A quick chat with Alan Tudyk

We talk to former Firefly star Alan Tudyk about Tucker And Dale Vs Evil, the cult horror comedy that sees two innocent hillbillies caught in a series of murderous misunderstandings

It’s taken quite a long time for Tucker And Dale to come together and find a release, following production – can you talk about the shooting process?

The challenges on set were that we did it in a very short amount of time. We had like three weeks to shoot it, we have effects and all of that; it adds so much time to the schedule; so there’s a lot of things that can go wrong. We did two takes of everything. This is the first movie I’ve ever done one take – one take of something, then it’s like, ‘right, we move on!’ In the first week, Tyler and I were like, ‘please, can we just get two takes? Maybe you’ll need a safety!” After that we did two, but it was fast! What is in the movie is that – I’m really happy with how it turned out! Maybe that’s it from now on, two takes. Two takes Tudyk!

The movie is getting a good reception from critics. Our reviewer compared it to Zombieland.

Ah! That’s nice, that’s a great movie.

How did you become involved with the film?

I came late to the process. There was another actor who was going to play Tucker, and they fell out really close to the time of shooting – lilke, two weeks before it started. My agent said, ‘there’s a script, read it fast’, because it’s moving very fast. I read it, and I remember when I first started reading it, I thought, ‘this isn’t going to work, this idea of misunderstandings isn’t going to be sustainable.’ Then, when the first kid dies, I was like, ‘woah, this is playing for keeps!’ So I got excited by that. Then it seemed every time, I thought, ‘no, this isn’t believable, cops would come’. Then, cops would show up! By the time I finished it, I thought, ‘this works! This Eli Craig fellow pulled it off.’

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil is in selected cinemas and available on Blu-ray and DVD now.