Sep 19th 2016 by SkyElizabeth • 13 Questions • 44 Points
Hey folks! I'm Ryan Morrison, better known as Video Game Attorney, and today I'm here with my new show co-host and superior attorney colleague "Ultra David" (or David Graham /u/ultraaaa). If you can name someone in video games, esports, or YouTube/Twitch, we've probably worked for, with, or against them in some capacity. We're here to answer anything you'd like to know, and to promote the hell out of our new show Rampart style.
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Of all the food you have been offered, have you ever refused a certain type of food?
Do you guys still remember all of your lines?
Cause I totally have all of your lines memorized haha
22 episodes a season and all the interviews, comic cons, even this kind of thing must require a hell of a lot of commitment. How much time do you get with scripts to prepare for episodes? Do you end up filming scenes out of sequence to make the most of the sets?
So how did you exactly become THE go to guy for Video Game related legal issues. Did you seek it out, or eventually fall into it? What is your biggest goal/task in the legal world of video games/esports?
In the week its always pretty much just regulars. You start to know them by name its awesome.
Never. I think it's my duty as a guest to always accept when my host is offering a good thing. When people are expressing themselves by what they offer, I feel it's my duty to if necessary take one for the team. It's what I call a "grandma rule"; I may not like grandma's turkey, but I'm in grandma's house, I'm gonna eat it. And I'm gonna smile and say I like it. I think that's just good manners.
If you treat me like an idiot though and serve me crap with utter contempt. I can spiral into a serious depression for days and I will not be nice about it. This means you, Johnny Rockets.
Paige: haha, good for you! LOL. They come and go at my age.
It's a LOT of work. We get maybe a week with the scripts before shooting. Every scene is shot out of order actually. Sounds crazy, but you get used to it.
It's all what the GUY thinks. Not what we think. But we do have to manage expectations. A 350lb 5'3" guy isn't going to walk out looking like he was in the cast of 300 no matter what we do.
Ha, provide him with toys he is allowed to bat around. He is just staying true to his instincts and needs an outlet for pawing and batting :)
David was here before me, so I'll just speak for myself on the gamedev side of things. The long story short is that I was about to start a terrible cubicle job at a decent law firm, when the Candy Crush trademark fiasco happened. I read about the people getting hurt and kept saying, "Man, I wish someone would help them." Then I realized I could help them. I asked my boss at the time if it was probono work the firm would be interested in and he said, "no chance." So I quit, messaged all of the devs being harassed an email basically saying, "I know you can't afford a lawyer, and I've only been a lawyer about 8 days, but I'll help you for free." And I went crazy trying to help them, and I can say we really did see a big win - even getting the IGDA involved. Reddit started calling me Video Game Attorney and I just ran with it. So I mean this every time I say it, I owe this community my current livelihood, and I love every one of you more than I can ever say. Except Steve. Screw Steve.
If you had to get turned into an object and live in the Beasts castle what would you, and wouldn't you, want to be turned into?
What are your thoughts on Ben Afflecks portrayal as Batman?
I have an unholy and guilty attraction to fast-food macaroni and cheese. During the morning I get these horrendous cravings for Popeye's mac and cheese, and, uh, I will often disguise myself to try to slip into Popeyes. Or in a pinch, I will even go to the Colonel. There, I admit it. And I'm always recognized.
I hate Twitter, because immediately they take a picture of me holding the evidence in my hand. It's like getting caught coming out of a porn shop with a video in your arms. Very embarrassing.
Richard: Obviously, a portrait of Gaston
If you are coming from the place of "I can make that better" and the risk is low (remember, removing some fat and unwanted glandular tissue from their chest has almost no risk), then aside from their health being so precarious that the anesthesia risk alone is too high, there is pretty much no reason to deny someone this improvement if that is what they want. I would deny this to someone who thought that if they improved their chest's appearance that they could quit their job, leave their wife and kids, and make it as as a singer on the TODAY show backed by a band of girls dressed as angels. Because obviously, that's completely delusional and their expectations for the change in their appearance are not going to be met. It's the WHY they want it done that's the issue, not the danger in the procedure that would make me take pause.
Do people ever recognize your voices without being told who you played?
When you were first approached about the role, did they tell you that you were basically going to play batman with a badge and gun?
I would like to see the pumpkin spice craze drowned in its own blood. Quickly. Juice--I don't understand the juice cleanse. I mean, if you've ever had a colonoscopy, the doctor gives you something that will cleanse you right quick, so I don't really understand juice cleanses. I believe celiac disease is a very serious ailment, and if you're diagnosed with it, I'm pleased that there are now gluten-free options, but these people who are treating gluten as, you know, an equivalent of Al Qaeda are worrying to me. So, I'm uneasy about that.
Also, overuse of the word "artisanal". You know, an artisanal potato chip? What does that mean other than it's an expensive potato chip? Oh, I'm also no big fan of the judgmental barista and beer nerds. I mean, I like a good craft, but don't make me feel bad about my beer choices. You know what kind of beer I like? I like cold beer.
I would like people really to pay more for top-quality Mexican food. I think it's the most undervalued, underappreciated world cuisine with tremendous, tremendous potential. These are in many cases really complex, wonderful sauces; particularly from Oaxaca, for instance, that date back from before Europe. I'm very excited about the possibilities for that cuisine, and I think we should pay more attention to it, learn more about it, and value it more. This is frankly a racist assumption that Mexican food or Indian food should be cheap. That's not right.
Richard: Yes it's rather disconcerting at times! ;)
Yeah. And with no spandex.
That's when I said yes.
No, but even if he did, I'd still say have to say no. HIPPA.
Provide your cat with plants he can eat - cat grass and catnip are two examples. We often have to provide a safe and desirable alternative so the cat has an outlet for the behaviour it is motivated to do. For example, if we wanted to stop eating chocolate, we wouldn't stop eating at all but might make sure we were armed with carrot sticks and other healthy snacks.
