Tony Hale on Being the Villain in Clifford the Big Red Dog [Exclusive Interview]

Tony Hale in Clifford the Big Red Dog

Tony Hale is a master of playing comedic characters. From voice work to comedies in film and television, Hale was the perfect fit to play a villainous biotech executive chasing after a 10-foot high dog in Clifford the Big Red Dog.

The film is based on the lovable children’s book series by Norman Bridwell. It stars Jack Whitehall, Darby Camp, Izaac Wang, John Cleese, Sienna Guillory, David Alan Grier, Horatio Sanz, Paul Rodriguez, and Russell Peters. Walt Becker directed the movie from the screenplay written by Jay Scherick, David Ronn, and Blaise Hemingway.

Here is the official synopsis:

The movie tells the story of when middle-schooler Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp) meets a magical animal rescuer (John Cleese) who gifts her a little, red puppy. She never anticipated waking up to find a giant ten-foot hound in her small New York City apartment. While her single mom (Sienna Guillory) is away for business, Emily and her fun but impulsive uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) set out on an adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat as our heroes take a bit out of the Big Apple.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta talked with Tony Hale about playing villainous roles, his character, and his personal affections for animals—particularly dogs.

Tony Hale is known for his role as Buster Bluth in FOX’s Arrested Development. From 2012 to 2019, he played Gary Walsh in the HBO series Veep, in which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series twice. He appeared in the films The Informant!, In My Sleep, The Heat, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. On the voiceover side, he lends his voice for The Tale of Despereaux, The Angry Birds Movie, The Angry Birds Movie 2, Toy Story 4 as Forky. He had a dual role as the hero and villain in The Mysterious Benedict Society on Disney+.

Clifford the Big Red Dog is available today with bonus content from Paramount Home Entertainment. It will be followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release on February 1st next year.

Watch the exclusive interview with Tony Hale below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Paramount

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