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Director / CrewI'm Jason Liles, Ryuk from Netflix's Death Note movie. AMA!

Sep 5th 2017 by RealRyuk • 16 Questions • 54 Points

Hi Reddit! I am Natalia Segermeister, a DC immigration lawyer at The Visa Firm. As an attorney who advises on U.S. immigration law and deportation issues, I am disappointed with Trump’s decision to end DACA, an executive order issued by former President Obama. For more information, please read my blog posts here.

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Disclaimer: This post is not for legal advice nor does it create an attorney/client relationship. This post is not about retaining clients but is about providing information regarding the DACA and immigration law.

Thank you for all of your questions. It is now noon and I must eat and get to some legal work. I will probably check in some time this evening to answer a few more questions. I hope this has been of use to the Reddit community.

*Edited the "Dreamer's Act" line because this was not something that was typed by me and is not correct. I apologize for not catching this sooner. Credit to MinuteMinutiae for bringing it to my attention.

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What did you have for breakfast today?

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When was the last time you felt like a leaf on the wind? Also your acting in tucker and dale kills me. Bang up job, you're one of my favorites.


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There was an episode of House MD, where one of the patients was deaf and it alluded to conflicts about whether being deaf was a disability or something that made the patient unique. Have you seen it?

Also, just a fun story, an acquaintance once told me that he had a nephew with a cochlear implant, and he would just take it out whenever his parents or teachers would yell at him. I found that to be interesting.

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The DACA is supposed to end in 6 months if Congress can't find a more permenant solution. Any thoughts on alternatives? Do you think congress can even come up with a new solution? Or will this be another mess like the healthcare act?


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1 whole egg with 4 egg whites, a couple pieces of Trader Joe's black forest bacon, and steel cut oats.

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when I was nominated for the Emmy. It required a mantra to calm me down.


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I have not seen that episode. Now I want to watch it, lol. My son tends to pull them off when he wants to play on the swing set or whenever he's in the basement. He seems to think he needs to play without his "ears" on. He has started to get defensive when we try to adjust them on his head. He's tells us "no touch, leave it on". I

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I am not confident that Congress will get their act together, but I'm cautiously optimistic. My alternative would be something along the lines of 245(i) where we allow a path to permanent residency for Dreamers. I don't know how likely that is to happen. I never underestimate the power of Congress to bungle things, so it could be like healthcare.


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So obviously there is a path for an Doug Jones or Andy Circus but I'm curious what other skills go into a physical actors toolbox... such as dance, martial arts, yoga, clowning, etc. What best prepares you to take on another way of moving, different anatomy or physical presence?

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What instrument do you play for Hot Gazpacho?


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Is there a specific reasoning behind other deaf people's reticence to embrace the implants or is it just a 'there is nothing wrong with me to fix' type of thinking?

Have any of the people who were initially against the implant more interested now that they have more first hand experiance on how it works and how much of an impact it can have on one's life?

Last question: How hard it it to update the implant when technology advances? Does it require another surgery or can parts be retrofit to the existing system?

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Do you think if we allowed a path to citizenship it would embolden those who had previously thought about illegally immigrating to go ahead and do it?


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Great question! I asked myself this years ago when I decided to devote myself to these kinds of roles, for the time being. All of those help! Dance, martial arts, yoga, clowning. They are all tools that you can use to create a character. I look at a character three ways when I create one: vocally, physically, and psychologically. Doug Jones is a good friend of mine and I called him up when I got Ryuk and asked for advice. He's so humble he wouldn't give me any. "Oh child, you already know what to do. You don't need anything from me." But then he did think of something. He told me that even though my face and voice won't be on screen (like many roles Doug has played), you have to ACT as if they WILL be. How you talk informs your physicality and vice versa. It's all one package. I can't just create Ryuk physically. I have to create a full character. That's all Nat ever has to work off of, that's all that is on screen, and that sets the foundation, cadence, and rhythm for Willem to work off of. His voice is going to have to match my work on set in most places or it won't look right. So I don't think about "well this is just a physical role." I created Ryuk fully on set and let them use what they wanted. Ryuk's psychology and physicality came from the full character created and going after what Ryuk wants in the scenes and story.

That being said, I did have to study his physicality. I looked at the anime. I started at mimicry and embodied it to where I wasn't thinking about it anymore. Much like when learning to ride a bike or doing drills learning a new sport. It gets to where you don't think about it. You just do it. I get to that point by walking around as the character, living in his shoes. Then I can physically be him organically. His voice and psyche informs all of that too.

In a nutshell? Study all you can and pick up all the tools you can. Never just create one part of a character. You have to create one FULLY and then let them use what parts of your performance they want when editing it. So it's not that you're a "physical actor". You're an actor. And maybe your physicality is all that makes it on screen. :D

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Guitar but poorly so I need two to three guitars to drown out my chord heavy strumming.


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It's a bit of "we don't need to be fixed". It's also that they fear that technology will wipe out the future need for ASL.

My BIL is still against CIs but once we made amends he actually considered hearing aids. He's not a candidate for either though. My MIL ended up getting a hearing aid after not wearing one for 20 years. She did it for my son, which I love.

The internal piece is meant to last decades but if it fails then it would need to be replaced. The external piece( processor) is replaced about every 5 years. He would get the latest version.

