During the press tour for X2:X Men United I did a lot of talk shows, including The Jonathon Ross Show for the BBC in the UK
And then here I am on Caroline Rhea, Conan O'Brien and Graham Norton as well as clips from coverage of the premiere in LA, the WB11 news in NYC, E News Live and soooo on.
I provided the voice for the bumbling yet kind-hearted Bruno the Bear in this CBBC Scotland series about a girl and her enchanted adventures with four beautifully carved animals that spring to life on her command. Shoebox Zoo was first broadcast on CBBC in September 2004.
I played theatre director Mark Bodine in The Goodbye Girl, a Turner Network Television original film that offered a contemporary turn on Academy Award-nominated Neil Simon's classic about a dumped-on divorcee and an aspiring actor who become unwilling roommates in a New York City apartment.
Directed by Richard Benjamin, the film was shot in Vancouver in the spring of 2003, and aired on TNT in January.
In the last ever season of Frasier, I played a yogi named Ahmrit who gives private classes to Niles and Daphne in an episode that aired in March. I'd always liked Frasier, so it was great to actually be in it. The most amazing thing about the week-long process was seeing how skilled the cast was at knowing exactly what was needed to make the script work best. They had been playing these characters for so long they just had it down. I was full of admiration for them, both for that reason and that they hadn't gone crazy playing the same people for ten years! I'd only ever done one US sitcom before, but they made me feel I was in very safe hands. The only bummer was I didn't get to shoot my scenes in front of the live audience. We had to pre-record them because David Hyde Pierce had to do yoga moves that needed a body double!
Son of the Mask is a follow-up to The Mask (1994). I shot this movie in Sydney, Australia from November 2003 until March 2004. I played Loki, the God of Mischief (natch), who is on a quest to get his precious mask back from the hapless Tim (Jamie Kennedy) and Tonya (Traylor Howard). He does this by taking on lots of disguises. There's also an uber-cute baby and a dog! What's not to like? Son of the Mask is directed by Larry Gutterman and was released by New Line Pictures.
This was a really long film and full of effects, but even though it was sometimes incredibly technical I sort of went into a zen place and didn't really engage with it all and just tried to remain in character and pretend it was a normal film! Of course getting to swish around in a leather coat makes me happy any of the day of the week, and this was also the first of two films I did back to back (the other being Reefer Madness) in which my character goes into loads of disguises, so it was always fun to look forward to my next crazy creation. And filming in Sydney was really amazing - a beautiful city and a funny, down to earth crew.
I recorded the voice of Persnickitty the Cat in Garfield, the live action version of the popular cartoon. Other voices are supplied by Bill Murray and Debra Messing. Meow.
I shot Ripley Under Ground, an adaptation of one of Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley novels, in London and the Isle of Man in the summer of 2003. The film was directed by Roger Spottiswoode and also stars Willem Dafoe, Barry Pepper, Tom Wilkinson, Ian Hart and Claire Forlani.
I had a real laugh making this film, playing a coked up art dealer, but sadly it never really saw the light of day in theaters. Click here to see the trailer
Fegan Floop makes a brief but thrilling appearance in what we all thought was the final installment of the Spy Kids trilogy, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.
Going back to Austin to shoot these few scenes I had in this movie felt like going home for Thanksgiving. I was seeing all the same cast and crew for a few days and going to the old familiar places, even wearing the old familiar Floop costume. This experience was quite different to the other two because practically the entire movie was shot against green screen. Also of course the 3-D part made it very different technically. I have always been bitter that there weren’t any Floop dolls made, apart from the one Juni has in the first movie (which I have), so when I was wrapped they gave me a bronzed Floop doll for posterity. It sort of looks like an award so that makes up for not having been an action figure.
I went to LA to interview the goddess that is Halle Berry for my Eavesdropping with Alan Cumming show. We had just finished shooting X2, and that is why I look ill and drawn and fat.