December 16th, 2011
04:27 PM ET
Once upon a time, back in 2007, "Arrested Development" actor David Cross – one of the mainstays of the wildly successful "Alvin and the Chipmunks" movie franchise – defended his work in the first movie after receiving criticism that he'd sold out. (It was later dismissed as a "private in-joke" by fellow comic actor Patton Oswalt).
Well, the days of Cross defending "Chipmunks" are long gone.
In an interview with Indiewire, Cross said that his experience on "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" was "literally, without question, the most unpleasant experience I’ve ever had in my professional life."
Now that Cross is "contractually done" with the three films, which star Jason Lee as Dave Seville, he is speaking his mind about the third movie of the series, released in theaters today.
"It’s safe to say I won’t be working with some of those people ever again," he said. "Not the actors. And the director was great. We got along. There were a couple of people, though... it was just a really awful, unpleasant experience."
On the other hand, Cross still found something positive to say about making the three movies, if only because he was recognized in places like China.
"I got recognized in a teeny tiny town in Mozambique," he said. "In Zimbabwe. Botswana. It’s crazy."
Cross, whose current series, "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret," returns to IFC in January, said that every "Arrested Development" actor has verbally agreed to appear in the new season of shows, coming to Netflix.
"No one wants to be the a–hole who ruins it for everyone else. But no one doesn't want to do it, everyone’s excited."
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