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Not likely. I only say that because it depends on what you mean by "path to citizenship." An individual cannot become a citizen of the U.S. simply by applying. He or she must have five years of lawful permanent resident status, AKA LPR status or Green Card (or 3 years if LPR status was obtained through a U.S. citizen spouse); be at least 18 years old; as well as continuous residence in the U.S. for at least five years, have been physically present for at least 30 months out of the last five years; and possess good moral character. If you entered illegally, you still need to become a permanent resident. In order to become a permanent resident you must have someone petition for you. You can have a family member or an employer petition for you after you have entered illegally, but whether or not you meet the criteria for adjustment (applying for a Green Card inside of the U.S.) depends on who applied for you or whether you are eligible for a waiver of unlawful presence. So if you create a path to citizenship where you still need a petitioner, must meet certain criteria for presence, and pay a fine (or apply for a waiver) for your unlawful presence the barrier of entry still remains high.


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Did you see the anime/Were you satisfied with this adaptation?

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Hello Alan!

Loved you in Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. Can you share any interesting stories in the making of that seminal film?


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How silly is that argument.

Preserve a disability to save a language.

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I looked up the flowchart for citizenship when all this came up earlier this week. One of the steps in the flowchart is literally "Are you a person of good moral character? (Yes-continue) (NO-STOP You are not eligible for citizenship)".

lolwut. Who tf would answer "no" to that? Someone who should answer "no" would be the person to lie anyway!


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I binge watched the entire anime twice before I got on set. I LOVE it. I was satisfied with this adaptation! It's obviously SO different from the anime or manga. I like that about it! It's a completely different story, tone, the characters are different even if they have the same or similar names, and you don't know what's going to happen! I love the world the writers, producers, director Adam Wingard, and entire cast and crew created. Can we do better? Always! And I hope we get a chance to tell another story in the Death Note universe. No idea what that would be, whether a direct sequel or something else, but I'd love to see a new cast of characters at some point in a different city. Maybe even in a different time period! But of course Ryuk would be there ;D

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the seminal part was unforgettable.


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Cochlear implants isn't exactly a cakewalk but it will open a lot of doors for our child. I will say that ASL is a beautiful language. It's an extremely social language and they take a lot of pride in their culture. I personally think their aggressive behavior is actually pushing parents away from wanting to teach their CI children ASL.

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For naturalization purposes, good moral character is basically asking if during the 5 year period immediately preceding your application whether you violated any laws? If the answer is yes, then that person is ineligible to naturalize until they accrue five years of good moral character.


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Best 25 episodes of an anime ever

25 episodes.

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Please clear this up for me: are you British-American or American-British or Intergalactic-Chinois?


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I know that the implants really need to be implanted at a very young age otherwise your ability to learn spoken language is diminished, which is a huge reason many parents get the implants at such a young age. Would you be opposed to him deciding that he doesn't want to use the implants in the future?

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What happens to those who came from a country that don't exist anymore?


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I agree. Those last 12 were great, but man those first 25 are soooo good

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Texan.


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I wouldn't oppose it if he was old enough to understand what was is at stake. I honestly want him to be happy. He's doing really well with his CIs but if he wasn't doing as well then we would likely have him uses his CIs for environmental awareness. You hit the nail on the head with the importance of implanting early.

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It becomes the burden of the U.S. government to prove alienage and determine a country to which that person is able to be returned.


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I thought it was great to see you get top billing on the end credits of Death Note, what was it like working with Nat Wolff?

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I love Death at a Funeral. What was it like being directed by Yoda? Also, how did you end up getting cast in a primarily British film? (You were awesome, btw)


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Are you planning to teach him ASL? I took some ASL in high school, so I'm aware of many of the issues with them and the heated feelings that surround them. It often seemed as though loosing the deaf community and ASL were huge roadblocks to implant acceptance.

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You may wish to include a disclaimer like this to avoid running afoul of practice rules and to avoid misleading people.


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Nat was so much fun to work with! There's a great BTS photo the director tweeted of us hugging on set. And there's a funny video of us on set that I'm probably gonna post this or next week. He gave it his all and worked so hard. Everyone did. It was a blast to be his shinigami every day and would love to work with him again.

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I sent in an audition. Frank Oz championed me. It wasn't easy. One the best jobs I have ever had.


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Yes he is learning ASL. We have a lot of family members who rely on ASL. I know a lot of parents who let their CI children drop the ASL component. A lot of the children lose interest or the parents want to prevent them from being exposed to the anti cochlear toxic. I don't blame them. I really wish I could advocate more but I just don't want to align myself with the activists.

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Thanks so much. Good looking out.


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Cake or pie?

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Why did all those college kids keep killing themselves on your land?


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As being deaf myself, Is there a chance that if i had kids in the future, they can be deaf due to passing down same genes?

I was born deaf and got a cochlear implant when i was two and currently in college. From my understanding, it was a genetic fuck up that made me deaf as no other family or relatives are born deaf. It was interesting to hear your side of having a deaf family and they being opposed to the CI's while i am the only one.

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If a DACA recipient's work authorization expires after next march with no renewal and they get married to a US citizen afterwards (assuming legit marriage) can they still adjust their status while in the US?


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Pie! Pecan. :D

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rewatch it. mainly they are stupid. they followed a killers instructions mainly. also stupid.


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It depends on the gene. Recessive gene would mean that your partner would need the same gene to create a deaf child. For dominate it only takes 1 parent to pass the gene.

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That depends on how they entered the U.S. If you are a Dreamer who overstayed a visa then you were admitted meaning that you can adjust in the U.S. when you are petitioned by your spouse. If you are a Dreamer and while you had DACA you applied for Advance Parole and now have a lawful admission, then again, yes you can apply to adjust. However, if you entered without inspection at the border and do not have a lawful entry, then your spouse can petition for you, then you must apply for a waiver of unlawful presence, and leave the U.S. for your immigrant visa interview. This is assuming you are otherwise admissible to the U.S.