Can't speak to potential involvement. But I would tell anyone that happened to to get a lawyer quickly. No matter how ridiculous something sounds, being sued sucks.
Have you ever had to call the cops on any of your drunk customers?
From all the places you have visited, what would be the place you would like to live after retirement?
What was working on Southland like? Did doing that show change or otherwise inform your views on body cameras and the current controversies around police actions?
It was an amazing show and I miss it.
It's a tough question. I used to think Vietnam for a long time but lately... I'm leaning very much toward Italy! I like it there! I like the food. All those carbs are dangerous but Italy's a pretty nice place.
Paige: I don't know, that's a great questions and one I've never gotten before. I'm going to make some inquiries!
It was one the best experiences of my life. I definitely think it was ahead of its time in terms of how the police interact with the community they serve.
There have been several animal studies that have shown this to be the case, but there have been several studies in humans showed it did not appear to be the case. It may be a bit of chicken and egg thing... Some pot smokers are more sedentary than others and this may be more of the issue than the pot itself.
Richard White: Have you met Gaston at Disney World by his tavern? If yes, what do you think of him?
Is it ever weird seeing such kind and caring people, such as Robin Lord Taylor or Cory Micheal Smith, play such dark characters?
Have you ever had patients have their man boobs reemerge after surgery or is this generally a one and done procedure?
Thanks for joining us and answering questions!
What is the easiest way to get started?
You know the show I haven't been able to make yet, I'd like to do a show with Keith Richards. I'm working on it. He's an enthusiast and a voracious reader. He's very interested in British naval history. Maybe visiting the site of great British naval battles with Keith Richards, eat bangers and mash, cooking steak and pie together would be really fun That's something I'd really love to do.
Richard: How could Gaston meet Gaston? I have seen some on YouTube and am very pleased by how faithfully they represent me.
Yeah it is actually. They are definitely giving a performance, couldn't be more different than they are in real life.
Usually one and done.
My wife claims that Beauty And The Beast is her favorite movie of all time! A question for either or both of you, is there any part of your voice work for this classic that, looking back, you wished you would have voiced a little differently?
Hi Ben! You've mostly played serious parts, any chance we get to see you playing in a comedy role? Also any chance of getting the OC crew together for something?
Yeah, I don't know that I translate well on television at all. I don't know, and to be honest, I kinda don't really take myself that seriously, so I don't really care. I mean, anytime you put a lens on somebody, it has a distorting and changing effect. But I never really worry about that. I'm very lucky in that I get paid to really be myself; I don't have a script. I decide where we go and what we do on the show. I've gotten away with being obnoxious on TV for 15 years now. I don't really see any reason to chance.
So yeah, I have no complaints. I'm not afraid to look like an idiot on TV; it happens a lot. We don't have hair or makeup, for instance. It would be interesting to show up on a show with like a Trumpian Cheeto tan. Actually, I should try that.
Richard: Over two and half years, we had so many opportunities to edit and reconsider that we're all very satisfied with the final version, I think.
What is your favorite line/song that was not used by your character?
How much fun is it playing Clayface? You play it so differently from Jim Gordon and it seems like you're having a great time.
We're very very good. I've been working with the same people for the whole time I've made television. And we've been traveling together and doing this thing for many years, and we found out really early on that the person you select to be your fixer in those countries, in any country, determines the success or failure of the show. So we're really really careful about finding these people who, generally speaking, are professionals who work with either news outlets, people shooting or filming major films, shooting commercials; we audition them over Skype and email; we make sure that they have an understanding of what show it is we're making and what show we're not making. It's really important they understand we're not looking for the "Top 10 Best Places" in a particular city. They have to have a sense of humor, and they have to be as knowledgeable of the places as they claim to be, which is something that has been a problem in the long ago past.
We just learned to be good judges of character in a solid fixer. Man, that will literally save your life, and has in our cases many times. We would not have made it intact out of Congo I don't think without a really great fixer. And in fact, we got everything we needed to there.
It's difficult in countries where you know that they are possibly more paranoid. Mostly people from the security services give us drivers or translators whose job it is to keep an eye on us. We're pretty good, and they may want to steer us to see positive aspects of their society, and try to get us to play into some agenda. We're pretty good at avoiding that and seeing through that. A lot of times we'll do some of what they call "French shooting" which, yes we'll let them take us on the dog-and-pony show, and we'll pretend to shoot it, but never actually end up using it on the show.
Generally speaking, people have been pretty nice to us around the world, but we do understand if you're in China or Iran, for instance, you cannot point your cameras at military installations or secret police who are walking by. It's probably not a good idea to put a camera up to those. We also have to be very careful about the position we leave our hosts in. Meaning, I can go around and come back and say anything I want about the place; but all of the people who are nice to me there, I have to think about the repercussions of my comments here. And we're very careful about that as well. I can say what I want, but I have to think about the people who were kind to me and trusted me in countries that take a dim view of free speech, let's put it that way.
Paige: "Flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep". Ha, David Ogden Stiers is the funniest!
It was an absolute blast. Just tried to imagine the two dimensional cardboard cut out version of Jim Gordon.
A large C cup. I was suitably impressed.
Does your girlfriend behave differently around you than when she is on her own? Is it only when she is moving or does it occur when she is still too? I would recommend you get a qualified behaviourist to do a full consultation before the problem escalates.
I'll echo most of David's comments, but it's also usually a very "evil empire verse the little guy" type thing. For example, everyone hates a big company suing a little etsy shop for using that big company's trademark on their website. But reverse it, and a big company steals a little guy's artwork and it's akin to murder. I just wish the double standard from the community would go away so we can have a real conversation about copyright/trademark.
What is the most unexpected "foodie" city in the US?
How long does it take to voice an entire movie? On average, how many takes did you need for one scene?
Which source materials did you use to base your portrayal of Jim Gordon on?
