Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

November 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 


“Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” is an action-packed animated film featuring two of Marvel’s well-known icons such as Hulk and Iron Man.  Featuring a storyline with non-stop action and a different kind of animated style compared to other Marvel animated films, “Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” is an animated film worth watching!

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TITLE: Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United


DURATION: 71 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, English, French and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

COMPANY: Buena Vista Home Entertainment/Marvel

RATED: PG (For Sci-Fi Action, Violence and Brief Mild Language)

Release Date: December 3, 2013

Production Coordinator: Shaun Avnet

Script Coordinator: Ora Yashar

Storyboard Director: Tim Eldred

Storyboard Artists: Jeff Allen, Tim Eldred, Leo Riley

Main Title Design by Andy Suriano

Marvel Games Consultant: T.Q. Jefferson

CGI Animation Services by Brain Zoo Studios

Creative Director/Executive Producer: Mo Davoudian

Producers: Tammy Holguin, Lori Gloede

Technical Directors: Francis Co, Hyon Kim, Dave Hickey

Art Director: Tony Weinstock

Animation Director: Wim Beien

Featuring the Voices of:

Adrian Pasdar as Tony Stark/Iron Man

Fred Tatasciore as Bruce Banner/The Hulk

Dee Bradley Baker as Dr. Cruler/Zzzax

Robert Atkin Downes as Dr. Fump/Abomination

David Kaye as Jarvis

Marvel makes cinematic history again with the most unexpected team-up in the universe! Joining forces for the first time ever, Hulk’s pulverizing brute strength and Tony Stark’s high-tech brainpower come together to face off against the ultimate enemy.

When “Zzzax,” a seemingly invincible, energy devouring monster threatens to destroy the planet, Marvel’s unlikeliest pairing of Avengers is mankind’s only hope. Alone, neither can defeat the awesome power of Zzzax. As a duo, they just might have a chance – if they can find a way to work together without smashing heads before time runs out!

Packed with explosive action, loaded with exclusive bonus features and presented in groundbreaking Marvel CG Animation, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United is a must-own movie event that will blow you away.

They are among Marvel’s iconic characters, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk.

Two characters that were part of the original formation of The Avengers and two superheroes brought together in the latest Marvel animated film “Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” which will be released on Blu-ray and DVD by Marvel/Buena Vista Home Entertainment in Dec. 2013.

The film begins with the Hulk versus Abomination, two beings who have been exposed to Gamma radiation and two who have been longtime rivals and enemies.  But while the Hulk has beaten Abomination a number of times, this time around, the Abomination is able to knock the Hulk out with sleeping gas and takes him to a HYDRA base where Dr. Cruler and Dr. Fump are working.

As the Hulk is put into a chamber, they trick the Abomination by using the same sleeping gas and put him into another chamber.  The goal is to use the gamma radiation power of these two in order to power-up their laboratory and as the two are able to create an amazing blast, they try to harness the power but instead cause a major electrical imbalance which knocks out the power to the city.  As Hulk is able to escape the locked chamber and freeing the Abomination, the laboratory blows up.  While something from the blast has manifested and taken life.

Meanwhile, Iron Man (Tony Stark) is testing out his armor vs. the Hulk Buster Iron Man armor which is being controlled by Jarvis.  As the two are aboard a flying vehicle owned by Tony, their power is also knocked out and when Jarvis reports that Gamma radiation has been detected, Iron Man worries that it may be Hulk related and leaves.

When Iron Man arrives, he sees that Hulk is there and automatically thinks that Hulk is responsible for the damage.  But before Iron Man could let the Hulk speak and explain what happened, the two end up getting into a fight.

But eventually the Hulk is able to pound some sense into Iron Man and they enter whatever is left of the HYDRA laboratory and they are instantly attacked by the HYDRA robots.  As both easily beat the robots, they go aboard Tony’s air vehicle, not knowing that a ball of energy has snuck onto Iron Man’s armor.