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What do you think of the anime? How do you feel about the differences between them? Thanks

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Hi! What was your experience like working with Shia LaBeouf and the other actors on Transformers: Dark of the Moon?


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As a deaf teenager starting university next year, I'm really glad you decided to have your son implanted with CI at very young age because you'll faster at young age right? I was born deaf and received CI at the age of 2 3/4 on the left side. Stuck with hearing on the left side only until last year where I got my second CI on my right side.

I started speaking with my own voice. I learnt Australian sign language (Auslan) a bit but kinda gave up because I was waaaaay too used to speaking because I'm always surrounded with hearing people. Sometimes I regret not knowing or understand Auslan. Also, I didn't really take part of deaf community because I feel like I just simply don't belong in there. I'm sure your son absolutely wouldnt have problem with that.

Make sure you take your son to a school that have benefits for child with disabilities. They are really helpful, respectful and great guidance for the future. Without that, I wouldnt be a top student in every class. The nice thing that one of my teacher said was that she never ever would call 'deaf' a disability. It warmed my heart.

The important thing for your son to learn is that DON'T LET THE DEAFNESS STOP YOU.

Best of luck for the future!

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what will these changes really mean?


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I LOVE the anime. It's SOOOO good. I really like the differences! They could have tried to make it exactly like the anime, but then you'd know everything that was going to happen and we'd just be making Death Note 2.0 and remaking all these already perfect scenarios. Same story and just slightly different. I like that it is COMPLETELY different in tone, story, characters, everything. You have no idea what's going to happen, what choices the characters will make. It is its own thing entirely. I'm interested to see what we could do for a sequel or another "Death Note" story maybe with entirely different characters (but with Ryuk of course haha). We'll just see! What did YOU think about the differences? :D

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We got along. I had a blest on that. I know there are crazy stories about many of the people on that movie but my experience was lovely.


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Thank you for that advice. I don't get to meet a lot of young adults who were implanted young. Have you considered working with Cochlear to be a resource for parents? I'm assuming you have Cochlear since you live in Australia.

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It means thousands of young people who came out of the shadows to apply for DACA will now live in fear and legal limbo.


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The shift in tone was a bit shocking in the sense that it hit me all at once how "light" it was going to be as opposed to the dark nature of the anime. I didn't like that light's character was both a panicky kid but also clever enough to pull off the finale it didn't seem to make sense for him to be both. I really enjoyed the twist on misa's character. Thanks for the reply!

Edit: spelling

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Was going to Julliard worth it?


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Is this community attitude regional, or is it generally accepted among deaf people worldwide? Have you considered moving to an area where this is not an issue among the deaf community there (if there are such places)?

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are they now criminals? and were they before?


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Great points! Yeah the shift in tone is SO different. I think that's a big shock for a lot of people. But I like that they created something so different from what we would have expected. I think we just can't compare them, ya know? The anime is awesome and it's own thing and Netflix's film is it's own thing entirely as well. I appreciate them both for exactly what they are :D

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Absolutely. All my accents have benefitted from their dogged pursuit of vocal perfection. Hated it while I was doing it but have used it throughout my career.


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From what I know it's pretty common in countries that have access to cochlear implants. I know for sure that deaf communities in the Europe, Australia and even Mexico are pretty against it. Its the communities that rely solely on sign language.

Edit to answer the last question: The deaf community is spread out all across the country. They do a lot of FaceTime these days. Back in the day, you either traveled to see them or used the TTY to communicate. I ended up leaving my job that worked with Deaf coworkers a few months before my sons surgery. That's how I took myself out of the deaf community.

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Well unlawful presence is an immigration violation, meaning it is a civil offense not a criminal offense. That is why there is no right to a government provided attorney during immigration removal proceedings. These Dreamers are just back to where they were before, but in fear because they have exposed themselves by applying for work authorization.


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How did you go from doing short films to performing in full, expensive feature films?

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Any chance we can hear your velvety voice in Wreck It Ralph Two?


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What other taboos are there in the community that you don't agree with, or outsiders might find strange?

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Arizona resident here. I haven't done much research but it really sounds like border states could be affected heavily by this decision. Does this mean that immigrants once protected by the DACA will now have to leave their jobs?


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I did shorts for years. Got better and better, fell flat on my face and learned, and just got tons of experience on set. I made relationships with people at the SFX makeup shops in Hollywood and they brought me in for Ryuk. I didn't expect to have it happen as soon as it did, less than a year after moving to LA. I just did all I could every day as the "CEO of my own business", introduced myself to people, and just went after it with everything I got. AND I prepared every day as if the biggest call of my life was the next day so I'd be ready. 99% of the time there was no call, but then the call for Ryuk came outta nowhere

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they have stated I am their lucky charm. I won't argue. Why would I? So it could be likely.


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It's mostly the way they try to dictate how parents raise their kids. It's usually the vocal activists who try to interject. One taboo I've noticed is that you leave your hearing aids at home when you're at deaf events. Hearing aids have a love/hate relationship in the deaf community. A lot of them think it's not for kids.

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Not necessarily. The work authorizations that remain valid (to date) allow the recipient to continue working legally. However, some employers may be motivated to fail to give promotions or raises to those who will soon lose work authorization.


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Did you act out all the dialogue like David Prowse did in Star Wars?

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I always wanted to know how to properly pronounce your name. Thanks! Do you get that a lot?


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are there any major threads of disagreement with regards to teaching sign languages other than ASL, or neutral words with offensive signs that people disagree about whether to change?

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I read that if people applied for renewal before the Tuesday, even if they weren't due for renewal yet, that they would still be evaluated. Is that the case? If so, why if there has been no ruling as of yet?