Is it possible to trademark all the memes into a stock photo site so I can become lord of the memes and cackle a lot?
Ick, not my taste. I drink my coffee black though, so I guess we all have our taste.
Oh that's a really good question! You know, these days just about everywhere I go there's some young chef with a lot of tattoos of animals on their arms with their really good charcuterie program, making craft beer somewhere on the premises. So it should really not surprise me.
Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; Minneapolis, for a very long time had really good food and a lot of great chefs. I think Los Angeles is wildly underrated; it was famous for years and appreciated for its strip mall food, it's Korean and Mexican and Latino food. But man, some of the restaurants that have been opening in the last 10 years are really really good. Everybody knows Seattle and Portland are great.
But yeah, off the top of my head, I'm kinda looking at the South. Charleston, NC, another one. But it's hard to say that these places are underrated. I mean, people are finding out how good they are. There's never been a better time to eat in America, honestly.
Paige: We can record the movie entirely in one day. However, it was constantly changing and the animators would draw from us for a few months and then we'd return. Sometimes there were new lines. The whole film took four years to make and the voice actors worked on it for two and half years.
I had a hard time in anatomy class in Med school, but others didn't. I had a professor who was trained in a foreign country say they were forbidden to wear gloves during their dissections because it was an "insult to the person who donated their body". Don't think I could have done that. Sometimes you get a whiff of something all too familiar. It serves as a reminder that we are all animals and that makes me happy to stick to a plant based diet as much as possible
Is the "Gaston" song the most manly thing you've ever been a part of?
It is probably my favorite Disney or musical song of all time. Never fails to make me smile.
What are some of the way that Donal Logue keeps everyone entertained during lulls in shooting? He's such a funny and talented guy, all the way back to his days on Mtv. He seems like a great guy to hang out with.
Is there a large proportion of your clients getting surgery to sort out the gynecomastia due to taking anabolic steroids? I ask because it seems there are quite a large number of bodybuilders that aren't quite sure what to do in regards to their PCT, and often end up with pretty noticeable gyno by the end of it.
Despite being gentle and mindful of the panic that cats get when faced with a flea bath, might you have any suggestions on how one might avoid getting the shit beat out of oneself by the cat?
Yes! Where do I begin? Every day in the DRC--the Democratic Not-So-Democratic Republic of the Congo--there were many tense moments. Libya, post-Benghazi, was again, many concerning moments where we sort of had to take regular meetings among the crew and decide for ourselves whether we would make a run for the airport or continue shooting. Beirut, 2006, got a little dodgy.
And immediately after eating Nashville Hot Chicken, that was truly, truly terrifying. And if you're considering going to Nashville, by the way, please notice that Nashvillians themselves don't eat the extra-hot fried chicken. They know better. Unless you've got three or four days to spend in a bathroom, I really advise against that.
Richard: Yes, but singing "Stout-hearted Men" on the stage of City Opera came in at a close second.
He's amazing. Stories for days. Knows everyone and everything.
Good question! I have absolutely dealt with this. For those guys absolutely set on continued steroid use (which we don't recommend), we can pretty easily rid them of this tissue with an out patient procedure. The results depend on the end goals- looks versus symptoms such as lumps or pain.
Can you explain what a flea bath is? Is the Uk, we use a spot-on treatment that is applied to the back of the neck or can even use a collar.
I firmly believe no. Although I've spent most of my life arguing about this.
You're still gonna be asked for a ton of autographs in the calendar with that cute face :)
What's the weirdest thing that has happened to you while traveling and filming that didn't get aired?
Should undies be clean or is simply smelling fresh sufficient?
It was really, really weird, and didn’t air chances are it violated network standards and practices, was possibly felonious, or just so embarrassing that I'm sure as hell not going to tell you about it. Generally speaking we show everything. If I'm miserable and humiliated and everything goes wrong we show you that. I would draw your attention to the notorious Sicilian octopus fishing scene as a particularly unpleasant example of that. We really don't cut much out, if anything. Another example, Thailand. The famous Lady Boy Cabaret. It's filled with outrageously good looking transexuals or transvestites. Who kisses me on the mouth? The one girl who looks like Ernest Borgnine.
Paige: Really excited. I think Emma is the perfect choice for Belle.
depends on if you are single
I see you're drinking a $150 bottle of scotch. How is it?
Your pauses - face expressions when you pause - are on point. It makes me stop whatever Im thinking or doing lol Did you have to train to do that or do you do it naturally even off camera?
This may just be my WH, but I would avoid the OJ. You dont wanna know how we make it. Especially when we're busy and run out. Nothing food wise, I personally love EVERYTHING.
It is very delicious. Very delicious.
Paige: What an amazing gift this has been. And how wonderful generations of children will be enjoying this film many years after I am gone.
I spend 3 hours every day in the mirror working on it. Not vanity at all, of course.
Richard, what are your thoughts on the Gaston that has been in so many popular videos online? Do you have a favorite? Mine is when Gaston shows up a young man who decides to challenge him to a pushup contest.
Hi Ben! Thanks for doing this AMA!
How big a part do the court of owls play in Season 3? Was it interesting adapting it from comic books to Live action, especially since they're one of the newer characters on Batman's Villains List?
Well we have all seen plastic surgery horror stories like M.J (rip) or that human barbie that removed her ribs, the japanese superman guy with metal plates and it seems unethical to me that a plastic surgeon would agree to such procedures knowing how harmful it is.
UltraDavid and Ryan alike, what do you guys see as the biggest legal problem that might arise in esports at the moment?
Richard: Those guys are amazing. They bring such charm to their roles while remaining true to the heart of Gaston.
Court of Owls will be a big part of Season 3.