While aboard the space vehicle, the energy starts to manifest and Zzaxx, an energy-devouring monster is born.  And as they try to fight this new monster, Zzaxx has control of anything electrical, taking over various Iron Man armors.

Can Iron Man and the Hulk defeat Zzaxx?


“Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” uses a different animation style that I have ever seen used in a Marvel animated feature but yet, have seen on video games similar to “Killer 7” and “No More Heroes” in which the characters and backgrounds are detailed but instead but there is a certain layer that you can see over the characters.  So instead of the usual black or darken shading on a character, you see lighter shades of a color used.

Colors are well-utilized but for the most part, it’s a certain style of animation that may not suit everyone, but it is different and for those open to different type of artwork, will enjoy the character design and shading, while those used to previous Marvel animated films and are not used to this animation style, may have problems with it.


“Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” is presented in English, French and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.  During the action scenes, there is good use of the surround channels.  One scene where Iron Man is flying and you hear a plethora of missiles and machine guns firing, the soundscape becomes quite immersive. There is also good use of LFE at times.  But for the most part, the lossless audio for this animated film is crystal clear.

Subtitles are in English SDH, French and Spanish.


“Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” comes with the following special features:

  • Marvel “Inter-Missions” – If you hit pause during the film, you will receive a crazy twist to old-school Iron Man and Hulk animated clips.
  • Marvel Team Up with Ryan Penagos and Joe Q – (11:37) Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada and Ryan Penagos (Agent M of discussing their first comic books they read and the teaming up of Iron Man and the Hulk.
  • Marvel Mash-Ups – Featuring three two-minute Marvel Mash-Ups of old Marvel animation receiving a hilarious redub. Featuring: Shield, Betty Ross and Lil’ Hulk.


“Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” comes with the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy (code provided) plus a slipcover.

As a long time fan of both the Hulk and Iron Man, it’s always a treat for fans to see these two together.

For readers of the comic book, we have seen these two heroes get into quite a few skirmishes as Tony Stark had to resort to creating a Hulk Buster Iron Man armor to fight the Hulk and when things were good, these two made a great team but things were bad, these two got into crazy skirmishes.

But these two are Marvel icons, and what we have is the intellectual Tony Stark as Iron Man and as for the Hulk, fortunately not the “Hulk Smash” brute but the more smarter but can still get angry type of Hulk.

For fans, one of the biggest plus for this animated film is to see the Hulk Buster Iron Man armor used (as well as see other Iron Man armor featured) but also an animated film with consistent action that never lets up.  Also, for Hulk fans, you can never grow tired seeing the Hulk and the Abomination against each other.

But the primary antagonist for this animated film is Zzzax, a character that first appeared in the Incredible Hulk #166 (back in 1973) and an enemy that had appeared in the ’90s “The Incredible Hulk” animated series.

The history of Zzzax is different as in the comic book, he was a result of a terrorist plot to sabotage the Con Ed Nuclear Power Plant in New York but in this animated film, he is the result of one of HYDRA’s mad scientist who was trying to contain the incredible gamma power of the Hulk and the Abomination.

While Zzzax has never registered for me as a major Marvel antagonist, to be truthful, the coolness factor of Zzzax was definitely much better on this animated film versus what was featured of the energy guzzling monster featured in the “Incredible Hulk” or “West Coast Avengers” comic books.  And it helps that the action is non-stop and how both Iron Man and the Hulk tend to antagonize each other while fighting Zzzax.  They are the ultimate odd couple when they team-up but it’s always fun to watch these two heroes together.

As for the Blu-ray, picture quality is very good on Blu-ray but it’s the animation style that I feel that people will support and those not so used to it may have a problem with it.  It’s a style I have seen a few times on some video games and I’m always up for something different artistically but it’s not for everyone.  But PQ is very good as with its immersive lossless soundtrack.  The action scenes are immersive, use the surround channels and LFE quite effectively.

