Alan Tudyk Talks ‘Powerless’ And Tackling Comedy Over Drama

POWERLESS -- "Sinking Day" -- Pictured: Alan Tudyk as Van -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)


If you check out Alan Tudyk’s resume, his body of work runs the gamut. Whether it’s his collaborations with Joss Whedon (Firefly, Dollhouse) or spearheading his own series (Con Man), Tudyk is a highly diverse actor. During the interviews for his new show Powerless, I asked him if he actually found comedy to be a harder genre to tackle than drama.

POWERLESS — “Sinking Day” — Pictured: Alan Tudyk as Van, Vanessa Hudgens as Emily — (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

One of the creative draws in doing Powerless is that it’s set in Charm City, a new metropolis within the DC Universe. Thus the storylines aren’t beholden to what goes on in Gotham (Tudyk plays Van Wayne, a cousin of Bruce Wayne, on the show).

“Every week is something new,” says Tudyk. “We’re not stuck in a rut. There are so many different places in this world. It’s wide open and you have all these fantastical elements you can play within it.”

In the video clip below, Tudyk explains why he doesn’t see comedy as a more difficult genre than drama (Powerless co-stars Christina Kirk and Vanessa Hudgens are also featured in the clip, which has Tudyk referencing his work on Whedon’s Dollhouse):

Powerless airs Thursday evenings on NBC (8:30 pm et/pt).

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