I wouldn't offer those extreme procedures to patients. But what about piercers or tattoo artists that put permanent crazy and maybe even questionable things on people's bodies? At some point, adults that want to do stupid and/or risky things to them selves (no matter what it is... Skydiving/unprotected sex/wearing crocs) are free to do so and sometimes need to be left alone to learn from their mistakes. I've had colleagues argue that if they don't do what the patient wants, the patient will just find someone else who will. So at least if THEY are the ones to do it, the patient may have a better chance of having a safer outcome than if he or she went to an unreputable doctor. I think the bigger issue is listening to the patient to find out the "WHYs" of their choices and making sure they truly understand the risks and benefits. I have been able to talk sense into a few people in the past.
Lack of contracts across the board, and a lack of understanding personal value from the players. It's everyone's fault! Huzzah!
Paige: How familiar are you with the Kingdom Hearts video games? I think you reprised Belle in Kingdom Hearts 2, right?
Also, I think you're the best Disney voice I've heard and Something There is one of my favorite songs. Thanks for the memories!
It would be cool if they had the show run 20 seasons and the child actors playing Batman, Catgirl, and Poison Ivy age into their roles.
Any plan on something like this happening? It would be epic television.
Paige: Thank you so much for that! Kingdom Hearts was a lot of fun. Wish I could have done more.
If you keep watching for 20 years, sure.
Isn't it the best playing the bad guy? Gaston seems like a character that would be fun to voice.
Which Marvel movie is your favorite? Including X-Men and Deadpool.
I hear eating Tofu can lead to gynecomastia, right? How much tofu is too much tofu?
Well we have Sue, coffee sometimes 3x a night. And a plethora of others. Sue is just kinda our nutcase.
Whoa! What have I made in my life? Wow! You've caused me to reflect on my utterly worthless existence. I mean, I give a cute answer, I assisted in the making of a 9 year old girl. A birdhouse, a chest of drawers, I really wish I could do those things. Everything I ever made with my hand, you know it was food, it literally turned to shit within 8 hours. So...wow...Oh my god! I'm really depressed now!
Richard: Yes indeed! The villain is often the most interesting character in a story. They have an agenda and they go to great lengths to achieve it. Gaston is also a wonderfully comedic character. I have a ball doing him!
Not usually... Phytoestrogens in tofu are pretty weak. I'd look to other sources unless you are chowing down metric tonnages.
The question I've been dying to ask since I was a little bookworm of a girl:
What sorts of books would Belle have in her library? (Does she prefer novels, histories, biographies? Does she have a favorite novel?)
G'day Ben. What's your favourite meal?
I've been trying to get into Afghanistan for years. The insurance company is reluctant to let us shoot there. Yemen, I'd like to go very much but, obviously, that also is a security situation. There are a lot of countries that I haven't been to because of security concerns.
Though I will tell you I would like to overcome my childhood-born phobia of Switzerland at some point. You'll notice I've never done a show there. I have a deep neurotic fear of haunting vistas, you know, like a mural of Lake Geneva with snowcapped peaks and yodelers, or those dogs with the barrels under their neck. I'm frightened of all things Swiss, and I'm trying to overcome that. Working on it, and I hope to do a show there at some point.
Paige: Belle would have all of them. She loved adventure novels, especially ones she could escape into and imagine herself as a part of them. Belle's favorite play is Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
MY favorite novel is To Kill a Mockingbird. Check out James Patterson's Maximum Ride books. Young female heroine who flies! Great escape novels.
Absolutely! If you know how to rid the world of those things without the vast majority of people turning into giant whiny babies I would be all for it. We can do a randomized controlled study and find out. Those endocrine disrupters are in the slick printer papers that receipts are printed on, too.
Beauty and the Beast is our family's favorite Disney movie, great job.
My question: when you were making the movie, did you realize that you were involved in something special that would become a Disney classic much like Snow White or Cinderella?
Also, are you enjoying the association of being in the movie in your personal lives and how so?
How does it feel knowing that you're playing a character in a show that both of which will most assuredly be fondly remembered for generations to come? Do previous Jim Gordons give you inspiration, and do you worry that someone else will play a better Gordon or belittle your portrayal?
I dunno, I'm thinking about a French dip sandwich. They do those really well in LA. Or I dunno, I had tacos at Danny Trejo's place last night, so I might go back! They were good.
Paige: It changed my life. We knew from the beginning the writing was wonderful and after working on it for the first year, we realized this is going to be a classic. A truly great blessing to voice this part.
Every Gordon is his own Gordon. I'm proud of what we're doing and I hope it lasts.
There is almost always temporary decreased sensation and we warn patients of the possibility of permanent numbness. There are also tingly and shooting sensations as he feeing comes back after surgery. I've been told it's less painful than expected almost all the time. Recovery can be a week or so vs soreness for about a month, depending on how much we are doing.
Do the late-night drunks tend to tip better or worse than the day crowd?
BTW, I have 3 year old triplets and a 1 year old and I often joke that I feel like a 3rd shift Waffle House waitress during dinner time.
Loved your book Kitchen Confidential, but my children know you as a doctor on Yo Gabba Gabba. Can you share your experiences working on that show?
Well, when I've been on Yo Gabba Gabba, my daughter was very young and just loved the show, was obsessed with it. And I thought it would be really cool to go on. So when they reached out to me, I jumped on it. I think they read on Twitter that I was a fan, so they invited me to the on the show as Dr. Tony. I was very excited! In fact, star struck somewhat to meet DJ Lance and the rest of the gang. I had a lot of fun on the show.
But crazy enough when my daughter saw the show and saw me doting over Tootie--who as I recall, I was helping through an illness--she became really jealous and pissed off at me, that I was being so nice and attentive to Tootie. It did not have the immediate effect that I'd hoped for. She was much more impressed later in life when I was on The Simpsons, another show I did largely for my daughter's benefit. Okay, I'll admit it, I like it.
It was a lot of fun. Very talented, very creative show, Yo Gabba Gabba, with great music on it, and great musical guests. I'd go back on in a second. You know, my daughter doesn't watch anymore, she's 9. But I like that show. I still have those songs running around in my head, you know, "Don't, don't, don't bite your friends." These are words we can live by.
