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When you think about how many brilliantly wacky characters have sprung from Alan Tudyk’s imagination to the screen for the past two decades, and then factor in his history of prank calls and high school improv competitions, it’s a bit hard to fathom that his early career plan was to be a hotel manager. Sure, if Basil Fawlty is your idea of a hotel manager, but he was actually serious. Sometimes, the path not taken is a good thing. Alan’s path has led him to Broadway, too many film and TV roles to count, and every Disney Animation Studios movie to date. The only place it hadn’t led was the one place he really wanted to be: The Middle of Everything. It took a Con Man to change that. Read on for a tale of bloody knees and sharp-eyed teachers, Broadway dreams crushed and revisited, and a game we call Fun With Pictures.

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When you think about how many brilliantly wacky characters have sprung from Alan Tudyk’s imagination to the screen for the past two decades, and then factor in his history of prank calls and high school improv competitions, it’s a bit hard to fathom that his early career plan was to be a hotel manager. Sure, if Basil Fawlty is your idea of a hotel manager, but he was actually serious. Sometimes, the path not taken is a good thing. Alan’s path has led him to Broadway, too many film and TV roles to count, and every Disney Animation Studios movie to date. The only place it hadn’t led was the one place he really wanted to be: The Middle of Everything. It took a Con Man to change that. Read on for a tale of bloody knees and sharp-eyed teachers, Broadway dreams crushed and revisited, and a game we call Fun With Pictures.

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Alan Tudyk

When you think about how many brilliantly wacky characters have sprung from Alan Tudyk’s imagination to the screen for the past two decades, and then factor in his history of prank calls and high school improv competitions, it’s a bit hard to fathom that his early career plan was to be a hotel manager. Sure, if Basil Fawlty is your idea of a hotel manager, but he was actually serious. Sometimes, the path not taken is a good thing. Alan’s path has led him to Broadway, too many film and TV roles to count, and every Disney Animation Studios movie to date. The only place it hadn’t led was the one place he really wanted to be: The Middle of Everything. It took a Con Man to change that. Read on for a tale of bloody knees and sharp-eyed teachers, Broadway dreams crushed and revisited, and a game we call Fun With Pictures.

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Here’s a question: How many years do you have to spend watching actors through a camera before you realize maybe that’s what you were meant to be doing all along? If you’re Jay Duplass, you might also wonder why your brother Mark didn’t let you in on how fun and freeing it can be a little sooner. But no matter. At a time in life when most actors are rushing the director’s chair, the elder Duplass brother is running in the opposite direction on Transparent, and killing it. It’s the second time he missed the obvious. Fourteen years ago, surveying the wreckage of 27 failed projects and desperate of ever becoming a filmmaker, he was ready to chuck it for grad school. That’s when he finally discovered the crucial ingredient to building one of the most successful creative careers in the business. Someone should really tell him these things up front.

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Here’s a question: How many years do you have to spend watching actors through a camera before you realize maybe that’s what you were meant to be doing all along? If you’re Jay Duplass, you might also wonder why your brother Mark didn’t let you in on how fun and freeing it can be a little sooner. But no matter. At a time in life when most actors are rushing the director’s chair, the elder Duplass brother is running in the opposite direction on Transparent, and killing it. It’s the second time he missed the obvious. Fourteen years ago, surveying the wreckage of 27 failed projects and desperate of ever becoming a filmmaker, he was ready to chuck it for grad school. That’s when he finally discovered the crucial ingredient to building one of the most successful creative careers in the business. Someone should really tell him these things up front.

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Jay Duplass

Here’s a question: How many years do you have to spend watching actors through a camera before you realize maybe that’s what you were meant to be doing all along? If you’re Jay Duplass, you might also wonder why your brother Mark didn’t let you in on how fun and freeing it can be a little sooner. But no matter. At a time in life when most actors are rushing the director’s chair, the elder Duplass brother is running in the opposite direction on Transparent, and killing it. It’s the second time he missed the obvious. Fourteen years ago, surveying the wreckage of 27 failed projects and desperate of ever becoming a filmmaker, he was ready to chuck it for grad school. That’s when he finally discovered the crucial ingredient to building one of the most successful creative careers in the business. Someone should really tell him these things up front.

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If you’ve always thought of Hollywood as a competitive, jealousy-ridden place where success is watched, compared and envied, Mike White is not here to disillusion you. And his latest film suggests the world inside your own head might not be so different. Few writers understand our inner dialogs better, and that can be embarrassing. Not to mention touching, depressing and yes, funny. We talk to one of the business’s most talented screenwriters (and directors, and actors) about why he feels more alive the further he gets from it, and his “uncool” struggle with the siren call of ambition. But if the result is work like Chuck & Buck, School of Rock, Year of the Dog, Enlightened, Beatriz at Dinner, and Brad’s Status, can ambition be so bad? Throughout his career, White has worked to create an alternate kind of story and protagonist. “It makes me feel like I’m not completely crazy.” Us, too. Thanks, Mike.

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If you’ve always thought of Hollywood as a competitive, jealousy-ridden place where success is watched, compared and envied, Mike White is not here to disillusion you. And his latest film suggests the world inside your own head might not be so different. Few writers understand our inner dialogs better, and that can be embarrassing. Not to mention touching, depressing and yes, funny. We talk to one of the business’s most talented screenwriters (and directors, and actors) about why he feels more alive the further he gets from it, and his “uncool” struggle with the siren call of ambition. But if the result is work like Chuck & Buck, School of Rock, Year of the Dog, Enlightened, Beatriz at Dinner, and Brad’s Status, can ambition be so bad? Throughout his career, White has worked to create an alternate kind of story and protagonist. “It makes me feel like I’m not completely crazy.” Us, too. Thanks, Mike.

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