The Lowdown: Things You Never Knew About Alan Tudyk

August 12, 2009 by  
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Here at OTB Towers we tend to find the same name cropping up on our tea breaks and feature-length watercooler moments.

Alan Tudyk, with all his boyish charm, thick crop of yellow hair, and a name that suggests he has one to spare is the name on our lips, and after all he’s done for us, frankly it would be rude to not give him the Lowdown treatment.

So without further ado, and with the first series finale of Dollhouse finally reaching UK screens this week, enjoy 10 things you might not have known about the show’s main villain.

1. After his sci-fi series Firefly was cancelled in untimely fashion by (guess who) Fox, he threw a “We Don’t Work For Fox Anymore? party for the cast and crew.

2. His most prized possession is a 1964 Mustang he’s named “Old Sock?.

3. In preparation for playing empathetic robot “Sonny? on I, Robot, he studied dance and mime to accurately portray the machine’s programmed movements.

4. He certainly does like to be prepared. To get himself ready for the role of Steve the Pirate in Dodgeball he joined a group of pirate role players called the Rumrunners, spending a week on pirate camp. In the interest of putting in a convincing performance, you know?

5. He can be heard swearing in Chinese on Halo 3, quickly followed by “I wish I was someone else right now?, in a nod to his character “Wash? on Firefly. Also voicing marines on the game are fellow Firefly stars Adam Baldwin and Nathan Fillion.

6. In 1999 he appeared nude as Adam in The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, a stage retelling of the story of Adam and Eve in which Eve is Steve.

7. On his iPod: Band of Skulls, Anthrax, Black Keys…

8. He is from a “long line? of actors who left the prestigious New York performing arts school Juilliard in their third year (the others including Val Kilmer and Robin Williams).

9. His favourite film is Smokey and the Bandit.

10. He will appear in a new series called “V?, based on a miniseries from the 80s. The show is about lizard-like aliens invading the earth in human form, and is due to air some time next year.

Leonie Mercedes

Check out our review on the once elusive final episode of Dollhouse if this all tickles your fancy.