And as for special features, you get the Marvel “Inter-Missions” when you pause (plays a few hilariously re-dub clips from older Marvel series featuring the Hulk and Iron Man), a fascinating interview with Joe Quesada and Ryan Penagos and more hilarious re-dubbed clips in “Marvel Mash-Ups”.

Also, the animated film is presented on Blu-ray, DVD and via Digital Copy.

Overall, “Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” is an action-packed animated film featuring two of Marvel’s well-known icons such as Hulk and Iron Man.  Featuring a storyline with non-stop action and a different kind of animated style compared to other Marvel animated films, “Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” is an animated film worth watching!

Q&A with Adrian Pasdar of ABC Family’s “The Lying Game” (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

March 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As part of J!-ENT’s coverage of “The Lying Game”, the latest Q&A is with actor Adrian Pasdar.

Best known for his role as Nathan Petrelli on “Heroes”, Pasdar is also known for his roles in series such as “Profit”, “Touched by an Angel”, “Judging Amy” and “Desperate Housewives”.

Pasdar has been busy with appearances on shows such as “Castle”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and also supplying the voices for animated series featuring Marvel superheroes such as Tony Stark/Iron Man on “Iron Man”, Hawkeye in “The Super Hero Squad Show”, Captain America in “Black Panther” and now, Adrian is getting a lot of attention for his bad guy role as Alec Rybak in ABC Family’s “The Lying Game”.

In the series, Alec Rybak is a corrupted District Attorney.  He is also the father of Madeline and Thayer Rybak.

He is a close ally to Dr. Ted Mercer (played by Andy Buckley) and the adoptive father of Sutton, and biological father of Laurel.  He is now in a relationship with Annie “Rebecca” Sewell (played by Charisma Carpenter) but many mysterious surround Alec, especially of how he has certain knowledge of the mysteries that are happening in the series.

To help promote the second season, Adrian Pasdar recently took part in a media Q&A to discuss his role on “The Lying Game”. Here is the transcript from the media Q&A interview with the actor:

Moderator    The wedding proposal seemed to happen so quickly.  Is Alec suspicious of Rebecca’s motives, or has he completely fallen in love with her?

A. Pasdar      I think it’s an excellent question.  The way these things are written, we service an ongoing flat line.  But before all that happens, I had … with Chuck Pratt and the writers.  One of the things we can always be assured of is that whenever I think a fellow like Alec makes a move, it seems to be without motive.  Nothing altruistic about his intentions.  I think there is something behind his accepting it so quickly that we will come to find out in the follow-up to the finale.


Moderator    Alec may possibly be responsible for the death of Derek, the attack on Sutton and then Eduardo’s car accident.  Is Alec as evil as we have been led to believe, or could he be trying to cover up for someone?

A. Pasdar    I think it’s always a little more interesting when it’s not just good or bad; when there is liquidity to the morality.  I think Walt Disney said it best, when he said a show is only as good as the bad guy is bad.  This is a different show so it makes it work perfectly for us.  When it suits the show, he’s reprehensible in his behavior at times.  But I think ultimately we’re going to find out that it’s not all as bad as you think.  There is a great deal of protecting going on.  Although, for who, I can’t say.  I’m not at liberty.


Moderator   Could you tell us about some of your most interesting fan interactions?

A. Pasdar    I don’t know if I can say some of the most interesting ones, but some of the most print-worthy ones.  People, generally when I run into them, they know I’m not a bad guy.  They generally know I’m playing one on TV, but they always seem to keep a good distance between myself and them.  Even when we’re coming in for a picture.  They’re always looking over their left shoulder, if they’re hugging me, making sure I’m not going to strangle them or something.

I think there is a good deal of believability in the nastiness of Alec.  But there is also a vulnerability that we haven’t gotten into yet, but I can assure it’s there.  My relationship with the fans on this one, and other roles, has always been positive.  It’s great.  I haven’t had really weird altercations or anything.


Moderator    When you were in high school, what series were you a big fan of?

