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    • Will Arnett (on Arrested Development character Gob Bluth): It was a really fun part to play, just that incredible insecurity masked by an incredible amount of bravado. But all of that was just a total front for somebody who's not been loved. With that, as an actor, it gave me a lot of license to be kind of awful and simultaneously sweet. We always sort of joked that the writers created these pretty terrible characters. On paper, they were pretty terrible people, and it was always our job to try to make them likable. So I miss that experience, and I do miss Gob, that old rogue.

    • Will Arnett (on being nominated for an Emmy): It wasn't something that I expected, because we stopped shooting episodes the day before Christmas and our last episode aired in like February. So to turn on your phone in July, when you're not expecting it, and hear you've been nominated is so weird!

    • Will Arnett (on an Arrested Development movie): Yeah, we spoke this summer about that. I don't know what exactly it would take for that movie to get made. I guess it would just be, well, first and foremost it would be Mitch Hurwitz feeling the desire and the inspiration to write a script. I don't know if he's been approached further to come up with something. But I'm working with Mitch on something right now, so I feel like I'm kind of getting my Arrested Development itch scratched.

    • Will Arnett (on working with Henry Winkler): Oh, God, he's so funny. He's such an adorable person. And he's been very, very kind to me. He actually has been very sweet. I worked with him on this charity a few months ago, and then he had me back to his house on a Saturday when I had nothing to do, and went over there, and he's got a family, and kids coming in and out, and food, and all that stuff, and he's always saying, 'Our house is your house.'

    • Will Arnett (on the pilot for Arrested Development): This pilot, by far, was the best I ever read -- and I hope that insults every other pilot I worked on.

    • Will Arnett (on Arrested Development creator, Mitch Hurwitz): And, you know, I've got to give it to Mitch, man. He is a very determined-- obviously, incredibly smart and talented and gifted, but also just a very determined person. This is maybe the first time I've ever really understood this expression: he really does have a vision for what this show is and who these people are and what their journey is, and he is unrelenting in sticking to it. And for that he deserves a tremendous amount of credit.

    • Will Arnett (on working with Jason Bateman in Arrested Development): From moment one, Jason and I really got along so well, and it was apparent that we could just work together really well. And he's such a great, giving performer, he really is, and he's so smart and he's so talented, and our relationship-- I think Mitch and the writers immediately let us play a lot together. And we have such a great time. We really do have so much fun working together.

    • Will Arnett (on Arrested Development): Most shows, you really have to force it. And everybody's nervous, and the network is nervous, and they've all got their notepads out, and they're all going to give notes on what they think is funny, and everybody's trying to spin their jokes, and this was so-- the script was so good that we didn't have to really do anything, and it made it so easy for us to do well.

    • Will Arnett (on reading Arrested Development message boards): It's very weird. It's also very dangerous, because if you run across somebody who's not a fan of what you do-- It's like with reviews. It's kind of hard not to read reviews, because we got so many and when they all started first coming out, you know this huge stack of reviews was sent around to everybody, and the problem is, if you believe the good ones, you've got to believe the bad ones. You've got to take it all with a grain of salt. And by reading them, you do realize that so many people like different characters and they like different things, and some people will react really positively to an episode while, the very same thing, other people will hate it. So you just can't take it to heart.

    • Will Arnett (on his wife, Amy Poehler): From the moment we met, it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me. It was great. We didn't know what we were doing, and all of a sudden she got Saturday Night Live, so we kind of decided that I guess I had to move to New York; otherwise it wasn't going to work out. So I moved back to New York and it was the greatest. It was great. Probably the best thing that's ever happened to me is Amy.

    • Will Arnett: I got out of it because I realized that I wasn't going anywhere, and that I needed to kind of get my life on track, and actually had a friend snap me out of it. The summer of 2000 was a real turning point for me, and I kind of got my act together and laid the bottle down and got to work, and really the last five years have been the greatest five years of my life, personally and then -- as a result of that, I guess -- professionally.

    • Will Arnett (on The Mike O'Malley Show): You know, I think that show got a really bad rap, but by the end -- by the sixth or seventh episode or whatever it was that we made -- we were starting to find a voice on that show, and we were very disappointed. I took the disappointment of that really to heart, and the year after that got cancelled was probably the darkest year of my life. It was tough. It was a really tough time for me. And I didn't get a lot of work. And I didn't do anything, I just kind of drank those years away.

    • Will Arnett: I guess my first pilot was February of '96. I did a pilot with Kevin Pollak and his wife, Lucy Webb, for CBS, that was not picked up. And then I kind of started being more in the process. I kind of hung around, looking for work. Didn't do a pilot the next year, but in that time did this film called Southie that we shot in south Boston with these guys that I knew.

    • Will Arnett (on his early career): My first movie was this independent that I did on the Erie Canal in 1995, called Erie, that I don't know if you could even get, actually with Felicity Huffman. And then from that I did this film that was eventually called The Broken Giant later that fall. And then I kind of started getting into doing pilots.

    • Will Arnett (on acting): Well, yeah. At a certain point, you've got to be really honest with yourself. Like, 'Why am I doing this? What are my motivations?' Like, if you get into it because you want to be famous? Then you've got a long row to hoe. But if you really feel like it's a labour of love and it's something you're actually legitimately good at, then it's not that hard to keep plugging away.

    • Will Arnett (on his start in acting): I started when I was a young teenager. My mom encouraged me to go to read for some stuff in Toronto, and I ended up doing a couple of crappy commercials and was like, 'Oh, yeah, I'd like to do this!' And then kind of put it on the back burner, and then pursued it a little bit when I was in Toronto, like studying a little bit here and there. And I decided to move to New York and go to Lee Strasberg. And I kind of, for the first time ever, really felt like I was doing something that I enjoyed, and that I felt like I could conceivably be good at. And when those two things happen, ironically you're off to the races.

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