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‘e’s ‘orrible!

Posted on: June 30th, 2010 by wmapother 6 Comments

Okay, my agent is going to kill me for posting this — so look for me in a bikini in my next role — but over to the right is a shot of me from my never-seen guest spot on the 2005 Fox show The Inside.

There I recline as Ronald Ewing, an 800lb cannibal.  Yes, an 800lb cannibal.  I lured my victims into my home..and they never left.  My only mode of transportation?  A motorized lounge chair.  My favorite food?  Anorexic women.

Yes, dark, and yes, disturbing.  But also very, very funny.  Few minds in Hollywood are able — or willing — to conceive of something like this, but Tim Minear (Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, etc., etc.), god bless him, is one of them.

I wore a 60lb rubber suit, a wig, fake teeth, and prosthetic hands and cheeks.  (All created by the renowned Rob Hall, who also created my prosthetics for The Burrowers.)  The make-up required four hours to apply and nearly two hours to remove.  They had to build an air-conditioned tent for me, because if I perspired — not unexpected in the L.A. summer under 60 pounds of rubber [insert [insert joke here] joke here] — my face and hands would start to slide off.  ‘Access Hollywood’ devoted a segment to the freakiness of it all.

My ep, Skin and Bone, was the show’s 13th and final.  It never aired in the U.S. and isn’t available on DVD, as far as I know.  However, Tim has just posted short five clips from it on Facebook: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  You may need to friend Tim first to see them.  For god’s sake, don’t tell him I sent you or you’ll get nowhere with him.

Fans, friends and family often want to know, “William, oh, William, Why don’t you do more comedy?”  Well, people, you asked for it.

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Posted in Acting Projects, Film, Funny Like Ha-Ha, Photos of Wm, TV

6 Responses

  1. Roberta says:

    Please, Will!
    never more scare me like that 😀

  2. Helena says:

    It's the first time I'm really afraid of you. But… you're a great actor!!! 🙂

  3. Rosella W. says:

    It's always exciting to see an actor not care what he looks like for a role.

    Great stuff. Wish I could've seen the full episode.

  4. The Operative says:

    I actually did get to see this episode, and it was my favourite. I loved you in the role. You seemed like a tantrum-throwing baby with an inferiority complex masked by a superiority complex. You were terrifying, and not just because of the make-up (which was still really effective).

    Probably my favourite episode of The Inside, a show cancelled before it's time. Seriously, Adam Baldwin AND Peter Coyote? What's wrong with people?

    Oh, and the casting was always terrific. I saw your fellow Lost Others playing bad guys, Michael Bowen and the utterly incredibl Michael Emerson. You guys should form a club: 'The League of Awesome People'

  5. JustWillow says:

    I was also lucky enough to see this episode, as they aired all 13 eps on ITV4 in the UK.
    Absolutely fantastic show and such a shame that it was cancelled 🙁
    I had no idea that was you in the suit, William! Such a brilliantly scary character, you were awesome!! xXx

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