Richard: Who said he died??! Did you ever see a body? I feel certain that he simply bumped his head and will be resurfacing in a spinoff at a theatre near you sometime soon.
amazingly talented. very professional. proud to lead this ensemble.
We do send tissue samples of the gland part for pathology in almost all cases. It's very rare for men to have breast cancer- I've seen only two cases in my 15 year career. The changes associated with make breast cancer are usually fairly striking and noticeable. Safe unevenness is very common. We typically have clear signs to suspect cancer before any surgery and investigate/biopsy any irregularities and know well before any procedure is performed. Obviously, treatment for male breast cancer and a procedure for appearances' sake are two very different surgeries.
What do I need to do to be strong like Gaston? Do you think I could get there by doing 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and a 10km run every single day?
I remember seeing the movie Junebug and thinking "This kid's got something." Great movie. What was it like working with Amy Adams before she became the megastar that she is today?
When I first went on TV and I started going on book tours I was a guy who would literally drink anything. Fans would come up to me and offer me shots of tequila and I would actually drink them. I am still here and alive today because I don't do that anymore. If I took every offer of a shot or other substance that fans offer to me, I wouldn't have made it to 2008, much less to this year. So chances are, to be perfectly honest, you wouldn't see me at a bar. If you were to offer me a shot, I would probably politely decline. I know people offer those things with the best intentions but I'm a dad now. I'm the 60 year old dad of a 9 year old. I have to at least try to stay live long enough to get to the eye rolling stage of my daughter's life.
Richard: That would be a fine start, however, there is a limit to what a mere mortal might accomplish.
Sometimes there are qualities to a character that aren't written precisely on the page but are key to making a character feel real. What characteristics did you feel were important to bring to your performances that may not have been initially obvious?
How do you think Gordon's adventures in the show today would influence his relationship with Batman, and his thoughts on the caped crusader, many years down the road?
I did not get to keep the knife. I bid on it online; it was put up for auction. I bid $5,000, but I saw that the lowest bid at the time, or the current high bid was something like $22,000. So needless to say I did not get that knife.
I did, however, finally after a wait of longer than a year, I did get the opportunity to buy a Kramer knife. It is easily my most valued physical object that I own. It is a thing of beauty, and I'm just waiting to find food worthy of it, to use it.
Paige: Because they are videotaping us, they will capture our expressions. Many of those are in the film of all of the actors.
The stroke of the strand of hair was certainly me!
That's what we are exploring. How Jim's successes and failures inform Bruce's development. It's a long and winding road.
RAWR. Go Kelly!
There are good ones, there are bad ones. I think Top Chef is probably the best of them. I like them. Ariane loves Chopped, wants to be on Chopped. She also loves Master Chef Junior. So when I'm watching with a 9-year-old they're a lot of fun.
Look, I never thought of cooking as a competitive sport. It's entertainment, but I guess if you're looking for the best technical/professional cooking, Top Chef would probably be the high water mark. I have mixed emotions about it. I think a lot of these shows, on one hand, have been good for the industry. On the other hand, they've created an entire species of cook, who really doesn't want to work in a restaurant; they just want to be on TV. And that's always worrying.
Richard: We had the advantage of having Howard Ashman in the room most of the time. He had such clear vision and communicated it so clearly that I always had good idea of what we were going for. Gaston's humor, we found in the doing perhaps more than on the page.
I don't know who suggested three months off for recovery... We don't even recommend that for double mastectomy cancer patients. This is a very superficial process that does not alter any major blood vessels, nerves, muscles, or tendons. Imagine you had a really, really big mole... or a birthmark... that needed removal. It is hard to speak for cash costs in different regions of the country. A Google search that brings up a few area breast specialists or plastic surgeons is a good place to start. A phone call to their office will probably get you ballpark amounts pretty quickly. The question is how aggressive are they and how much experience do they have with different techniques and different sizes issues. You also want symmetry addressed. Even though this is only one side, you may want the other side evaluated so that dormant tissue doesn't "wake up" as you get older. But insofar as needing to be off work for three months? Nope. I wouldn't say that to anyone I plan on treating.
Twenty dollars?! I don't know. It might be a dirty water hot dog. You know? A bagel, with some butter, or no! A bialy. A toasted bialy with some butter, maybe at like Barney Greengrass, and then...what, do I die after spending this $20? Is that what happens? I mean, it's a pretty good value, maybe I'll have two bialys for $20.
Richard: That was just a theory? How else could you explain not falling for Gaston?!
We have pictures here: gynecomastia link
Most people have a pretty dramatic immediate result. But, it takes a loooong time (2-6 months) for all the healing to settle in, toughness to dissolve, and swelling to go down. It can be frustrating to see how much better it's going to get, and people get impatient. I haven't had anyone have any regrets. And as time goes on, they forget how bad it was and start to focus on other areas they are unhappy with. But that's typical for most things. You finish remodeling the kitchen and the living room looks dated and you feel like you need a new couch.
- Have you been back to the Waffle House?
- How do you take your hash browns?
How many eggs would you each say you actually eat in a day?
Hi, Ben! If you could remake any movie and cast yourself in it, which one would you remake and who would you play? :)
Are pointy nipples a form of gynecomastia? A man of normal weight without a fatty chest, but nipples that could cut glass, all the time? Is it the same thing, and is it something that can be fixed?
That was my one and only time at waffle house. It is a strange and exotic wonderland to me. I really have yet to explore it fully. I was obviously thoroughly taken by it and cannot wait to go back. In fact, I have a secret urge, as a lot of my chef friends do, their secret urge is that they want cook at Waffle House. Just for a day to see if they can hack it because it's a tough gig. No, so I haven't been back, they don't have it in the New York/Tristate area unfortunately. If they did I would be hitting that place hard and often. They're wonderful.
Richard: 2 egg whites on dry toast.