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Yes I did! Even though I knew my voice and face would be replaced, I knew I had to bring Ryuk to life fully (vocally, physically, psychologically) as if it WOULD be my face and voice in the final film. That's all anyone has to work off of on set and that sets the foundation for what Willem does when coming in in post-production to provide facial performance-capture and voice. Your voice informs your physicality and vice versa. If I just focused on physicality and "watched myself" doing it, it wouldn't look right. It would look face and paper thin. I had to create him fully in every way

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yes. it's not a common name


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Deaf folks tend to use Facebook. They like to use the term Audism or Audists to describe a person who thinks being deaf is a bad thing. Technically I would be considered an Audists because I implanted my child. I hate that word.

The sign "cochlear implant" is used with a bent "v" to the head which implies a level of hostility. To give you an idea... A bent "v" to the neck means Vampire. There is discussion that it's more appropriate to sign it with a "u" to the head. The letters refer to the signed alphabet.

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If a DACA recipient applied for renewal that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, their applications will be adjudicated. However, these DACA recipients must move fast because the deadline is October 5, 2017. USCIS is still sticking to its processing times so decisions on renewals is not made immediately.


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Way to go for 'keeping at it' after being told no.

What would you change about your performance of Ryuk if it were up to you?

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Hi Alan,

Big fan of Strangers with Candy, How was your experience working with Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert.. etc?

Thank you Father!


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Heh. I've been a hearing signer for over a decade, and I never made the connection until you just said that. Wow. So culturally Deaf people are vaguely hinting "vampire" when they sign that someone has a cochlear implant... completely missed that.

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I'm sorry I didn't clarify. I meant those that are due to expire after March.


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Hmmmm that's tough. I honestly don't think anything. When you're filming a scene you try so many things and they choose the take they like best. No two takes are ever the exact same. So I do all I can to bring him to life on set, take direction, and then THEY choose what to put in the film. I love everything they did with Ryuk in this and I don't think I'd change anything about Ryuk. I learned a ton on this film and even more since then about bringing a character to life so I know how to create one even "better" and more fully now. It's a constant process. And I've gotten much better at BEING a character rather than ACTING LIKE a character. So I'd apply that experience and knowledge of how to really BE a character if I got a chance to play Ryuk again and just try to breathe even more life into him.

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I learned so much. I knew Amy from a few plays we did together back in the day. Colbert was always intimidating to me. He is so damned impressive. Amy too but Amy is Amy. I knew her ahead of time.


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That's what I've seen on FB. A lot of the neutral Deaf want to change it. My mother in law told me about it changing the sign.

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Those whose work authorizations will expire after March 5, 2018 are out of luck, unfortunately. They will only have work authorization until their validity period expires.


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How does the audition process go for non-human roles? Is it like a very disturbing America's Next Top Model?

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Alan, thank you for all the work you've done, ranging from Firefly, to Tucker and Dale, Dodgeball, Moana, etc etc.

I was wondering which voice acting role you found the most challenging in your career?


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Hi u/ahavahlove,

I just read through your AMA about your son's CI and it interested me a lot as I also wear CIs, although they are much older. However, I am sure wether or not you will answer my comment as it's been ten hours already since you started your AMA. I guess I'll post it and cross my fingers.

First of all, I am quite surprised by how similar the deaf people's community's reaction you encountered to what my parents encountered, even if I would say it was not as extreme. t ranged from disappointment to mild disapproval and hostility. I guess not having other actually deaf people in my family helped ease the decision.

I also wanted to say I consider your son has something I could say I am jealous of. He has closely related deaf people. With the years, I have lost more and more contact with my local community, so even if I learned LSQ (Quebec signed language) when I was a kid, I lack practice and am not fluent anymore. I have forgotten a lot of signs over the last decade and would hardly be able to discuss with anyone in LSQ. You could say I am what the deaf community feared I'd become, which kinda sucks Thus, I feel like he might have some sort of luck: he will never lose that part of himself.

Something else. Have you heard of FM systems? If yes, sorry for wasting your time and interfering in what doesn't really concern me. If not, it's definitely worth taking a look. It's some sort of emmitter-receiver system which I mostly use in school to help me undrstand the teacher when there's loud noise in the classroom. If found it extremely helpful when, for instance, there was chatter and such. It has the advantage of being extremely simple of use and being undisturbing (english is not my native language, so I do not know if this word exists, but I am too lazy to chech out, sorry) for the other regular students. There is also a similar system used for TV. Mind you, I live in a country where this is all paid by the government, so it might not be as adfordable where you live.

What implant model does your son use? I have one Platinum and one Naida ( by Advanced Bionics).

Did he say how he felt when he first wore his CIs? For me, it sounded a bit like morse code (edit : dumb me, he didn't hear anything before)

Finally, how well does he cope with the whole thing? Since it's been something like 18 years since my first implant, I have somewhat lost the novelty feeling, so I'm interested by his reaction.

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Will recipients of DACA be asked to leave the country immediately?


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A lot of times the casting decision goes to the SFX makeup shop. If they're looking for something SO specific that a casting call wouldn't find many, production leaves it up to them. That's how I got the Halo Wars 2 commercials. The shop knew me and recommended me as the best for the job. Ryuk was a legit audition though: a couple pages of the script with a couple scenes, dialogue and all. Go into a casting office with an appointment, they tape your audition, and send it to the producers/director. And I've never encountered ANYTHING disturbing in an audition. Often the best and worst you get is "Great. Thanks." and that's it. I've been on a couple hundred auditions and I've never been thrown out of a room or yelled at or anything. Everyone is generally extremely professional. And the casting process for Ryuk was one of the best and most enjoyable I've ever experienced. AMAZING casting office and so loving and supportive

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wish I knew. They all have their own challenges. Disney is really relaxed though so they are supportive of everything I do. Feels like that anyway. Con MAn. season one maybe. We walked a thin line with the stereotypical Vo roles. It was meant to be perceived as racist so I really had to push it to make the comedy work. It is one of my favorite episodes.


