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Interview: Alan Tudyk Talks NEWSREADERS, Why He’d Be the Perfect Aquaman, and More

This week saw the return of Newsreaders on Adult Swim with an all new host. Reagan Biscayne as played by Alan Tudyk will be leading the charge this season and earlier this week we shared with you the inside information on the latest addition to the news team. We sat down with Tudyk earlier this year to talk about working with Joss Whedon, a potential follow up to Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, and the superhero that he most wants to play.

Tudyk is known for a lot of very funny roles that sometimes require him to be broader and more over-the-top than we will see in Newsreaders. Does Tudyk approach this type of comedy differently? Tudyk said yes and elaborated: “The style of this, a lot of times the funniest thing is just to be as real as possible, you’re the straight man. And there’s a gravity that works sometimes where its just more of that newscaster talk and then other times when the real person shows through is where the real comedy works, the human comedy comes out and is caught up in the situation, the emotion of the situation.”

After working with directors Paul Scheer and David Wain this season on Newsreaders, what else does Tudyk have coming up? Of course I had to ask if he had any plans to work with his Firefly and Serenity friend, Joss Whedon, again anytime soon. Tudyk confessed, “He keeps asking me and I keep saying no. He’s like, ‘Alan, the last movie did so well!’ And I’m like, ‘Get outta here!'” Tudyk did reveal the superhero he’d like to play on the big screen. “I would love to be Aquaman – that’d be my DC place – but only if Aquaman stinks like fish and people don’t like to be around him and the way he kills people is by drowning them. He just grabs them and hauls them into the water and just keeps with it until they’re dead so he, like, one at a time kills people. That’s the threat. That’s what I hope. This is the place to say it, on Nerdist, the right ears will be listening that maybe we could get a campaign going for stinky Aquaman who could drown people.” Sorry, Jason Momoa, but that is a DC movie I would definitely like to see!

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“I would love to work with Joss Whedon again,” said Tudyk. “I’d love to work with Jed Whedon on S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s great but I don’t have any plans. I did a stint on Dollhouse and prior to my stint on Dollhouse, I had no plans to be working with Joss Whedon until he said, ‘Hey, do you want to do this?’ When he calls, I’ll pick up the phone and that’s how that works.”

What about a long-rumored and eagerly awaited sequel to the 2010 cult favorite Tucker & Dale vs. Evil? Tudyk says, while he’d love to do more, right now, there’s nothing in the works. “There was a sequel that was getting close and something happened. I don’t know what happened. It had to do with producer-y things. I don’t know. It’s the worst producer-y stuff, but Tyler Labine and I really want to work together and he’s starting to make movies himself and he says he’s determined for us to work [together again]. He had a script even where we would have worked together as brothers in kind of a two-hander for a good portion of it [the upcoming Mountain Men with Labine and Chace Crawford] but it was a drama and all I could see was us as Tucker and Dale. Like, I break my leg and it’s funnier because we get stranded in the wilderness and I’m like, ‘That’s great, I’ll lose a toe!’ So I said that’s probably not the one that we should do and he agreed and we’re going to do something else.”

Newsreaders, is back with all new episodes on Adult Swim Wednesdays at Midnight.

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