A. Pasdar    Rockford Files.   Gosh, when I was in high school, Rockford Files—that was probably the The Six Million Dollar Man, and then by extension, The Bionic Woman—Jamie Summers.  Those were the shows that were big.  There were only a couple channels back then, so it’s easy to recall.


Moderator         Alec seems to be at the center of almost all of the show’s juiciest moments and juicy stories.  Is it challenging playing a character that’s really involved at the center and core of the show like that?

A. Pasdar       No.  Challenging?  I mean, yes, it’s challenging in the extent that you have to be consistent with your intention, and with your work, and stay on top of your game.  For shows like this they pay you really to wait between setups.  The acting I do for free.  This stuff—the juicier the better.  I just happened to watch two shows.  I’ve never seen the show before because every time I’m working late Monday nights or I’m at the hotel and they don’t have the ABC Family Channel where we film.

I just saw the show for the first time last night, two of them in a row, the last two episodes.  I got to say, man, the cast I’m working with are remarkable.  To be at the center of anything that the writers write, I feel an immense comfort because the talent of these actors really supersedes a lot of the stuff that is on TV.  It’s really—I feel very fortunate to be amongst this caliber of people.

To be in the center of it, I know I’m going to be able to have a really good round robin with whoever I’m working with.  I’m charged about it.


Moderator   Speaking of the cast, Charisma Carpenter’s character, Rebecca, showed us a new side of Alec this season.  You two have really great onscreen chemistry.  What has it been like working with her, and how do you think that’s changed your character on the show?

A. Pasdar     It’s a tough question to come up against a character like Alec.  Charisma, she’s got a lot of moxie.  She got stones, as my father would say.  It’s fun to work with her because she can—I tend to be somewhat unpredictable and she can roll with it.  She makes me better, which I think probably is the best thing that I can say about anybody.  I feel confident that when we get done with our scene, it’s going to be better than it was before we started it.  We lifted off the page and she’s wonderful to work with.


Moderator     In your career you played a lot of villain-type characters from Nathan Petrelli in Heroes to now Alec Rybak in The Lying Game.  Do you feel like you’re being typecast into these roles now, or are you actively seeking them out to play?

A. Pasdar     Oh, no, sir.  I’m looking for them.  The real fun in theater, film, or television, I think is playing the bad guy.  There is just a lot of weight put on trying to be that super good looking heartthrob, leading man.  I just don’t find it very rewarding.  I think the reward for me—I’m not saying that those roles aren’t rewarding, but for me, the reward best comes when you can challenge somebody’s concept of what’s right and what’s wrong because it shifts for everybody, depending on what they need.  To be the guy that can service that part, that’s exciting for me.  I’m interested in that.  I have actively sought them out, to answer your question.


Moderator     Would you ever seek out a hero type role?

A. Pasdar       I think in the end of every show I’ve done, there has been an element of redemption.  Nathan Petrelli, I think was a perfect example of somebody who could be misconstrued as a bad guy.  Then in the end you reveal that he’s doing it to protect some people and ultimately the world.  He sacrifices himself.  At the very end of that show, that series, if you remember, that’s what happens.  Yes.  I like the idea of sending a good, positive message, especially to my children.  But the sole value of entertainment, it’s fun to be the bad guy.


Moderator    Alec has a great ability to avert questions on the show.  He’s able to get out of having to answer for any of his actions.  Would you consider him to be a chameleon?

A. Pasdar  Yes, good question.  Chameleon?  A guy like him stands out in an arena.  I don’t think he thinks of himself—or when I’m playing him, I don’t think of not so much blending in as so much—I guess more blending out is what he tries to do.  To remove himself from a situation that could be compromising by not placing himself in it to begin with, having other people do the work for him, is probably one of the things he does best.


Moderator  He seems to be the reason that a lot of lies are exposed, or a lot of lies are told.  How do you think that he gets himself involved in everyone else’s business, why do you think he does that?

