Alan Tudyk is known for taking on comical roles, from his wisecracking characters in franchises like Firefly to the darker comedy of Con Men, Tudyk is used to playing characters that involve being a bit of a jokester. But in his role as Mr. Nobody in DC Universe's Doom Patrol, he's found the perfect outlet for his comedic skill, but this time the actor gets to add a real sense of menace to the mix.
During a Q&A in Los Angeles following the premiere of the first two episodes of the series, Tudyk, alongside his co-star Timothy Dalton, some a bit about Mr. Nobody, the series' supposedly unbeatable "pain in the ass."
Mr. Nobody exists outside of reality to an extent, allowing the character to play the role of the series' narrator. Asked if Mister Nobody is actually reliable as the narrator, Tudyk responded with a sly, "Yes." "It's a lot of fun to have the villain as the narrator, commenting on everything," the actor continued. "He breaks down the fourth wall and talks about how the critics, 'Oh, they're not going to like this,' and there's even more... he breaks down the fourth wall, and that's fun. And he doesn't like [the Doom Patrol]."
When pressed on why Mr. Nobody has an issue with the titular team, Tudyk argued, "there are so many reasons. He just can't. They're so depressing, he can't even. To have the villain be the narrator, to get to do that job is a lot of fun... He's got an agenda, for sure. This type of situation, where there's narration with action, there isn't a lot of room to screw around too much because it fits the story. I'm narrating what's happening and can't go off on my own tangents so much. It's also really good writing."
As for why Mr. Nobody rattles Niles Caulder so much, Tudyk's co-star was very candid. "Mr. Nobody is more powerful," Dalton revealed. "You can't beat him." Tudyk punctuated the answer with a resounding "Yeah!" "He's a real pain in the ass," Dalton responded. "He gets me every time," he said, side-eyeing a gleeful Tudyk.
When asked what about the character surprised him the most, Tudyk said "I was interested to see what I looked like. There's another answer, but that's what I'm going with right now. If you're a fan of the comic, then you know that Mr. Nobody was drawn very oddly. He looked like a golf club, a question mark. I'm so glad we didn't go with that... [Character co-creator] Grant Morrison said that you can never see him straight on. Whenever you look at him, it's as if you're only seeing him out of the corner of your eye and you can never really see him. So I think they did a really good job with him being fractured and living in different dimensions."
Doom Patrol stars Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele, Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor, Diana Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Alan Tudyk as Mr. Nobody, April Bowlby as Rita Farr, Joivan Wade as Vic Stone, and Timothy Dalton as Niles Caulder.