For some men, they don't relax very much and the nipple portion is much more prominent. It's not so much a feature of gynecomastia, where the tissue has a softer, fuller, more feminine appearance, usually. It's a variant of normal for men, but if it's something that is really, really bothersome, or if you are a professional window cleaner and you keep damaging buildings with your nipples, then it certainly is possible to reduce them and make them less noticeable/hazardous.
How were you both cast for the movie? Were they like, "Hey we're doing a movie based in France about a mansion filled with talking furniture and there's a rose and a beauty and a beast."
I'm a transgender man and had top surgery two years ago (bilateral mastectomy with nipple grafts). I had twenty pounds of tissue removed.
I'm curious as to how gynecomastia surgery may differ from what I had done?
Do you see many trans men in your line of work?
My favorite Kentucky bourbon? Very very old Fitzgerald, that's some nice stuff. If you were to present me with a bottle of very very very very very old Fitzgerald, I don't know if it exists, but man that's good.
I have to say, my friend Sean Rock is constantly coming up with these freakishly rare bottles of bourbon that I never thought of as particularly good, that are amazing. So it's not a subject I know much about, but I look forward to finding out.
Paige: It was written as a broadway musical film. They searched for broadway actors/singers and wound up using all major characters that were broadway veterans. I had five auditions. Talking furniture was pretty clever, agreed!
With FTM top surgery, there is (usually) a much larger skin envelope to consider and much more glandular tissue that must be cut out. So there are more design elements to consider. The minimally invasive approach is more conducive to gynecomastia because a higher percentage is fat that can be sucked out through a liposuction probe. We support the LGBT community and feel they should have the best access and support to achieve an appearance that allows them an authentic life. I have not had an opportunity to work with many trans patients, but I would love to. I'm very interested to see how far we can get with the techniques we have developed for gynecomastia with top FTM surgery to improve scars and prevent the need for nipple grafting.
Do you ever feel ridiculous if you have to make reservations?
Thanks for doing the AMA! If you could choose another Disney movie to have done some voice work on, which movie would both of you choose?
What would you request for your last meal on death row?
No, I do it without shame. I'm like super organized, I'm a list maker, and I have a schedule. I'm not one of those people who calls a restaurant at the last minute and says, "Do you know who I am?" I plan ahead. I do make reservations. And I always show up for them.
You know, making multiple reservations in multiple restaurants on the same night at the same time and blowing off the other ones? That's right up there with being rude to your server, as far as restaurant crimes. They should keep a file on such people. In fact, some restaurants do!
Paige: It was before my time, but I would love to have voiced Bambi's mother.
Which ethnic food do Americans need to embrace more?
Which foods do Americans need to stop eating?
You are an inspiration... Im 51 years old and out of work. When I watch your shows, I know older guys can still be cool! THANK YOU!
What's the secret to imbuing a voice with character and humanity?
Do you think any lasting effects from Jim's time in prison will show through this season, especially considering majority of his support system is gone?
There are a lot that I think are underappreciated. Chinese food still remains a mystery to us, it's not really anything like what they eat in China. Our knowledge on Japanese is not so wonderful. Countries who's food is underrepresented, Brazil, Peru, higher end Mexican food, Burmese, West African. Food from Senegal and Ghana is amazing, delicious, complex and interesting. So many of the fundamental flavors of what we call american food, in fact, came from those places. "Traditional Southern Food" so many of those textures and flavors and ingredients can trace their roots directly to West Africa.
Well look, do you really need pizza that's stuffed with cheese? County faire novelty food? deep fried butter. We can eat a lot less deep fried stuff, for sure. I'm not a big fan of the major fast food chains. Anything that's oversized. Giant jugs of soda. I'm a father and I think about these things, sugar intake. I'm gonna be fair to junk food, I have trashy taste, but some of the fast food concoctions are pretty heinous. I personally don't like fake Italian or fake Mexican food. One of the joys of having lots of Mexicans and Mexican Americans around is they make delicious food! Why would we go a to a fast food outlet, for more money, selling us bad food. I wouldn't mind seeing the end of these monster nacho concoctions. Anyone who would insist on putting BBQ in a Nori roll, kind of offends me. Theme restaurants...not so great. There is a restaurant in Vegas, I think it's called The Heart Attack Grill, where if you are over 350lbs you eat for free. I think that should be pretty much a war crime.
Oh my glob, so many questions.
Is every last inch of you covered with hair?
Are you especially good at expectorating?
Was it hard changing roles from show to show and playing such differing characters? The OC->Gotham seems like a huge gap.
Coolest shit I ever found anywhere? I dunno, I mean the most cool shit per square foot is probably in Tokyo. You know, if you're looking for cool shit, your statistical likelihood of finding some is gonna be in Tokyo.
Wow, what a tough question. Yeah, try Tokyo.
Tony, you really inspired me to travel the world. I spent 6 months backpacking in Southeast Asia last year and always made a point to seek out restaurants you'd visited. Thanks for what you do.
That said, how do you feel about the impact of a small local restaurant appearing on your shows? Do you ever make a point to not reveal the location of a restaurant?
I remember visiting the Soup Lady in Saigon, and it had become a pretty big tourist hot spot. This wasn't the case everywhere you'd been, but the impact was definitely visible at times.
If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play you?
Wahoowa! Class of 2005 here - what was your favorite spot to hangout on Grounds? What would Jim Gordon's favorite spot have been?
Yeah, that's a hard question that we wrestle with all the time on the show. I understand there are places that I love because they're sort of untouched, beloved by locals, undiscovered. That's exactly the type of place I love to celebrate. On the other hand I understand that very often the fact that we put those places on TV changes the nature of the business. Next time we go back there are tourists there, they added an extra dining room, the place is less charming. I imagine the locals, who have been going there for years, are kind of pissed at us.
