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Episode 338: Nerdist Podcast
William Fichtner
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Nerdist Podcast: William Fichtner

The extremely talented William Fichtner sits down with Chris and Matt to talk about the lessons he has learned from being an actor, his admiration of cars and racing, and his new movie Wrong!

See William in Wrong, in theaters March 29th!

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  1. Ryan Finn says:

    his sons go to Becket, i feel that “cool-by-association” cool

  2. Vinnie says:

    Need more podcasts with guys like Fichtner and Offerman… Great non-pretentious salt of the earth guys with great stories and has personality

  3. ryan says:

    The pinball machine he’s most-likely referring to is a 1972 Bally game called “Fireball,” which was the first machine with a spinning disc. They re-released it in solid-state form in the early 80s as Fireball Classic. Another commenter said, “Cyclone” which has a ferris wheel, but its not the type of spinning disc he’s referring to. Other games with spinning discs: Twin Win, Whirlwind, the Apollo 13 prototype, Twister, and the very recent X-Men machine from Stern. They made alot of Fireball machines, so Fichtner can find one pretty easily and affordably.

  4. Trey says:

    The stories about multiple bands playing at a festival reminds me of a story I heard about Queen at Live Aid.. Their sound guy Trip Khalaf was running the sound for the whole event and he turned off all the sound limiters when they went on the stage.. that’s one of the reasons they had a more powerful performance than everyone else at that show..

  5. SkyCaptain says:

    Hour long interview and nobody asked him about the Dark Knight? For shame.

  6. Ashlee says:

    D’awwwww….Chris has been in LA since I was born!!! (How’d that make ya feel? Old? OLD?! hehe)
    Also, Fichtner is much loved in many of my favorite movies, but none more than my ALL-TIME fave: Equilibrium.

  7. bastien says:

    Someone needs to get William Fichtner an Xbox 360, a copy of Forza 4, and a wireless racing wheel.

  8. s1yfox says:

    I love the sun, but I HATE when it gets super hot! how is that even enjoyable? But I digress, being a movie deprived kid in in the 90’s, I’ve mainly known this man from his fantastic job as Mr. Ken Rosenberg in Vice City! I think it’s amazing that anyone involved with Vice City had no way of knowing how amazing and astronomical of a leap the game was for its time! Stretching the boundaries of cussing, of exploration, of activities, The voice work, the story, etc!

    …yes, I fangasmed.

  9. Taylor M. says:

    Hey Chris, if you really want to figure out what about NASCAR is so interesting, check out Richard Hammond’s segment about it. I believe it is on the second episode in the 18th series of Top Gear. Netflix that shit.

  10. monoaction says:

    Fellow Maryvale High School alumni from Frozen Buffalo! Great episode.

  11. Cal says:

    You and your Californian blue skies. Here in Michigan, we haven’t seen the sun since September.

  12. dawnmackay says:

    Loved this episode!!!

  13. fuzzyape says:

    Nascar is famous and popular. But open wheel is where it’s at. Find someone to talk about F1. That’s racing!

  14. amysrevenge says:

    Guest: It’s like the difference between the Major Leagues and Triple A ball.”

    Chris: “Yeah.”


  15. NeuroMan42 says:

    Amway products!!!

  16. bastien says:

    If you haven’t seen his interview on PFT’s Speakeasy, I suggest you do. He was a delight. And Paul says “Rubbin’ is racin’.”

  17. Three Toes of Fury says:

    “I believe whatever doesnt kill you simply makes you…..nerdier”.

    “Wanna know how i got these scars?…my dungeon master was a drinker…one campaign things got a little CRAZY…and he threw a particularly sharp 20 sided die at my face…”

  18. Kevin says:


    Elton John in 1973??!!

    God-damn it, William Fichtner.

  19. Wildride says:

    Probably my favourite pinball of all time is Banzai Run. Just the idea of the second vertical play surface on the backglass is awesome. I’ve had two pinball machines in the past: Firepower and Alien Poker.