from a real place. So even working there, we had to create characters from the people that we knew.”
The 47-year-old star noted that it isn’t hard to find inspiration. “When you start looking at the people in your life, you probably know a few outrageous characters. And so you look at those people around you.”
She looks to her own mother for one source, “My mom is very Southern and she in real life says things like, ‘If you’ve got it, flaunt it.’” And she recalled another specific incident that she experienced, “I have a friend who did a modern dance presentation for the new harvest moon at her birthday party. And at the same time this person is a mother, she drops her kid off at carpool. So it’s just finding the different levels and aspects of real people.”