Chris Diamantopoulos discusses the Red Notice and True Story, voice work and Russ in Silicon Valley
You immersed yourself in the challenges of playing actor icons like Robin Williams and Moe Howard of the Three Stooges earlier in your career. Both had to be tough challenges, but how difficult it was, given those differences: When you played Robin Williams, he was still with us, but not Moe Howard. What was more difficult, or are they both equally difficult?
This is an excellent question. I had immense respect for both subjects. So Robin Williams, rest his soul, was one of my heroes and I loved his movies, and I watched his stand-up, I mean, before I was even allowed to, I watched some of its stand-ups that were really too old for me. I was a big fan. I never thought, it never even crossed my mind to play it or imitate it or anything like that. But when the opportunity came in the form of an audition, when I found out they were doing this movie, I was like, “I don’t think I can do that” and “I don’t think I can do that. I want to do this “- and [my wife] said, “Well, who would you pick for this role?” And I couldn’t really answer the question. And she said, “Well, if you can’t throw nobody in there, if you don’t know who you’re going to put in, then you should throw your hat in the ring.” “
For me, it was really an opportunity to … Really, I worshiped him, I paid homage to him. And I was giving myself a chance to see how far I could stretch my character acting chops, and see if I could really inhabit another character, find a completely different voice, a completely different stature, a completely different physical being and to be someone else. It opened my eyes, and I think it allowed me to play Moe in “The Three Stooges”.
Now, I was a huge Stooges fan when I was a kid. I knew everything there was to know about the Stooges, but that didn’t mean that … I couldn’t even get an audition for this Stooges movie. I had to crash the audition and it took me six months and I think there are 14 auditions to convince them to give me the part. The challenge was to make sure the voice was genuine and real, and not an impression, but just an organic release, and then finding a way to make the physical presence so natural, fun, and real. And I had a great time doing these two projects. I’m proud of both of them.