A. Pasdar      Why, as opposed to how?  At the root of what we’re dealing with, a story that is much bigger in its enormity that’ll be revealed as to how Alec and everyone else fit into Mayberry, in their little world.  Without—obviously I can’t say too much, but I think it’ll be surprising to some.  Some may see it coming, although nobody has yet.  In all the questions and all the press I’ve done, and all the fan responses, and the blog time I’ve spent, nobody gets quite what they’re after yet, the writers.

I can’t finally comment on your question ultimately because it hasn’t been portrayed.  It hasn’t been played out.  But, he does find himself—I think there is a certain joy in the activity of being a part of other people’s lives to the extent which maybe they don’t want, but need.  I think he sees himself as a medicine man for his tribe.  Sometimes the medicine is a tough pill to swallow, but it does the job.

Moderator       You do the suave, sinister role so well.  Do you have inspiration, because you really don’t seem like that’s how you are in real life?  Do you have any particular actors that are inspirations that help you tap into that?

A. Pasdar      It’s funny, as you go on in this business, you end up slowly carving away at the totem poles that informed you earlier about how behavior is disseminated, and how it’s interpreted and digested.  There are a lot of great actors and more importantly, I think, a lot of great individuals at the center of a lot of political storms, whether it’s environmental, or ecological, or financial, that you can draw from to create a character like Alec Rybak.

Because you find these guys on Wall Street and on Main Street.  You find these guys in every town.  It’s just a degree—if you dress them up in overalls or you put them in a suit and tie.  Very often they can be the same guy.  It’s not to make a blank anonymous statement about who these character people are I draw from, but they’re out there.  They’re not hard to find.  They’re sitting in the restaurant, or on the bus, or in the bar, or on the boat with you.

Wherever you are, you’ll find somebody with that sensibility.  The other thing is, the great part is, I get to play it out in a scripted format.  I know what the result is going to be with my action before I do it, which gives me the power to play it as strongly as I do.  In real life, it’s a little more tricky.

Moderator     Do you have anything lined up for the hiatus?  Or are you just kicking back with the kids?

A. Pasdar   Yes, I’ve got my family lined up.  This has been a tough job on them because I’ve had to commute so much.  Then there were two movies that I did in the interim.  I did a pilot for HBO and a movie in New York as well that the folks from The Lying Game were very wonderful to accommodate.  It’s a feature film that shot in 3D called Run with William Moseley, the boy from Narnia.

It’s about Parkour, which is a whole, brand new concept to American audiences.  We saw a taste of it in the beginning of Casino Royale.  David Bell and those guys from France came across and did all this stuff for the beginning of that movie.  If you’ll remember what Daniel Craig was doing, all the jumping and stuff like that.  That is what Parkour is, the very beginning of it.

I’m going to take some time off because the three projects I’ve been juggling for the last four months—my family now looks at me going, Dad, we need you.  We want you home, buddy.  We love you.  I’m like, I’m exactly the same.  I’m going to take some time and just be at home until we go back in May.


Moderator    It seems so far Alec has really been able to orchestrate lots of shady dealings without consequence because of his position of power.  But it seems like things are starting to finally catch up with him.  Is he going to have to face the music soon?

A. Pasdar     I think the music that Alec listens to is the string section that nobody else can hear.  I really think he’s got so many dogs in the hunt right now that we don’t realize.  What’s really cool is that they’ve laid out a lot of clues.  One of the best clues that I’ve seen that nobody’s commented on—like I said earlier in one of the questions, I haven’t watched a lot of the shows because I haven’t been able to.  I’ve been working or otherwise engaged.  But, one of the best clues that nobody has said anything about was two episodes ago when—do you remember—the car broke down by the side of the road?


Moderator  Yes.

A. Pasdar     Okay.  Thayer asked Emma to hand him the lug wrench, and she says, I wouldn’t even know what that is.  It’s the thing right there.  The tire iron.  You remember that scene?  Anyways, it’s kind of interesting.  There are so many clues laid out in this show so beautifully that just go by quiet and unnoticed about who may be involved in what.  I’m just saying.  That picture of me swinging a tire iron, like I said.  What I love about the show is the way that they’ve laid out the clues.  To be a part of it, that’s about as fun as it gets.


