Alan didn't go to his senior prom because the girl he was planning to take two-timed him with another guy -- and got pregnant!
According to the rest of the Firefly cast, Alan was consistantly the worst speaker of Chinese on the show! He puts this down to having to learn long and complicated sentences like "Mother of God and all her wacky nephews" in Mandarin.
In preparing for the role of Sonny in the film, I, Robot, Alan studied dance, movement, and mime to accurately portray movement that has been programmed in. His work was captured with green screen technology.
To prepare for the role of "Steve The Pirate" in the movie Dodgeball, Alan joined a group of pirate role players called The Rumrunners and spent a week at Pirate Camp.
In the Firefly episode Out of Gas (1x05) Wash wires up a large, red button for the captain to press if he needs the crew to return to the ship. When he shows it to Mal he says, "When your miracle gets here, just hit this button."
When Alan left the Firefly set after the series was cancelled, he took that button as a keepsake. When Joss Whedon announced that he would be searching for a way to bring the show back, as either a series or a feature film, Alan sent him the button with a note that said, again, "When your miracle gets here, just hit this button."
When Firefly was cancelled, Alan threw a "We Don't Work for FOX Anymore" party for the cast and crew.
While in college, Alan was active in the Delta Psi Omega fraternity.
Alan was awarded the Academic Excellence Award for Drama while he was studying Drama at Lon Morris Jr. College
Alan filled in for Hank Azaria in the Broadway show Spamalot while Azaria was filming the second season of Huff and working on the seventeenth season of The Simpsons. Actress Sara Ramirez, another performer in the production at this time, was in Alan's class (Group 26) at Juilliard.
Alan is 6' tall (1.83 m).
Smokey and the Bandit is Alan's favorite movie.
Alan once owned a 1964 Mustang, which he named "Old Sock." He considered it his most prized possession.
Alan: There aren't too many new actors like Alan Arkin or Gene Hackman who exist on their own frequency, do things in a way that nobody else could get away with. Those are the people who are inspirational to me.
Alan: I was a real ham as a child. I'd insist on dressing up as a cowboy whenever the family went out for dinner. In high school, I was a menace. I'd fake nose bleeds and fainting spells to panic my teachers.
Alan: In high school I wanted to be a hotel manager. If you're an actor, you don't have any money and I wanted to have a wife and children. Now I'm an actor with money but I still don't have a wife and children!
Alan: Wash does a lot of this; I land the spaceship and I go "Be careful everybody!" and then they do these extraordinary things and they come back and I go, "Thank God you made it! Strap in, I'm going to fly!" I do the babysitting job on the spaceship.
Alan: The suit itself (on I, Robot ) wasn't uncomfortable, as far as like a 'These shoes are uncomfortable, they give me a blister kind of thing.' It was more, 'Oh my God, you can see my package.' It was all out there. I've seen that kind of unitard before on dancers, on gymnasts and superheroes. People who typically have great bodies. If you put one on, and you don't have a really good body, it looks terrible.