Every month, genuine British brothers Ian and Andy Wilson look at a trio of entries in an actor's filmography to gauge their range, talent, and shoe size.
The first featured actor of 2021 on Hey, an Actor! is comedic-turned-serious actor via Batman: Michael Keaton. The Brothers Wilson look at one of his break-out hits in Mr. Mom, his signifying career renaissance statement known as Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), and one of his most famous roles working with Tim Burton (no, not that one) Beetlejuice. Along the way Pandy rants, Ian lays out the secret behind Danny Elfman's career, and a Pandy Parody closes out the show.
Fresh off the scratching post in a French peasant's blockade: it's 2020's Hey, an Actor! Christmas Special! In accordance with tradition, the December Director is Tom Hooper and The Brothers Wilson sink their teeth into two of his high-profile adaptations of musicals. First, 2012's Les Miserables, and then 2019's Cats. Questions answered include: Whose were Pandy's first pair of filmic breasts? Which brother prefers a CGI abomination to a depressing French romp? And, what of all the musical offerings was chosen to end the episode? If that wasn't enough, there's also the Tomlinson Awards, a small selection of outtakes, and a lot of feedback fun. Merry Christmas, y'all!
A much-delayed Hey, an Actor sees The Brothers Wilson take on some choice entries of the filmography of the groundbreaking stand-up comedian and actor Richard Pryor. Both hosts experience Brewster's Millions for the first time, whilst Pandy nominates one of Pryor's many collaborations with the great Gene Wilder in See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Ian finally allows a comic book movie to be covered on HAA via Superman III. We also deliver a mea culpa from Ian (RE: the podcast's delay), gain Evie Wilson's familiarity with the DC Universe, and, in a first for the podcast, announce the subject of our End of Year special (to be recorded very soon).
After an absence during these trying times, Hey, an Actor! is back with a boom as The Brothers Wilson come out swinging and pitch their mettle against one of Hollywood's most overlooked Oscar winners: Anjelica Huston. To prove the point, this episode doesn't cover her Oscar win but her acclaimed performance of Morticia Addams in The Addams Family, her arch role in the film adaptation of children's classic The Witches, and also The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The hosts also discuss power bottoms, Orange Wednesdays, and the problematic legacy of Roald Dahl, with which Pandy stokes Ian's ire by mentioning Taika Waititi on numerous occasions.
To honor the proposed release of Bond #25, No Time to Die, The Brothers Wilson have also delayed the episode dedicated to the winner of our James Bond actor poll from earlier in the year: Timothy Dalton. The hosts look at the 1970 adaptation of the classic novel Wuthering Heights, before turning to slightly classier fare in Fran Drescher's The Beautician and the Beast. Then, by popular demand, the hosts review Hot Fuzz. Along the way, we have anecdotes regarding wedding reception music requests, lockdown quizzes, and a duet between singing space professors. And just how well do you know Alan Tudyk?
The Brothers Wilson may have been delayed by global events, but certainly not curtailed as they bring you their March episode in mid-April, featuring modern day Hollywood star Cameron Diaz. From the now-retired actress' body of work, Ian and Pandy delve into her surprise dramatic turn in the off-beat Being John Malkovich, her star turn in low-brow comedy hit There's Something About Mary, and her being one of the four pillars of seasonal romantic comedy The Holiday alongside many former HAA subjects. The episode also answers the obscure questions of which films had a prolific influence on screenwriter Russel T. Davies, where does Mr. Freeze fit into a Cameron Diaz movie, and which brother brought up the practice of dogging in a work meeting. All this, plus: puppets, cottaging, and the second instalment of "The Year of Hemmings" as attempted humor during these trying times. Go listen!