Alan Tudyk exchanges questions and gives parting gifts at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014
Alan Tudyk flipped the tables on Salt Lake Comic Con goers. He asked those with questions to come up three at a time, and then he asked them a question after which they were allowed to ask him a question. When the interaction was over, Tudyk opened up a bag of random stuff and gave it to the person. Some people received hats or T-shirts, which Tudyk autographed. One person received a voice recorder, on which Tudyk recorded a message; another received the Beastie Boys Anthology.
SPOILER ALERT: Wash dies.
“I think Nathan Fillion says it best when he says ‘still funny,’” says Alan Tudyk.
“You know what I realized?” asked Tudyk. “A leaf on the wind is dead.
Tucker and Dale vs Evil
When he was on the set of Tucker and Dale, he read an acting book. He enjoyed the first part and started implementing some of the ideas in the book, but about halfway through, he decided that he didn’t believe in any of it anymore. So he decided to stop acting as the book described that an actor should, but he couldn’t remember how he acted before he read the book.
He had to muddle through a couple of days on the set until it came back.
“As actors, you appreciate acting – that’s pretty profound,’ says Tudyk surprised at what he has just said. “I was always a huge fan of Gene Wilder growing up.”
“He works on a different frequency,” says Tudyk. “His hysteria is always right there.” Alan Arkin is another person who is always on the verge of yelling.
On his inspiration outside of family
“There was this guy named ‘Earl Hyman.’ He was the grandfather on The Cosby Show,” says Tudyk. “I was his driver.” Tudyk was 19 at the time. “He and I became buddies.”
Hyman saw Tudyk perform and told Tudyk that he didn’t have what it took to be an actor.
“We argued for two days,” says Tudyk. Finally Hyman says that if he couldn’t keep Tudyk from acting, ‘I will teach you everything I know before I leave.”
“I just read the script a lot,” says Tudyk about how he prepares.
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