Comic-Con 2011: FX's 'Archer' brings the raunch
In his many voiceover roles, H. Jon Benjamin has played a spy ("Archer"), a frustrated burger chef ("Bob's Burgers"), a soccer coach ("Home Movies") and a little boy (also "Home Movies"), among others. Thursday afternoon at Comic-Con, he tried to play the role of insurrectionist.
Late in the "Archer" panel, a fan asked about the possibility of a feature film about Archer, Lana and the rest of the agents of ISIS. "Archer" creator Adam Reed said he considers the idea all the time, but "The trick has been getting FX to even entertain the thought of considering it. I get the, 'Well, we'll see. When you're 12, we'll talk about getting a pony."
Reed then pointed out a handful of FX execs sitting in the front row and said, "Don't let 'em leave until they agree to do it."
And then Benjamin smiled maliciously and barked, "There's thousands of you against them!"
The fans didn't exactly need Benjamin to incite them to riot. They were already primed to demonstrate their love of the show with the episode FX screened, which will be airing Sept. 15. (FX is airing a three-episode mini-arc in the fall to wrap season 2. The DVD will then come out on Dec. 27, and season 3 will debut sometime in January.) Titled "Heart of Archness, Part 1," it picks up where the last episode left off, with Archer dealing with the murder of his fiancee in a very Archer way - which ultimately involves sharks, pirates and guest stars Patrick Warburton and David Cross.
The crowd whooped and hollered throughout the episode (the mere sound of Warburton's voice created a reaction that drowned out a good 10 seconds of dialogue that followed), and the actors - Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer and Amber Nash - all soaked up their fair share of applause as they took the stage, with Benjamin standing on a chair and raising his arms in triumph to extend his moment.
Moderator Todd VanDerWerff from The AV Club opened things up by asking the actors if there was ever any material that they were initially too horrified to say. The game-for-anything cast couldn't come up with many examples, until it was Benjamin's turn.
"I was pretty offended by the really long anti-Semitic rant that Adam wrote for this episode," he began, as Tyler buried her face in her hands to try to control her laughter, "that was fortunately cut out. And I had a hard time saying all that stuff, but I did it as a favor. You missed it. It was after the Hitler mention. There was a whole long thing... It was a good portion of 'Mein Kampf.'"
On the subject of season 3, Reed promised "Bigger and better adventures. Hopefully some outer space. Morocco has been bandied about repeatedly." After some heckling from his actors, he admitted "'Almost as good as season 2' is what we're shooting for."
During the fan Q&A, Benjamin was unsurprisingly asked to recreate Archer's "Danger zone!" catchphrase. He was at first reluctant, then tried to act like he didn't know how to set it up, at which point the air filled with dozens of people screaming "Lana! Lana!" at the top of their lungs. (Tyler: "All so angry!") But he's a pro, and he did it, and people loved it.
Reed said that the third season would finally go more into the origins of the character he plays, Ray Gillette, explaining, "We do find out a little more backstory about Ray, besides him being an Olympic bronze medalist in men's downhill."
As the crowd snickered at the double entendre involving the very gay Ray, Tyler insisted, "Skiing!" And Benjamin added, "There's no Olympics for that... yet."
After the "Danger Zone" bit, the other actors were asked to recite their favorite line of dialogue from the first two seasons. Nash went with Pam's "Holy shitsnacks!" Greer sheepishly said, "Geez, ow," which had been part of an earlier answer. Parnell said, "Hello!," which he admitted was his answer to a similar question at last year's Con. Tyler went with "Unkempt bush?!? My vulva's as smooth as a veal cutlet!" (Though at first she accidentally switched "vulva" and "veal," confusing everyone.)
And then Benjamin recited several lines of the Jewish prayer "Shema Yisrael."
Finally, the actors were asked a variation of Todd's opening question: have there ever been lines they've outright objected to for the filthiness? This time, Reed said that the only time he ever has trouble with the raunchy stuff is when Jessica Walter comes in to film.
"She'll say, 'This next scene, I say this thing, and I don't understand exactly what it is,'" he said, embarrassed. "And then I'll explain some horiffically bodily fluid-based joke to her.... And then she'll go, 'Oh, Adam!' And I'm just really quiet, and she'll go, 'Screw it. Let's do it. Here we go.' But I'm always so embarrassed to explain to her what she's actually saying.
"The rest of them, I don't think care."
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
Let Streaming Genie help you.