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I recommend you take at least 3 years of college level classes if you want to become fluent in ASL.

We plan to use the FM system when he goes to school. It wild definitely help him a lot.

My son wears the Nadia's q90. He was 10 months activated and didn't really react to sounds until about 1 week after activation.

He's really rough with his CIs. Used to pull them off when he was bored. We often had to keep him busy to get him to keep them on. Now he wears them all day and asks for them in the morning.

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In order to be removed, one must be placed in removal proceedings or be apprehended by ICE and asked if they want to return voluntarily. The Trump administration may certainly ask, but whether DACA recipients will comply is a different issue. They have a right to go before an Immigration Judge.


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I always wanted to know why Ryuk likes apples... and do you?!

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Alan, if you could green light any personal passion project, what would it be? And whom would you work with?


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What is your plan for school? School for the Deaf? Mainstreaming? Something else?

I was born deaf. My parents learned to sign, although they mostly wanted me to be oral. I spoke and heard with my hearing aids while being mainstreamed. As an adult, I threw out my hearing aids and stopped talking. A lot of people were like "But your parents spent hours teaching you to talk and hear! You're just going to throw that out!?" I'm grateful for what they did for me, but I'm mostly grateful that they gave me a choice. That choice is worth so much more than if they only gave me sign or only gave me speaking and listening skills. I think you're doing the right thing for your son.

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My 24 year old girlfriend is under the DACA program. She came here when she was 4 and she did not come in with a visa, they brought her in illegally. The question now is, if we get married, how hard will it be for her to get a green card or what would be the next steps in order to legalize her?


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I can answer that! In the manga and anime Ryuk explains to Light. He says in the human realm they are so much juicier than in the shinigami realm and that to him they are like what cigarettes are to humans. They are just that tasty :D

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I have to get back to you on that. I am about to do a play on Broadway written by Steve Martin. That feels like it.


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He is starting a DHH preschool in a week. They do a lot of oral components but they also teach ASL. We plan on mainstream unless he is demonstrating a visual need. I think having oral skills is invaluable to finding a job. I used to work as an employment specialist for the deaf and it was extremely hard to find employment for the ASL only folks. It was really heartbreaking to see. My clients that were able to lipread or speak some were so easy to find jobs for. This was partially the reason we decided CIs. Thank you for being so kind.

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If someone was brought to the U.S. without inspection, a U.S. citizen spouse may petition for them. After approval of the petition that person must request a waiver by demonstrating that the U.S. citizen spouse will suffer extreme hardship if the intending immigrant is not permitted to return after their immigrant visa interview or if the U.S. citizen goes to live with the intending immigrant to the country of origin. Once the extreme hardship waiver is granted, the intending immigrant applies for an immigrant visa and goes to their interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. The intending immigrant leaves the U.S. with the waiver approval in hand so that he or she does not trigger the 3-year or 10-year bar. After the interview and approval, the intending immigrant reenters and receives his or her Green Card in the mail.


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Oh shit a Rampage movie?!?! :D

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How does it feel being one of the most handsome actors in the business?

(You were totally my teen crush)


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Saw a post on tumblr the other day about this old woman. She hadn't spoken to anybody in thirty years because nobody in her life knew sign language. She was so thrilled to finally be able to chat up a variety store clerk.

Do you worry that one day your son might not have access to a deaf community?

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Are there any legal avenues available for those previously protected by DACA other than citizenship? Or is citizenship the only way to fully protect yourself as it currently stands?


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Which business are you referring to? Nice of you to say. Thank you.


Q:

No.. his generation will be much more accepting than my generation. I think he will do fine with peers. I do fear him being exposed the negativity of the older generations.

A:

I have found that my DACA clients fall into certain categories of relief. Some can be petitioned by family members, others are in danger if they return and are now presenting claims for asylum, and others are eligible for Cancellation of Removal for Certain Nonpermanent Residents. However, that last one can only be solicited while in removal proceedings.


Q:

Favorite movie of all time? If you can't decide one, give your top 5

A:

Hi. What would be your dream film project?


Q:

Ive tryed to study a little ASL because my hearing is just going to continue to degrade. And with it all the cultural stuff you learn along with it. Much of the deaf dont really see it as an impairment, at least within their own communities. It probably stems from problems associated with being around the hearing.

That 'negative vibe' within the hearing isn't going to go away. I deal with it often enough. " shun, because I'm being shunned" not sure if it's defeatism or what. But it's fustrating on both sides of comunication.

It really is so much damn better to be able to partake in conversations. They may not agree with your decision, but your kid will be happy. And will be accepted by both the hearing and nonhearing (assuming he continues learning ASL)

A:

Could be mistaken but doesn't Asylum need to be applied for within a year of arrival? Is there a way around that if a year has already passed?


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Ah jeez yeah I can't decide. I don't know if these are my top 5 ever, but 5 of my fav films for sure and some that inspired me greatly:

  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Once
  • The Dark Knight
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • There Will Be Blood

There are so many more that need to be mentioned haha but those are 5 of the first ones I could think of

How about you?

A:

Serenity .05 - they early years where e everyone looks older


Q:

Thank you, we wanted to give him the best of both worlds.

