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Will Arnett Is 'Running Wilde' Again

by Bryan Reesman, posted Sep 28th 2010 5:00PM
Will ArnettWhile 'Running Wilde,' the latest show from 'Arrested Development' writers Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely has had a modest start, the response from fans has been "unbelievable," according to star Will Arnett. And if those fans stick around, they may just see more 'Arrested Development' cast members pop up on the new show.

The actor/producer caught up with TV Squad at the the New York Television Festival to discuss the evolution of the series, which airs Tuesdays at 8:30PM ET on Fox.

"Our goal is eventually to have every person on 'Arrested Development' come on the show," quipped Arnett. "That's actually our secret goal that we've laughed about for a long time."

"Mitch, Jim and I work together because we want to and love each other, and we wanted David [Cross] to come and do it," Arnett continued. "We're going to have Jason [Bateman] and Jeffrey [Tambor] come on the show and do something because we're all in love with each other. It's really fun. I'm very excited about it, and obviously we know there are going to be a lot of 'Arrested Development' comparisons."

Running Wilde'Running Wild' is the comedic tale of a spoiled, oil company playboy (Arnett) and a hippie-ish environmentalist (Keri Russell) who were once childhood sweethearts and have been reunited in adulthood. While they have obvious political differences, their attraction to each other remains.

When asked how he was making Steven Wilde fresh to play, the actor replied, "It's funny, I did an interview where someone said that all my characters are the same, [like] Devon Banks on '30 Rock' and Gob on 'Arrested Development.' First of all, Devon Banks on '30 Rock' was driven and had a tremendous amount of ambition, if nothing else. The character of Gob had none of that at all. I think that people draw comparisons simply because it's me playing the parts, and there are always parts of me that will bleed through. I'm not a chameleon actor in that regard."

"You have a certain style in things that you do and that will transcend whatever role," continued Arnett. "In this character of Steve Wilde, I want him to be somebody who is a guy who's been handed everything there is life, but I want it to be revealed that on a personal level, he is actually very nice guy ... He's one of those guys who seems like a jerk, and he's not."

(That point is driven home at the end of the second episode, but we won't spoil the surprise.)

Arnett and company are aware of the 'Arrested Development' comparisons and want 'Running Wilde' to stand on its own. He noted that detractors compared the 'Running Wilde' pilot, which was reshot and recast, to the previous, more polished series.

"[Our attitude was] we're making a great show and having a lot of fun. I challenge people to have more fun," he said.

Arnett certainly is having fun, not only with the Fox comedy, but through his cameo appearances as the arrogant, profanity-spewing boss on 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret,' the IFC series from his comic friend David Cross. Cross in turn has a recurring role as Russell's self-proclaimed "eco-terrorist" fiance on "Running Wilde.'

"It's been great,' declared Arnett of their recent dual collaboration. "Are you kidding me? I love David. It's amazing. We're going to work together as much as we can. It's been really tremendous."

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