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"Jason Is So Much Like A Sister To Me"

by Wing Chun March 14, 2005
The Will Arnett Interview

WC: You can tell -- the cast, everybody just clicks so well.

WA: Immediately. And we all did immediately. When we did the network test that Monday morning, Tony Hale and I were both staying at the same hotel, and we were both testing, and Jessica Walter -- whom I'd actually done my first pilot with -- was also testing with us that morning. Jason and Portia were already cast, and the kids were there. Michael Cera was really a very hot commodity as a talented young guy.

WC: He's brilliant.

WA: Absolutely.

WC: There's a moment in ["Out On A Limb"] when they bring Ann over, and Lucille asks Ann to help her pray, and the gasp he lets out...it's so good.

WA: That kid is the funniest kid you'll ever meet. He really is. And such a nice kid.

WC: He's adorable.

WA: And you can't believe that he smokes that much pot.

WC: [laughs] Oh, it's scandalous!

WA: It's a joke, it's all jokes.

WC: Well, he's Canadian -- it's practically legal here now.

WA: That's right, that's right.

WC: Anyway, the table read.

WA: Well, when I tested, it was with all those other people, and they kind of did, like, a chemistry read to see how we all would do, and it was all about-- it ended up being changed in the pilot, but initially GOB had called a meeting to discuss Michael's problems, and what problem everybody had with Michael. So it was just this group of idiots, with GOB like, "All right, who wants to go first?" Lindsay says he's awful, and GOB says, "I agree. Now who's next?" And I was forced to kind of lead. And all of a sudden, everybody just kind of clicked into place. It was really quite amazing.

WC: Having been on so many other pilots, I'm sure it's especially awesome when that happens because it doesn't happen often.

WA: Most shows, you really have to force it. And everybody's nervous, and the network is nervous, and they've all got their notepads out, and they're all going to give notes on what they think is funny, and everybody's trying to spin their jokes, and this was so-- the script was so good that we didn't have to really do anything, and it made it so easy for us to do well.

WC: It really does come across to the viewer as being so organic, like you can't see the seams.

WA: It really is. And we all get along so well. I mean, it sounds so bogus, but it's true. David and I are kind of the New Yorkers who come out to work on the show, and his lady lives in New York and so does mine, so we spend a lot of time eating meals together out here in Venice, like temporary bachelor dudes. And Jason and I really have become like brothers.

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"Jason Is So Much Like A Sister To Me"

by Wing Chun March 14, 2005
The Will Arnett Interview

WC: You can tell -- the cast, everybody just clicks so well.

WA: Immediately. And we all did immediately. When we did the network test that Monday morning, Tony Hale and I were both staying at the same hotel, and we were both testing, and Jessica Walter -- whom I'd actually done my first pilot with -- was also testing with us that morning. Jason and Portia were already cast, and the kids were there. Michael Cera was really a very hot commodity as a talented young guy.

WC: He's brilliant.

WA: Absolutely.

WC: There's a moment in ["Out On A Limb"] when they bring Ann over, and Lucille asks Ann to help her pray, and the gasp he lets out...it's so good.

WA: That kid is the funniest kid you'll ever meet. He really is. And such a nice kid.

WC: He's adorable.

WA: And you can't believe that he smokes that much pot.

WC: [laughs] Oh, it's scandalous!

WA: It's a joke, it's all jokes.

WC: Well, he's Canadian -- it's practically legal here now.

WA: That's right, that's right.

WC: Anyway, the table read.

WA: Well, when I tested, it was with all those other people, and they kind of did, like, a chemistry read to see how we all would do, and it was all about-- it ended up being changed in the pilot, but initially GOB had called a meeting to discuss Michael's problems, and what problem everybody had with Michael. So it was just this group of idiots, with GOB like, "All right, who wants to go first?" Lindsay says he's awful, and GOB says, "I agree. Now who's next?" And I was forced to kind of lead. And all of a sudden, everybody just kind of clicked into place. It was really quite amazing.

WC: Having been on so many other pilots, I'm sure it's especially awesome when that happens because it doesn't happen often.

WA: Most shows, you really have to force it. And everybody's nervous, and the network is nervous, and they've all got their notepads out, and they're all going to give notes on what they think is funny, and everybody's trying to spin their jokes, and this was so-- the script was so good that we didn't have to really do anything, and it made it so easy for us to do well.

WC: It really does come across to the viewer as being so organic, like you can't see the seams.

WA: It really is. And we all get along so well. I mean, it sounds so bogus, but it's true. David and I are kind of the New Yorkers who come out to work on the show, and his lady lives in New York and so does mine, so we spend a lot of time eating meals together out here in Venice, like temporary bachelor dudes. And Jason and I really have become like brothers.

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