Media Man Crush: Alan Tudyk

13 02 2011

We here at The Media Experiment are not afraid to shout to the world our strange attractions to people of the same sex (Ok, maybe that’s just me, but still (I’m not gay (ladies))) and with Valentine’s Day tomorrow, it’s high time to have our second installment of Media Man Crush! This month’s installment focuses on an actor that has been in almost every type of movie imaginable. From sci-fi’s to westerns, comedies to dramas, Mr. Tudyk is one of those guys that isn’t necessarily a household name (unless you’re a Firefly/ Serenity super fan), but is instantly recognizable. Add to that his stunning good looks and general awesomeness, and you’ve got a guy that you can be attracted to without being gay. In fact, if you actually are not attracted to Alan Tudyk, you might be considered gay by 95% of the male population. Fact.

Bonus Hipster Points

After appearing in small roles in movies such as Patch Adams, 28 Days, A Knight’s Tale, and Ice Age, Tudyk got his first big role as the witty spaceship pilot Wash in the critically acclaimed but tragically under-watched series Firefly. After the show was canceled just eleven episodes in, Tudyk left a pretty good impression on Firefly’s geeky fans, and it remains one of his most beloved roles.

For even more TV hipster points, it should be noted that Tudyk also guest starred on Arrested Development as Pastor Veal.

Did You Know?

The following characters were Alan Tudyk:

Sonny the Robot in I, Robot

Steve the Pirate in Dodgeball

Doc Potter in 3:10 to Yuma

Yeah, the Doc Potter one isn’t too hard to figure, but I seriously had no clue that Tudyk was Sonny the Robot and Steve the Pirate for quite some time. I was pretty surprised when I found this out.

Throw in some voice acting and Broadway for good measure

Along with his supporting roles in movies, Tudyk has also provided his voice to TV shows like Glenn Martin DDS, Batmman, Young Justice, and Robot Chicken. He also has voiced random marines in the Halo video games. Along with those things, he’s also done some work on Broadway, including the role of Lancelot in Monty Python’s Spamalot. That’s a pretty diverse resume right there.

What’s next for Mr. Tudyk?

A role in the next Transformers movie… yikes. He’ll probably make good money for the role, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he sucked just as hard as the rest of the movie.

Top 5 Alan Tudyk Movie Roles

5. Sonny the Robot in I, Robot

4. Doc Patton in 3:10 to Yuma

3. Simon in Death at a Funeral (UK)

2. Steve the Pirate in Dodgeball

1.Wash in Firefly/ Serenity

Here’s to you, Alan Tudyk. And your ridiculously pearly white teeth.




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