A:

Yes, there are exceptions to the asylum one-year deadline. If there were changed conditions in the country of origin that now makes the country unsafe for that individual; if there were changes in the applicant's personal circumstances that now place him or her in danger; if the applicant possessed a legal disability (under 18 years old); or if the applicant had status and did not apply for that reason.


Q:

Superb choices. I'd have to say the Godfather, Argo, the dark knight, night of the generals and the last LOTR movie.

A:

Helloo, so what is the thing most people say who recognize you, so I can avoid it if I should ever get so lucky? "Hey, aren't you the dude from firefly?" And what would you prefer? Gimme some tips for the least-annoyance factor please.


Q:

I think the internet/social media/tv have exposed this new generation and the last generation to many more minority groups than ever before. So many of the past generations hid people away when they were slightly different. It is fascinatingly disturbing.

Only semi-related, but I listened to a podcast by Radiolab about blind people and how they get isolated because people want to do everything for them instead of letting them fail and learn. It was mostly about echolocation, which is used by a very very minuscule section of the blind community, but it was interesting at least to hear their theories of why the blind community is so unemployed and isolated.

A:

I'm an attorney in Texas. I interned at two different immigration clinics in law school, primarily assisting with VAWA and asylum cases. I'd like to offer limited scope representation to help people affected by DACA. Do you have any advice for me? The immigration clinics I contacted want more of a time commitment than I can provide at this time.


Q:

Ah crap see!! So many I wasn't thinking about. Also remembered Alien, Terminator 2, the LOTR trilogy was HUGE for me (Fellowship is actually my fav; need to rewatch them though)

A:

Say Con Man. I will love you more.


Q:

The difference with the deaf community is that they have a very strong and thriving community with their own language. Interestingly the Deaf community only accounts for 1-2% of the hearing loss population.

A:

Have you reached out to AILA? That would be my first stop especially in Texas.


Q:

So how did they film your scenes? William Dafoe whom is awesome as the voice of Ryuk. Did they pre-record his voice and you acted out the scenes or did he do the recording work afterwards?

A:

Did anyone explicitly ask you to reprise your role as K-2SO when directing you on The Tick as the rogue boat companion of Overkill?

I got a very similar vibe from both roles.


Q:

Great question! Willem did the recording after we filmed. I was the only Ryuk on set. Even though I knew my face and voice wouldn't end up in the film, I had to act and prepare as if they WOULD be in the final film. That's all the cast and crew had to work with on set, all Nat ever had to work off of as Light, and it set the foundation on screen for what Willem would do in post-production. My friend Doug Jones pointed that out when I called him before going to Canada to film. He's played several roles like that (Hellboy I, Pan's Labyrinth, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) and it was very helpful to hear. We filmed in Vancouver from the end of June to the beginning of September. Ten weeks. Then a couple months after director Adam Wingard had cut together his film Willem came in and provided Ryuk's facial performance-capture and the voice.

When creating a character I focus on the main three ways an actor brings a character to life: vocally, physically, and psychologically. Our voice informs our physicality and vice versa. How you talk affects how you move, think, and those both affect how you talk. They are all 3 parts moving together as one. So if I just focused on the physical aspect or just the voice, it wouldn't come off as a real character. It would seemed forced and wouldn't read organically. It also helps on set when you know you're gonna tag in Willem Dafoe to finish up the work later haha he's a beast, a master of his craft, and I hope he and I get a chance to play Ryuk together again.

A:

me too. it wasn't till I watched it. they are very different in my head. I got to improve more in Rogue. The Tick is tighter on lines. I am voicing over after hey have already shot the scene. There isn't any reason to MoCap so I am not there when they film to add my two cents.


Q:

Do you have any interest in your voice or face being in films, or do you prefer physical-only roles?

A:

Which bawk was your favorite bawk to bawk when you were bawking for Moana?


Q:

That's a great question! That is a goal for sure. I started in theater in college including comtemporary plays and classical plays like Shakespeare's Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. I'd love to not be in hours of makeup or creature suits weighing up to 160 lbs (Atriox on the Halo Wars 2 commercials weighed 160 lbs total) and just play a human. A few years ago it dawned on me being 6'9" that my best way into Hollywood would be roles in SFX makeup and performance-capture. Becoming world class in those roles and getting my name out there that way first. Roles where my height is an advantage and helps me get roles rather than hurts my chances. The truth is unless I have an Oscar or an amazing relationship with a director or producer I'm probably not going to be looked at for a "normal" human role being 6'9" at this point in my career. Maybe next year when Rampage comes out? Who knows? Right now my height is going to have to be justified in the character until I get established enough in Hollywood or get a break. I ran into this in theater in NY as well. If the role isn't written to be tall, then I'm not getting called in. They're not gonna put me next to a 5'5" girl and be a foot and a half taller for no reason, ya know?

I LOVE the roles I have gotten so far. I think they're some of the coolest roles in the scripts. I've had the time of my life being them. But it seems that some people see what you've done and think that's all you can do. When in reality if I can bring a shinigami to life or a gorilla (in Rampage) and do it believably, I'd imagine I can probably play a human haha if I can play another species, I can probably play our own. I've done both and take it from me: other species are harder haha. I have some plans working toward that, but I'm trying establish myself as one of the best in "creature" roles first to get my name out there. Which is working better than I imageined between Death Note and Rampage. Plus how many near 7-foot-tall human roles can you think of in film history? There aren't many. Especially of any real quality. Usually they're a gimmick for one scene or something. But I have some plans I'm working on ;)

A:

the middle one. The one right int he middle


Q:

Man, I'm having a hard time trying to figure out what to ask. All my most pressing questions have already been answered. For lack of something better to ask, what song do you think Ryuk would like better than apples (if he likes apples in the movie still; I plan to watch it tonight)?