There have been occasions where someone has taken us to a special place of theirs, that is just so awesome, and they express have reservations about putting it on TV. They don't want to see the place ruined. We have referred to places as "restaurant X" or said "we're just not telling you the name of this bar." A few people do the extra work to find the place, at least they have to work extra to find it. There are places that are just so awesome that I will just look into the camera and say "look I'm just not telling you where this place is or what it's name is. I just don't want to ruin it." More often than not, there is an element of destroying the things I love.
What is your favorite way to alter a cheap, supermarket-bought, processed item to make it palatable (e.g. boxed Mac and Cheese, Ramen, etc.)? You know, for bachelors. And broke people.
First of all, I was 4 when I first saw the film. And I related to Belle so much because she didn't quite fit in. So, thank you for bring to life such a beautiful character that made me come out of my shell and to treat others with kindness. Now for me question: How did you relate to your characters and make them so personable?
What are your thoughts on Jerome? Do you like Cameron Monaghan?
There is no single cure all. I would say the ultimate broke ass, dorm food, for people who don't have a lot of money, for people aren't good at cooking, if you only have a hotplate, is a Korean dish called Budae Jjigae, also known as Army Stew or Korean Army Stew. You can google that shit. It is an unholy mix of ramen, hot dogs (or vienna sausage), spam, beans, kimchi, and Korean spices. I know that sounds like just a horrible train wreck, it's really delicious and you can pretty much train a reasonably intelligent doberman to make it. It's perfect. When there was a lot of poverty and necessity during wartime in Korea, it perfectly reflects the need to improvise, innovate, and make the most of what you have on hand. It remains a delicious and beloved dish in Korea. I adore this stuff.
Paige: It was the only role in my career, that was so close to my own personality...that directors and Howard kept encouraging me to let my wall down and let Paige come through. A challenge at first, and then a blessing in disguise. Thanks for the compliment!
he's terrific. I think we should have him back. No?
Mr. Bourdain, as a young aspiring chef I have heard that many restaurants don't really care about culinary school experience, if this is the case, what do you look for (other than experience) in a chef when you are hiring?
Also, all I ever hear people talk about when I mention that I want to be a chef is how awful the industry is, what are some of the upsides to working in food?
When you were doing the recordings, are you actually in the same sound stage, or do you have to pretend that the other person is there?
Thanks for taking part in this!
Is there an aspect of Jim Gordon's character that you wish he'd change? Obviously, as an actor you're a fan of the character you play, but is there something about him, like a parent with a child, that you'd like to see change about him over time?
Look, you're either the sort of person who likes the restaurant industry, or you're a normal person. Experience is less important as a long-time employer, as the chef. What I look for is someone who's showed up on time every day reliably, who can be counted on absolutely to show up on time and have the respect to honor their basic commitment to their co-workers and their employers. I figure if you're the sort of person who shows up reliably on time and doesn't complain, then you're worth me taking my time to give you the experience. Willingness to learn. I think that's why so many people prefer to promote dishwashers off the line than hire somebody who presumably has experience.
So yeah, I'd say the best thing you can do is to show yourself to be the sort of person worth investing the chef's time and attention in; it's a mentoring business. People pass their experience down to the next generation and the next. Prove yourself early and often; be the sort of person deserving of that investment.
As far as, you know...what can I tell you? It's a very very very hard, unglamorous business, regardless of what you might think from watching television. You're probably not going to be on TV, you're going to go home every night smelling of smoked salmon and garlic. It's murder on your social life. You know, it's probably not the easiest; it's physically demanding. Mentally demanding. But some people, like me, love it.
Richard: as a rule, voice work is done alone in a booth, but in our case, Paige was able to talk them into allowing us to react to one another while we were recording. We feel that helped a great deal in establishing relationships between the characters.
I'd like him to become more cagey and less naive. He's getting there, but it's a process.
How was your Archer experience?
Edit: my first gold is also my first AMA question answered. What a time to be alive! Thank you :D
Richard, any memories from the star-studded Evening with Alan Jay Lerner?
Hey Ben, love the show! Do you think you'll ever crossover into the CW DC shows?
Oh the best! I was sucking up to the Archer people for like a year! I was on a podcast, I said I'd work for free, I said I'd bring them coffee on the set, back massages. I'm such an uber fan of that show. I went to Comic Con and I'd stalk them. I have seen them since at the Emmys, they won an Emmy this year. I went up to them, my character was last seen falling out of a helicopter but you don't see him hitting the ground! So maybe he lived because all I want right now is to be back on Archer. It was pretty much the high watermark of my career. After that, everything is meaningless.
How's your BJJ training going? How's the wear and tear on you from the training?
Any film voice performance that you regard highly, as experienced voice performers yourself? Who is the Brando of voice acting?
I've been really lucky. I had one early injury as a white belt, but lately it's going really, really well. Feeling pretty good about leg attacks. They run in the family. I'm training out in LA at Cobrinha and at 5 Star, and really enjoying it. I'm very happy and I'm staying healthy so far.
Hey Anthony, I love your shows I was just curious how you felt about the drug addiction situation that is going on, especially in the north east, at this time? Also your favorite dish to cook!
Hello, welcome to Reddit!
My question, for both of you, is what Disney films have you enjoyed besides BatB?
I think the pharmaceutical companies have to share some responsibility here, but I think it's sort of the final evidence of the utter failure of the war on drugs. I think it's about time we start treating addiction as a pressing and urgent health problem rather than a law enforcement problem. I've spoken with many many law enforcement officials about this over the years, and not one of them can look you in the eye and say that their entire life's effort--fighting drugs by interdiction, impounding, or taking out cartels--none of it has had any effect on the price or availability of narcotics. I think it's time we see the disruptive effects of the war on drugs.
I remember when it was declared during the Nixon years, and we need to find a Plan B, and start treating drug addiction as the health problem it is. To do otherwise would be an absolute denial of the facts.
To answer your second question, I love cooking pasta. It makes me happy. I don't claim to be particularly good at it--Italian food is not really my area of expertise--but there's something about it that is magical for me.