Moderator    As far as his engagement to Rebecca goes, does he really love her?  Or is this another calculated move in his game?

A. Pasdar     I think for a guy in his position it may be a combination of both.  Somebody who’s relied so heavily on Machiavellian tendencies to remove him, or to extricate himself or his loved ones from situations, to actually be confronted with somebody who he admires, not only for their ability to make him feel loved, but to make him feel challenged by their own ability to be duplicitous.  I think they’re a really healthy combination.  I don’t think it’s one or the other.  I think it’s both.  I think he really admires/loves her/needs her.  Slash.


Moderator     Can you tell us a little bit about Alec’s first marriage, and maybe where Thayer and Mads’ mother is?

A. Pasdar   I can.  We haven’t really decided exactly, but I can tell you one of the avenues that we’ve considered.  Because you know these things are retooled, and retooled over and over again, until they’re finally unloaded.  I think one of the great things is that—her name was Christina, let’s say.  She may have been a dancer and wanted to pursue a life in the theater.

She may or may not have—how much can I tell you?  She may or may not have betrayed Alec’s trust in some fashion.  Yet, when confronted with her actions, he still realized that she was the only one that was ever going to have his heart.  He was prepared to forgive her.  She was not prepared to ask for that forgiveness.  Maybe she went away.  Perhaps, I’m just speculating—I’m spit balling here—but maybe she was the one that got away and Alec vowed that nobody would ever get close again.  Nobody would ever have his heart.

She actually left, and left him with his children, who he obviously loves.  That’s been part of the motivation for why he’s been so protective of Mads and Thayer from the beginning of the show.  He’s afraid she’s going to try and come back and reclaim—I wouldn’t say afraid.  He’s just protecting them from who he knows she really is.  That’s kind of the back-story.


Moderator    Will Alec and Rebecca in the finale actually go through with the wedding?  Or will someone try and stop it?

A. Pasdar    I can’t say. Gosh!


Moderator    Just thought I’d try.

A. Pasdar       All I can say is, yes, to everything.


Moderator      Okay.

A. Pasdar      I’m sure they’ll try and go through with it.  I’m sure somebody is going to try and stop it.  I’m sure that it’s not going to go off as planned. It’s not going to end like a normal wedding, let’s say.


Moderator   When you’re acting, especially with a role like this, are you drawing upon any personal experiences to try to get the feelings, or people you know, or you just go with the lines?  How do you go about it?

A. Pasdar    It’s not science.  It’s just you’re up there; you got the words in your head.  You’re looking at the people that are standing opposite.  You’re both wearing makeup and you’re dressed in other people’s clothes.  Once you get all those three things sorted out, the best you can do is reinterpret what you thought you understood in your head sometimes.  Acting is such a beautiful lying game in its own.  I love the title of the show for many reasons.

But acting with a—I’m wrapped up in right now, has never been more rewarding.  This is just great.  It’s not based on people in my personal life.  But, of course, it is at the same time.  How could I extricate anybody?  Ultimately, I’m just trying to create something like Nabokov might have for one of his novels.  I’m just trying to make something real and interesting and to have something that means something.  If it’s lost, it’d be a detriment to that character.

Something has to be at stake, especially in TV.  Less so in movies, but every scene in TV, something has to be at stake for an actor.  Otherwise, it’s boring.  I do believe at the end of the day, if you’re boring, you get punished.  I don’t know if that answers your question or not, but it’s how I feel about it.


Moderator  You’re married to one of the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, correct?

A. Pasdar   Yes, sir.


Moderator     Is there any chance that they might be having a musical performance with the Dixie Chicks in future episodes?

