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Alan Tudyk On Alan Tudyk
On his new film, Tucker & Dale Vs Evil, Transformers, Serenity, and more

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Everybody loves Alan Tudyk, even if they don’t quite know who he is. The star of this week’s Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil has appeared in everything from Serenity to 28 Days, from I, Robot (he was the robot) to Transformers 3 (he was the “humorous” supporting character who actually was). He’s hard at work on the other side of the Atlantic right now, but we got hold of him on the phone to ask about his new redneck horror comedy and catch up on some career highlights to date…

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Alan Tudyk On Alan Tudyk | …On the origins of Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil
…On the origins of Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil

When I first read it, I remember getting the idea that it’s gonna be a misunderstanding, that the college kids are gonna think that Tucker and Dale are these bad guys and they aren’t. And my first thought was there’s no way to maintain this; yeah, it’s funny but there’s no way they’re gonna be able to make this work. Then when the first kid died I was like, “Well, that’s really interesting, the stakes are high.” It seemed like every time I got to a place where doubt crept in and I’d say, “Nope, cops would show up, this is too unreal now and silly”, the cops did show up and it added even more humour.

By the time I was done, I got on the phone with Eli Craig, who wrote and directed it. The main thing I wanted was to be on the same page with him as far as how it was to be played. Was it going to be a Scary Movie-type comedy where everybody’s winking at the camera? Or was it going be two guys going through something absolutely ridiculous and responding to ridiculous things? That’s where the humour comes from, trying to be as real as possible. I went to Canada a few days later and got to work.

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Hampstead Bandit, we could comment until we cry ourselves to sleep at the personal injury that was the cancellation of Firefly. :(( Damn Fox to HELL! More

Posted by joe4560 on Saturday October 15, 2011, 19:57

2 "I am a leaf on the wind - watch how I soar"
Most importantly, Mr Tudyk does get to come out with one of the greatest lines in geekdom history. Just what does that mean?! God, I loved Firefly/Serenity; the greatest TV show that never was. More

Posted by HamTheMan on Thursday October 6, 2011, 13:05

3 Knocked Up
"Tighten." (while wincing, doing a "tighten" gesture with both hands) More

Posted by teacher_guy on Sunday October 2, 2011, 00:52

4 Strangers With Candy
One of his best rolls to date was on the two-part episode of Strangers With Candy as a cult leader. He was absolutely hilarious. He had some of the best dialogue. More

Posted by cwhorn on Friday September 30, 2011, 08:38

5 Firefly?
how come no comments about the sublime TV show "Firefly" (which led to the movie Serenity after massive fan protests at the cancellation of the TV show after barely a season) Firefly has just been released on HD Blu-Ray, a comment from the good Mr. Tudyk would have been fantastic good article otherwise.... More

Posted by hampstead bandit on Saturday September 24, 2011, 21:08

6 Huh!
No mention of Pirate Steve in Dodgeball?? More

Posted by stevos on Saturday September 24, 2011, 00:58

7 Tudyk for Hulk!
Alan Tudyk is a genius. He should so play Bruce Banner, as long as they go back to the "don't make him angry" as opposed to "don't let his heart rate get too high" What was that all about? I'm fairly certain that for people who aren't sicko's rage and sexual excitement aren't usually connected..... Anyway, the moment when he changes from a hippy environmentalist architect to a serial killer in Dollhouse with absolutely nothing but a change in posture and facial expression is amazing. He even manages to make his clothes seem to change from pyjamas to a serious outfit. More

Posted by bobsuncorp on Friday September 23, 2011, 20:24

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