Will Arnett makes merry about his third Emmy bid for Best Comedy Guest Actor, telling Gold Derby, “I think I got in because of a clerical error, but I’m very happy.” As explains in the interview below, “My last name starts with ‘A’ so maybe it’s just easier to kind of tick me off first and then you don’t have to do more.”
Arnett contends again for his recurring role as Devin Banks on “30 Rock.” He lost in 2008 to Tim Conway (who also guested on “30 Rock”) and last year to Neil Patrick Harris (“Glee”). Banks is a long-time rival to Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), first as another corporate suit, then as a federal official and now as a stay-at-home dad. Of his nominated performance in the episode “Plan B,” Arnett says, “I dropped out of the game if you will, and then it’s revealed I’ve always been ready to pounce back. Then when push comes to shove, Devin’s kind of lost his edge.”
Arnett plans to attend the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 10 where he will compete against Matt Damon (“30 Rock”), Idris Elba (“The Big C”), Zach Galifianakis (“Saturday Night Live”), Nathan Lane (“Modern Family”), and 2009 champ Justin Timberlake (“Saturday Night Live”). Win or lose, he will be at the Primetime Emmys the following week with his wife Amy Poehler who is nominated for both starring in and producing the laffer “Parks and Recreation.” Arnett guested on that show in the second season as Chris, an MRI technician who dated Poehler’s character Leslie Knope.
His first Emmy bid came as a supporting actor in 2006 for the third and final season of “Arrested Development“; he lost to Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”). He played Gob Bluth, son of George (Jeffrey Tambor) and Lucille (Jessica Walter) in the 2004 Comedy Series champ. He admits the cast was completely caught off guard by that win. “We were really the underdogs. We had super low ratings. It’s not like everybody was talking at that time about our show as a real contender. When they actually called out ‘Arrested Development’ as the winner, it was so crazy … like there was a mistake.”
Arnett next returns to NBC this fall as one of the stars of the new comedy “Up All Night,” co-starring Emmy champ Christina Applegate (“Friends,” 2003) and Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live”).