A. Pasdar   I don’t think that’s likely.  But what is interesting is that when we first started the show, before it aired, Charles Pratt, the Executive Producer and developer of the show, asked me if Natalie would be interested in writing a theme song for the show.  I was on a highway out here in Los Angeles and we were headed to the airport or something and I said it to her.  She said, yes, well, yes I would.  When does it have to be in?  He said by the end of the day, or something like that.

We missed that opportunity.  Not her so much, she doesn’t need it.  But I think the show would have—I love what the theme song is, don’t get me wrong—her tongue is a gun and all that.  That’s great.  But Natalie, they did offer her the opportunity to come up with the theme song for the show, and I thought that would have been fun.  But, no, she’s highly musical so there is no real telling where she’s going to turn up.  But I don’t think that the Dixie Chicks are going to be doing a performance in the show.


Moderator  Who would you like to see as a guest performer, or a guest star?

A. Pasdar  Musically?


Moderator    Either a guest star or musically.

A. Pasdar     I’d like to see Tom Waits.  You go ahead and write that script.  Who would I like to see?  Gosh.  Man, the casting directors, they’ve done such a great job.  I’m just thrilled with whoever they bring down the pike because the actors I’ve had a chance to work with—Tyler, Chris, these guys are just unbelievable.  Every single one of them.  Whoever the casting people bring to us I’m happy with.


Moderator    Alec’s approach to parenting is different than Dr. Mercer.  Then there’s Dan, Ethan’s older brother, who’s pretty much a father figure as well.  They have different ways of approaching being a dad.  Who do you think is doing the best job?

A. Pasdar    That’s subjective, but I know who’s doing the hardest job.  I can’t tell you the answer to that.  But, I also know who’s doing the worst job and who’s just getting by.  But, I can’t tell you who those people are.  You have to infer from what I’m about to say.  I think that there is a good deal of paternal involvement in the lives of these young folks.

The path that the individual fathers have chosen early on, I think was decided by mistakes that they made, not successes, which is interesting in this show.  These men are dealing with results from actions that they made as boys.  I think it’ll come out probably by the middle to the end of the second season.  You’ll see who’s a champ and who’s a chump.


Moderator   That’s actually very interesting.  Do you actually ever draw on your experience as a father when you’re playing this role?

A. Pasdar   I want to give you an interesting answer.  I just don’t have one at the tip of my tongue.  It’s hard to—my personal and professional lives are so separate that I’m sure I do.  I just don’t have an example to give you.  I’m trying to give you some good stuff to type up and put in your thing, but it’s such a—working on a show like this with writers like this, there is a solid consistency to my day-to-day on The Lying Game.

But, in real life there is an even better, bigger, consistency that I deal with, which is the love of my family and my children, and the life I live with my friends.  I just utterly can’t cross-pollinate there.  I’m sure I do.  But when asked if I do, I’ll probably say no.


Moderator    Do you already know the secret history behind what was done to Rebecca by Alec and Ted?

A. Pasdar      Yes.


Moderator   Is there any way that you can give a clue?

A. Pasdar      That wouldn’t serve anybody, really, for me to say what I think that—yes, I can give you a clue.  I have to make it really good though.  One you’ll never get.  Then it’s not really a clue, is it?  Let’s see.  I would watch the show, as a viewer, with an eye toward the seemingly irreverent details that very often are thrown in an off-hand manner by actors, as they’re instructed to do and as it’s written.

The clues in The Lying Game are buried, but they’re not buried deep.  They’re buried at the end of scenes.  Very often somebody off-camera will say something, or an actor in a nonchalant way will deliver a line that seems inconsequential.  It seems meaningless.  It just seems like a wrap-up to a conversation.  But it’s there and the writers have very diligently put these clues in every single episode.

It’s amazing actually, because like I said to one of the earlier interviewers, I just watched a couple of the episodes last night for the first time and I was stunned at how much information was actually revealed that nobody probably picked up on because it’s so—the foliage around it is so green that you don’t see the bare stem of truth that’s growing behind it.  It’s kind of amazing. It’s Shakespearian in a way.

