Published on July 17th, 2012 | by Ernie Estrella1
Exclusive ‘Wilfred’ Interview: Jason Gann on why Comic-Con is an important escape
For Jason Gann, cosplay is nothing new. He puts on a cheap dog suit for work everyday and that’s why he identifies with the Comic-Con crowd and he talks about that when we interviewed the star of the hit-comedy, Wilfred, on the red carpet of the FX Maxim party.
But before we get to the video interview, I spoke to Gann earlier in the day with other members of the press, and asked him about the show going to new places and seeing this show evolve from the original series that aired in Australian comedy he created into one that’s a hybrid comedy that’s equal parts surrealism, cerebral and stoner comedy on FX.
“It’s an adventure,” Gann said. “I never dreamed where we ended last year was where the show was going to head, but I never wanted to make the same show again. I actually said no when I was first cast to play Wilfred because I didn’t want to do the same show but surrounded by people with American accents, it just didn’t make sense to me. I would’ve rather seen a whole new version of the show.”
“But (executive producer) David (Zuckerman) was a fan of the original, and said me he wanted the two versions would sit side-by-side, and this would be a different vehicle for a character that he loved, which really appealed to me. So I forfeited a bit of creative control and went for a ride and I love it. To be on the set and read scripts written in my voice comedically that I haven’t written is such a luxury I hadn’t had before coming here.”
On rare occasions, Gann has stepped in to say what Wilfred would do or would not. Mostly it’s when it’s too cutesy and too doggy. “I don’t do dog acts. I don’t scratch my ear, I don’t rub my ass on the carpet; I have to find a way to do it in a human way, like taking a towel between his legs. I have to find a human way to do dog behavior.”
I asked Gann about the new season, which is four weeks old “Season 2 is a different creature again. The show has taken such a life of its own. I think for any of us–David included–could have never anticipated where this show leads and (Season 2) opens the door to where it could go. At the end of the day I want to make groundbreaking television so I want to say, ‘That’s never been on TV before.’ That’s when I’m at my happiest and those moments I love. We probably have a half dozen of those moments in Season 2 and I have a file of possible Wilfred ideas if we get a third season and beyond that I’m really craving to do.”
We hope he gets to that third season too and here’s our red carpet interview with Jason Gann from the FX Maxim Party at Comic-Con: