Timothy Osmundson takes on the role of villainous attorney, Lance Walters in the new Woody Woodpecker film out today by Universal 1440.
We asked Osmundson five questions about helping revive the classic wacky woodpecker that was created by Walter Lantz in 1940.
Here is what he had to say:
FanboyNation (FBN) – Woody Woodpecker is one of the most iconic cartoon characters of all
time. When presented to play opposite one the greatest troublemakers, what
was your initial reaction?
Timothy Osmundson (TO) – ‘I’d love to because. What an awesome scene partner!’
FBN – You have played some of the most loveable jerks, a deity and now an
absentee father who reconnects with his son because of the wacky
woodpecker. What methods have you used to develop your comedic timing that
transitioned into your physical comedy style?
TO – Theft, primarily. That’s what actors do.
FBN – Alex (Zamm) took 12 years to get this project off the ground and his love for
Woody is infinite. Did spending 20-plus days with him on the set give you a
greater appreciation for a character that has been around for 78 years?
TO – Alex is one of the most enthusiastic and postitve persons I know. It’s
impossible to not be infected by his joy while on set.
FBN – There are multiple layers of Woody Woodpecker, from environmental
issues, dealing with poachers, new friendships and family bonding, which
usually are very heavy topics. When reading the script, we’re you surprised
as how these topics meshed into a family, fun, film?
TO – Woody is essentially another teenage kid in this film and having read
Alex’s work for so many years, I was already prepared for how well he would
weave these themes together.
FBN – Walter Lantz created Woody because of a bad vacation, influencing
multiple generations. Has there been an event in your life that helped you
create a character?
TO – Everything from my life goes into my characters.
Woody Woodpecker is out today on DVD and Digital HD in the US and in theaters in South America.