Paige: Fave of all time: Mary Poppins. Other favorites: Bambi, Snow White and Mulan
You monologue musings are fantastic. Do other writers assist or is it all from the brain of Bourdain?
What do you do to get in the mood for writing?
Any inspirations like Three Stooges and a martini? Nature? Poetry? Meditation? Mushrooms?
Besides just practicing, how can someone become a better writer?
Did you ever see Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast? Were you delighted that Disney was able to capture so much of the tone/feel of the film in the animation? (I was.)
In my case, I write everything. I write every word. I have found that the only way I can write is early in the morning, first thing, stone-cold sober. So I will wake up, start writing, and write for as long as I can. I get stupider as the day goes on. I just get stupider and stupider as it gets later in the day. So, yeah, stone-cold sober, first thing in the morning. No other way for me.
Nothing's gonna help me do anything but get distracted. If smoking weed is first on your list of things to do, you're probably not getting to #2. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Paige: Yes, I loved it. The hardest challenge for the writers was creating a story around Belle and Beast as the Cocteau version was basically them going to dinner. Geniuses!
How is your food court/night market concept going? I'm super excited for it to open!
Did you ever see Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast? Were you delighted that Disney was able to capture so much of the tone/feel of the film in the animation? (I was.)
We're hoping to be open by 2019, so we're two years out. We're getting there!
Paige: It was extremely emotional and exhilarating at the same time.
Where can I find the best tacos in the world, specifically?
Did you guys ever visit the Be Our Guest restaurant in Disneyworld? What did you think?
I don't know, I mean look, they take their tacos very seriously in Mexico City. I'll answer the question like this, I'll dodge the question and tell you that the best tostada in the world is in Ensenada in Baja in Mexico at a place called La Guerrerense.
The stuff they serve there is as fresh, as vibrant, as sophisticated, as flavorful, as anything I've ever had at a beach style restaurant. As much as I'd like to answer your taco question let’s go with tostadas. Ensenada La Guerrerense.
Richard: Not yet....
When will you be on Joe Rogan's podcast again? It's been too long and I'm starting to itch.
Robby Benson was a mentor to my best friend in college, he sends his well wishes to Robby.
What do you guys think about Hamilton? It's the hot thing right now. Lin-Manuel Miranda is hot right now. Thoughts?
Soon I hope! It's always a lot of fun to hang out with Joe. I like him very much, I like his podcast. But I will tell you that if Joe Rogan ever wants to demonstrate a choke on you, don't let that happen. He's like, really really really strong, and yeah. Just, it hurts. A lot.
Paige: My husband and I saw it last night. I've never seen Michael tear up as much as he did last night for Hamilton. It's magnificent piece of theater!
Do you guys ever just randomly quote your old lines? If so, how often!?
The books that I reread, I reread Orwell's essays all the time. The Quiet American, by Graham Greene. The Friends of Eddie Coyle, by George V. Higgins, it's a great crime book. Joan Didion's essays or collected Joan Didion is terrific. Patricia Highsmith, The Ripley's series is great. True Grit! You've seen the movie, read the book. It is amazing, it is really amazing writing.
Paige: Not often, however, the "Positively primeval" line comes up now and then.
Have either of you ever had an interaction with your costumed counterparts at a Disney Park, without them knowing who you were, and how did that go?
When you recorded your roles, were you secluded from other members of the cast or did you ever get to record with them in the room as well?
I've noticed this question coming up again and again.
No. I don't think it's a sandwich. I don't think a hamburger is a sandwich either. The fact that it's in between bread--the bread is a delivery system, a ballistic delivery system. It is not a classic sandwich, in my view.
I mean, if you were to talk into any vendor of fine hot dogs, and ask for a hot dog sandwich, they would probably report you to the FBI. As they should.
Paige: Actually that has never happened, I think they know as soon as I walk in that it's me in the park. There was one girl who was a Belle character in the park who wanted to meet me and when we went to her boss's office for us to meet, she wouldn't come out of her Belle character! Finally she looked at her boss, and he told her it was ok to step out of character it was very sweet.
For recording, fortunately Robby, Richard and I all recorded together. Not the norm.
Any chance of Rogan being on an episode that has some sort of BJJ segment or theme?
Paige. You voiced my favorite Disney princess! Thank you for the memories. I currently have "Something There" now in my head.
Silly question but have you been to Disney World / Land lately? What's your favorite ride?
No. I'm not rolling with that guy, it hurts. He does not roll light, he goes really really hard. He's a neck cranker, by the way, and he's got bowling balls for arms, no visible neck, and he only rolls with no gi. So as much as I love the guy, I'll do anything with him; shoot animals in the brain, canoe trip, hot tubbing, whatever. But I'm not rolling with the guy.
Paige: My favorite ride my whole life has been Peter Pan. I was so thrilled when my friend Rob Marshall, the big star director now, said it was his favorite too! Stomach can't handle the rollercoasters. Also love Soaring.
Love No Reservations...yum...Balvenie...sooo good. is scotch your "go-to" drink?
It's my special event. You know there's always a special time for me where I move over to Scotch. Generally, when I'm in a philosophical, reflective, or otherwise bittersweet kind of a mood, when I'm drinking alone, listening to music by myself; you know, maybe before a holiday meal or something like that and I have company over. But it's not like every day. I'm a beer drinker, ordinarily. So if I'm drinking expensive whiskey, it's gonna be a special event.
If you could have dinner with any three people, alive or dead, who would they be?
Louise Brooks, Orson Welles, and James Angleton the former head of capital intelligence for the CIA. There's a couple of questions I'd like to ask him. They're all dead unfortunately.
Big fan. What is your favorite place to eat in Chicago?
I love Girl & the Goat, I love Avec, I really like that restaurant. Who is it, Johnnie's Beef? Good stuff. Any Chicago hot dog is the finest in the land, love that product.
I dunno, Girl & the Goat I really love.