“I just want the world to get nominated for everything!” Will Forte told Gold Derby about his popular Fox comedy “The Last Man on Earth.” He spoke to us via webchat before this year’s Emmy Awards nominations were announced, where he went on to earn his second consecutive Best Comedy Actor bid for playing Phil “Tandy” Miller. Watch our fun interview above.
As Gold Derby exclusively reported, Forte has selected the season finale called “30 Years of Science Down the Tubes” as his episode submission to Emmy judges. According to the Fox listing for his episode: “Phil and Mike [Jason Sudeikis] grow closer than ever and the whole Malibu group gets a big friggin’ surprise.”
“I am really proud” of Season 2, says the show’s creator/star. “I felt like we really learned how to tell better stories in the second season … I was thrilled with how the season turned out.” Speaking of the final run of episodes, Forte notes, “It was a really special experience getting to work with Sudeikis again [after ‘Saturday Night Live’] and I thought it was some of our best work yet.”
Forte also praises the “Pitch Black” episode, in which no main characters appeared for the entire 30 minutes. How were Forte and the other producers able to convince Fox to let them take such a big risk? “There was a definite struggle,” Forte admits. “It took a lot of stubbornness. And to Fox’s credit, at every juncture when we get stubborn on something they ultimately let us try it out and trust us.”
Forte’s hair, or lack thereof, also becomes a big part of the discussion after his character went completely bald in the finale. “It’s the eyebrows that I was concerned with,” he recalls. “We had so many people — the hair and makeup department — say, ‘Do not do the eyebrows.’ But then I sent a picture to my dad the night before we started and he said, ‘Oh, you’re just gonna keep the eyebrows, huh?’ So I shaved the eyebrows. And they came back so quickly.”
Also in our interview, Forte teases what he can about Season 3 (hint: not very much), praises his cast mates and reminisces about his Emmy Award nominations from last year.
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