A:

Hi Alan! I'm curious, what is your go-to comfort food?


Q:

What song I think Ryuk would like better than apples? Probably something by David Bowie haha at least for the version of Ryuk we created. And I'm sure you found out after watching it, but Ryuk still very much loves apples. How could he not? :D

A:

nachos.


Q:

Do you prefer the Netflix or original death note?

A:

What is the longest amount of time you have spent on a set to get a seemingly inconsequential shot?


Q:

I think this is where some people are getting caught up. We don't have to choose! :D I love both. I REALLY love the anime for what it is and I really love the movie for what it is. I'm of course at least somewhat biased having worked on the film. Watching scenes I have so many memories come back of amazing times on set and it was my first big movie. But we don't have to choose. We can watch both! :D and I honestly think both could be better. We can always improve and always do better

A:

The obstacle course in season two. It was expensive and took TIME to build. We shot half of what we had to play with. Wah wah


Q:

What are your thoughts on the (stupid) Death Note "Whitewashing" (Sigh, it's not "Whitewashing" but it seems I have to use that word.) "controversy"?

There is a lot of punctuation in this question but apparently, it helps display my laughable attempt at anger. :~P

A:

Do you feel like your life closely resembles Wray Nerely? I would like to think you're a bit more popular than that lol. I loved the short stint you did on Arrested Development. And of course Firefly and Tucker and Dale.


Q:

I never thought it was whitewashing. It's adapted to America where there are all kinds of races and I think it fits to make that accurate in the film. If it had been set in Japan and had the same cast? That, in my opinion, would be whitewashing. And of course there are about 20 hours of live action Death Note in Japanese between the live action series and films. I never thought much about it. I just did my job as best I could :D

A:

My career is much better than Wray Nerely's. I did a small role in Rogue One as a Emperial pilot. It was one scene. They were going to credit me as Wray Nerely. The scene was cut - that is a total Wray Nerely career turn. He gets in one of the best sc-fi franchises of all time and he gets cut.


Q:

What was the Death Note set like to work on?

A:

Hi Alan! Thanks for doing this. My question is, what was your favorite voice acting role and why?

...Also we share the same birthday and I think that's pretty cool.


Q:

Seriously SO much fun. Quite a dream for me really. Playing such a beloved character in my first big film on Netflix and everything. Plus I got to quit my job at Outback Steakhouse days before flying to Canada for 3 months. So that added to it haha everyone was awesome on set

A:

March 16th! very auspicious if I do say so mine self. King Candy was my favorite. They really let me play and the character had a hell of an arc.


Q:

Hahaha this is brilliant to hear, congratuwelldone again, you really did a good job on the film! :~)

A:

How did you get into character for your roles in Moana?


Q:

Thanks so much!!

A:

I lived in a chicken coop fro a month learning the ways of the chicken.


Q:

What is the least exaggerated yet most unbelievable story that has happened to you while at a con? If that's too specific, weirdest real thing that's happened because you're a celebrity?

Thanks so much for Firefly and Con Man- both have been a great source of entertainment and joy in my life. I would probably faint if I ever met you, but I'll stop the fanboying while I still have some dignity.

A:

I had a girl come into my room on accident. I answered the door and she came in not looking at me bitching about how her key doesn't work. I think she was drunk.


Q:

Alan, congratuations on your (and Mindy's) Emmy nomination! I'm pulling for you both. There's a line in Con Man about reddit. My question is, do you browse reddit on a regular basis? If so, what always gets Alan Tudyk's upvote?

A:

I don't Reddit so much. I am always distracted by newsie things. That is a deep hole to travel down.


Q:

Do you enjoy watching movies with yourself in them, or have you given up on watching any movies ever?

A:

Nah. I will with my wife if she hasn't seen it. Sometimes I turn on HBO or sorting and one is running and I will stay on it to watch. Firefly is the exception. I am not watching me I am watching the show. SO cool.


Q:

I know you have been a fan Halo. Any plans on playing Destiny 2? Bonus points for playing in a group with Nathan, Nolan, and Gina.

A:

No. If they call I will come.


Q:

Any plans for Con Man Season 3 yet? Or is it a wait-and-see thing with Syfy? The season 2 cliffhanger got me right in the feels.

A:

Season three I think depends on the response of seasons one and two. If a ton of people tune in and also watch on the SyFy website it should be a green light.


Q:

Whats the funniest "oh shit, I fucked up" thing that's ever happened to you in your career?

A:

when I set out to write all episode son season one of Con Man and Direct all epodes of season one of Con Man, also when I set out to produce all episodes of Con Man and when I set out to act as the lead of all episodes of season one of Con Man simultaneously.


Q:

Kraft reviewer?

Please provide your views on Velveeta.

PS You did a very nice job on Rogue One.

A:

Thanks on Rogue. Velveeta too velvety for me. I like a polyester cheese sometimes wool.


Q:

Hi. I was wondering what some of your toughest challenges were working on Con Man as a writer, director and actor simultaneously for the first time?

And congrats on your Emmy nomination-it's a brilliant show and well deserved by such an under appreciated actor.

A:

Thank you. The toughest challenge was doing all those jobs at once. It took up every inch of my brain. I was like a broken robot that could only compute one thing. It changed my life. In a good way. I am so aware of peoples contribution to any project. Cut, crew, crafty, transpo etc....


