October 6th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
After three seasons of “Arrested Development,” a slew of big-screen comedies and hilarious guest spots on shows like “30 Rock” and “Parks and Recreation,” funnyman Will Arnett brings us “Running Wilde,” in which he plays an “insane billionaire.”
His character Steve Wilde is rich and self-absorbed, but when he’s reunited with Emmy (Keri Russell), he vows to change so that he might win back her heart.
“This is something that’s kind of new for us,” Arnett said during a conference call. “We’re telling a romantic story within a comedy. Every week we get better and better at telling the story of these two people.”
And while Arnett notes there are obvious differences between him and his character, he says, “There’s a childishness about Steve that I probably have.”
“I’m sure there are people who think I could probably grow up more,” he added. “I don’t take a lot of things all that seriously. In that way, Steve and I are very similar. I approach each day thinking I’d like it to be a fun experience.”
And fun is exactly what comes to mind when imagining life in the Arnett-Poehler household. (Arnett and his wife, actress and comedian Amy Poehler, have two children together.)
“There’s for sure a lot of joking around - just as much as anybody in any household,” he said. “But we’re a lot more boring than people think. Or, maybe it’s just as boring as people think.”
At the end of the day, though, Arnett said the main goal he has for "Running Wilde" is simply to pull off what the best comedies do: “make people laugh,” he said. “We’re not making ‘Arrested Development 2,’ we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. We’re just trying to make people laugh from 9:30 to 10.”
Did you catch "Running Wilde" on Fox last night? What do you think of the series so far?
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