Jeffrey Tambor, who plays twin brothers George and Oscar Bluth on Arrested Development participated in a reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) today, discussing the show, among other things.
Arrested Development, of course, is due to return as a Netflix-exclusive series later this month, and fans are champing at the bit to see what the long-anticipated fourth season has in store.
Tambor, of course, fielded many questions about the show. Following are some highlights. If you’re not familiar with the show, you might as well stop reading now, because much of the discussion requires you to be.
When asked about his favorite running theme/joke from the show, he responded, “There’s always money in the banana stand.”
One user asked how the famous chicken dance performed by numerous cast members on the show came about, to which he responded, “I never knew about it until I was asked to do it. And when I’m asked to do it, I do it very badly. I’m the worst chicken dancer of the cast.”
When asked whether he likes playing George or Oscar more, he said, “One side of my brain likes Oscar. One side of my brain likes George.”
When asked if Judy Greer (Kitty) ever flashed him in real life, he responded, “No. And that’s a problem.”
Tambor said it only took about five minutes for the cast to slip back into the AD roles once they started shooting again. “We’re all so used to each other. Our first scenes, we just slipped into it naturally,” he said. “They’re all very fine actors.”
In response to another question, he noted that very little of the dialogue on the show is ad-libbed, and that the writing is just that good.
Of course, he was asked about the long-rumored Arrested Development movie, to which he responded, “I think the new season will promote a great amount of popularity, which will help a movie come into existence.”
On his favorite AD guest star, Tambor said, “They were all great, but Henry Winkler is a close friend of mine, and I was so glad to have him aboard.”
On getting the news that the show would be canceled: “I was sad. I wasn’t surprised, I think we all saw it coming.”
On the most exciting thing about the upcoming season: “It’s new format. The fact that we’re doing 15 all at once, and each character gets to tell his story. We’re the little engine that could, and we came back.”
On his favorite episode: “Gosh, I would have to say that the entire fourth season. I’m just so happy to be back.”
Hopefully us fans will agree.
Tambor was joined by the co-creators of Onion News Empire, so if you’re interested in that too, check out the thread.
Now watch this recent interview with Lucille Bluth.