Q:

Hi Alan, I wanted to tell you that you absolutely made the Dallas Fan Expo worth it for me. I wasn't that excited to go honestly, was more supporting my friend, and I had heard Saturday was an absolute crowded mess. I went Sunday and accompanied my friend in line for her to get your autograph and you were just so kind and friendly. I didn't want to take up your time because I didn't even pay for anything, I was just standing there, but you still talked to both of us and were incredibly nice, we talked about the Firefly board game and such. I was disappointed when we couldn't get in to the packed Mark Hamill/Kevin Conroy Q&A, but making it to your Q&A made me not mind so much. You were hilarious and really good with the audience, just made the entire day and ticket price worth it.

How do you keep your energy up at conventions like that? Three manic days, going to events at the con, maybe seeing friends and family while you're in your hometown area... I would be grouchy as hell and really not into talking to long lines of people. How do you maintain a positive attitude like that and keep so engaged with fans?

A:

I learned form the best. Nathan Fillion. Also it helps to be genuinely happy to meet people. I hear great stories. Fans have changed my life for the better. There is a natural appreciation that comes with that.


Q:

Hi Alan, I know this subject is beyond beating a dead horse but is there anything Firefly-related for you in the future (as in prequel related)?

A:

I hope for a prequel but animated. That is doable and can be good.


Q:

Have you fonged anyone lately?

A:

I can't afford the jail time.


Q:

Who was your favorite character to voice and why was it Hei Hei?

A:

It was a specific silly challenge. It was ridiculously fun


Q:

Hi, Alan!

Long time listener, first time caller.

What do you look for in a script when considering a part? Which character would you most like to play again?

A:

Wash. Wray Nerely. It's a toss up for obvious reasons. I like writing and directing. Wash because he's Wash.


Q:

My daughter wants to be Moana for Halloween and her little brother wants to be Hei Hei. What tips can you give him to get into character?

A:

I can tell him not to eat rocks. Learn to send his eyes in opposite directions


Q:

Why do I cry every time I hear the phrase, "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar"?

A:

because Joss is a brilliant writer and has a lot of practice killing your favorite characters.


Q:

You're a pieces?

A:

Did I spell it wrong? I am fish.


Q:

Hi Alan, did you get the inspiration for Hot Gazpacho from your medium-long walks among potatoes and beets?

A:

Try it. You will see.


Q:

I love you, do you love me too?

A:

of course. I will always remember that week-end in Zanzibar.


Q:

I'm excited for the Con Man marathon this Saturday night on Syfy. The gospel of Wray Nerely needs to be spread. Since they're just showing season 1, do you know yet if season 2 will be another marathon? Or are there plans for both seasons to air on a weekly basis?

A:

Yes, season 2 marathon is in October right before NYC Comicon. I am not in control if when it is shown and how much is shown - which is actually a good thing since it would probably preempt every show on SyFy upsetting a larger percentage of SyFy fans


Q:

kittens or puppies and why?

A:

puppies. I have two and they rule. me. they rule me.


Q:

Hi Alan?

A:

Yes, calgil.


Q:

Favorite dinosaur?

A:

T-Rex. He's such a dick it's funny.


Q:

Thank you for the entertainment!

Can you come to Boise, ID, so we can take a medium-short to medium-long walk through a field of tuberous potatoes while I wax rhapsodic about how you are one of the few celebrities that I would really care to meet?

I promise to only look at you semi-longingly.

A:

ha ha


Q:

Hi Alan, huge fan here!

What is your biggest fear?

A:

Nothing. I fear nothing. Not even death. You hear me God. Do your worst. Ha ha ha ha! I laugh in your undefinable face! I am most afraid of repercussions of what I have just written


Q:

What was your favorite bit part you ever played but never got credited for?

A:

I don't think I was credited as playing the Mayor in the Rick and MOrty I did. I did two roles.


Q:

What is your favourite TV guest appearance you've made?

A:

My favorite guest appearance on Con Man was Stan Lee. I mean come on how cool is that. For me, it has yet to come out I filmed it two weeks ago.


Q:

Hi Alan! Phenomenally huge fan. Got any tips on widening my character voice repertoire?

A:

I found my way in through theater. The roles tending to be varied and with a long run I was able to perfect accents and the like.


Q:

Alan, as someone who has worn many hats in the industry, and to someone who is very new to a very small part of the industry, what sets apart a good producer from lackluster or terrible ones? From both the point of view of crew and talent as well?

Also, where can I get some sweet shirts like Wash had?

A:

You need to have a way with people more or less. Know hen to stay out of the way and when to share your opinions. Terrible ones undermine the creative process. The Wash shirts belong to Fox. They aren't very cooperative.


Q:

Alan! Do you have any other pet projects coming down the pipeline? Also, was Amy Acker the first choice for Dawn? Any basis in reality there?

A:

Yes. absolutely. Amy Acker is one of the best actresses working today. I am sorry to skip some questions I am trying to get all the con man questions. I'll come back for some.


Q:

What would be the title of Hot Gazpacho's hit song?

A:

86 Gazpacho


Q:

If you could instantly become a master at any skill, trade or discipline, what would that be?

A:

Piano. Oh the music I could make.


Q:

Alan,

Who would win in a fight: Sean Astin or Nathan Fillion?

A:

Fillion. He has the reach and size advantage. It would be a blood bath or a puss shower


Q:

What things can a director do to make an actor's job easier? On the other end, what can a director do to make your life more difficult on-set or in pre-production?

A:

On Con Man I found that in all areas of production it was best to collaborate not to dictate. Except with budget people. Their job is to dictate to you. With them I pushed back. Also have fun. Have fun pushing back on the $ guys.


Q:

Hi Alan! My son Zander and daughter Kaeli are big fans. Would you mind saying hello to them? It would really make their day!

A:

Hello you two. Your names remind me of a couple of characters I know. Have a great day.