Actually, it’s beyond Shakespearian because Shakespeare always put that stuff out there blatantly, and then let you back-off and gasp at the fact that no way he could have told the truth in that moment.  This series has such a collective team of writers that they’ve really let it go.  The secret is already out there.  It’s been told three times.  I can’t tell you which episode, but the truth has come out three times in the last ten episodes about who is responsible for what.  That’s all I can say.


Moderator    What is it about Alec that you admire?

A. Pasdar    He’s loyal.  That’s it.  If you’ve got him as a friend, you have him as a friend.


Moderator    I think we’ve seen a lot of that with Ted.

A. Pasdar   Yes.  There is a lot more that you haven’t—a lot more that you actually have seen, but haven’t digested, I think.  I wish I could say more, I really do.  I’d love to be able to sit and talk with you about what’s happening.  But at the same time I’m trying—I’ve got these velvet handcuffs on.  Yes, there is a lot of loyalty going on.


Moderator      Do you have a background in comedy?

A. Pasdar   No.  I might have a foreground in it.


Moderator     You think you might do some comedy sometime in the future?

A. Pasdar   Oh, man.  I’d love to.  I tell you what, we crack up on this show like it’s nobody’s business.  The funniest thing on this show is the outtakes, because there are moments of me being super serious with all this, and then all of a sudden I’ll just do a spit take.  It’s not because I’m trying to do something funny, it’s just because the weight of the ridiculousness that we’re dealing with—basically a soap opera.  It’s funny, but we have really good actors, super high-end people.  The funniness that you’re talking about is something I’ve learned from just—oh should I say it—decades of doing what I do.


Moderator      There are many fans that see you as a villainous heartthrob from Heroes, and now in Alec in The Lying Game.  Who happens to be your celebrity crush at the moment?

A. Pasdar    My celebrity crush would be my wife, darling.


Moderator     What kind of acting role would you love to try that would be opposite of what you’re used to?

A. Pasdar   I just did it for a pilot for HBO.  Doug Ellin, the creator of Entourage, he had a new pilot that was working for HBO that was called 40.  It was myself, and Michael Imperioli, and Michael Rapaport.  A great show—way out of what I would think most people would think is my kind of role.  It was a lot of fun.  We had a good time. 

I learned that you got to trust your comfort zone.  At a certain point you got to go with the trust that you know, and the things that you know are funny, that are serious and dramatic.  I’m a grown man.  I’m a big boy.  At this point in my life, I know what works for me.  What puts the beef on the table, as it were.  Playing something outside of your comfort zone is fun.  I’m not saying play it safe.  Comfort zones can be interesting.  Most people never go outside of them.

I guess that’s why it’s interesting to actors.  I think some of the best performances that actors have given are perceived as steps outside of a comfort zone, but really it’s as close to that person as you can get.  That’s when they win an Academy Award, or something like that.  Comfort zone—it’s an interesting topic, but I don’t have a clear vision of what it is.


Moderator   Has Season 2 been officially picked up?

A. Pasdar     Officially, no, they haven’t said anything to us.  But it would be—they haven’t said anything to us at all.  But I can’t imagine it not coming back.  Can you?  It’s a good show.


Moderator     Has there been any mention of when you would return to start filming again?

A. Pasdar      We’ve talked about the end of May, beginning of June.  Right when it starts to hit its hottest months in Texas, we’ll go back.  We were there last year—this is brutal.  I think we had 79 or 89 days over a hundred degrees in a row. We were all saying as we wrapped the last episode, we were all saying, why don’t we just keep working until it gets hot and then take those three months off?  But the infinite wisdom of the powers that be, they know far better than us about why.  I don’t know.  To answer you, we have not been officially picked up.


Moderator     Can you describe the finale in just three words?

A. Pasdar    Buckle up.


Season 2 of the Lying Game airs on ABC Family, Mondays 9/8c

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