Alan Tudyk Q&A: ‘Con Man’

“Wait a second, that’s really cool!,” exclaims Alan Tudyk about receiving his first ever Emmy nomination for the web series “Con Man.” In our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above), he explains, “There were a lot of opportunities to give up and a lot of people standing in the way saying ‘don’t do this’ that I chose to ignore. To get to the Emmys gives legitimacy to something that started out as a passion project. When 47,000 fans gave us $3.2 million, that was exciting! And there have been a lot of other things that have been great. The nomination is just brilliant. I’d say icing on the cake, but it seems more than just icing. It’s like another layer of cake.”

In the comedy series, Tudyk plays Wray Nerely, a star from a short lived but hailed sci-fi series who tours the convention circuit. It’s loosely based off Tudyk’s life experiences after playing the driver of spaceship Serenity in the cult hit “Firefly.” He recalls that “being invited to my first con, I didn’t understand the level of fandom that was out there. Not just for ‘Firefly’ but other shows, too. I had this outsider perspective. After going for 10 years and banking all these experiences I started to write it. I thought, ‘I’ll just write it until I can find someone to give me some money to make this thing.’”

Tudyk adds that on the first day as a director he had a “I’m ready to vomit moment, because I’d never directed. It was pretty ambitious. I directed, produced and wrote the entire first season and acted as the lead.” With the series being renewed, “Everybody became family. Everyone from season one came back for season two. They could have made more money doing higher profile jobs but didn’t because they wanted to come back and have fun with us.”

One of the most fun aspects of the show for Tudyk has been returning to the small screen with Nathan Fillion. He says, “We got to be on a spaceship again where he was the captain and I was the pilot. That brought us back to ‘Firefly’ days. It felt really familiar and it was good. That was fun for us, and I hope for people that like ‘Firefly.'”

On directing his former “Firefly” captain, Tudyk admits, “I wasn’t good at it. I was pretty nervous. He’s more captainy in our relationship. He has it all together. I’m more of an emotional person. So to tell him what to do was new. But it wasn’t really telling people what to do. It was artists coming together and figuring out what’s going to work for the scene and be the most fun.”

Tudyk is nominated at the Creative Arts Emmys for Best Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Actor. Check out our full interview above for more about Tudyk’s work on these shows as well as his many famous voices for Disney, including “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Rogue One.”

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