In Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) and the remaining Gladers are out of the Maze, but they certainly aren’t free and clear of WCKD yet. In order to find out what the organization has in store for them, they’ve got to make their way through an area called the Scorch, a region that’s been ravaged by solar flares and is packed with infected individuals called Cranks.
In James Dashner’s book, Thomas has a particularly alarming encounter with a Crank named Blondie and while on set back in December, we were delighted to find out that that role went to Alan Tudyk. Before he hit the set to take a beating from Giancarlo Esposito’s Jorge, Tudyk came by to show off his fight wounds and participate in a roundtable interview. Check out what he told us about Blondie’s look, his knockout drink and much more in this set visit interview.
In case you missed it, you can also check out the latest Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials trailer below. The film is due in theaters on September 18th.
Question: That’s terrifying!
ALAN TUDYK: It’s been a rough morning.
That might be the coolest jacket ever though.
TUDYK: It’s sweet, right? It even looks better I think that it’s sort of run down and they’ve distressed it. It was like a cheap jacket online and now it’s couture. Blondie’s classy. He’s really stylin’ while he drugs and kidnaps children.
How did this come to you?
TUDYK: How did I get this? I auditioned. Like many things
How do you still have to audition? Your reel speaks for itself!
TUDYK: Right?! It doesn’t. [Laughs] When you’re a character actor, the roles that I’ve been lucky enough to do are so very different from one another and I really enjoy that, getting to do so many different things, but then it kind of becomes, ‘Yeah, we know you can do that. Can you do this?’ Because they tend to be very different. I guess I could have shown them some stuff from Dollhouse and said, ‘I can do it like that,’ because that guy was crazy and sort of sadistic – not sort of sadistic. I don’t know if you saw that. It was a Joss Whedon television show and I carved up the faces of a lot of people, kidnapped people, he was awful. He was an awful guy.
What was it about Blondie and this world that made you want to be a part of it?
TUDYK: It’s a lot of fun. In this story, in this movie in particular they’re on this trek and they keep encountering all these different challenges and I’m just another one of the challenges that they encounter. He’s almost so far from the world they’ve come from, it’s a blast. With these kinds of characters, I was like, ‘I want a bunch of chains. Can I wear a bunch of jewelry?’ ‘Sure, why not?’ It doesn’t matter. You can do whatever because he’s such a unique individual. I could have a Band-Aid on every finger with no explanation of why I have a Band-Aid and a ferret that I pet. You can put anything on this guy and it’s like, ‘Yeah. okay. Yeah, that works, probably.’ Those types of people are a blast because the parameters are wide open. You can go crazy.
What kind of crazy is he?
TUDYK: He’s a capitalist. [Laughs] The worst kind. The scene that we’re shooting today is obviously I get beaten up because I have been selling off the kids that I’m able to catch in the web of my dance club off to Wicked. In this scene I explain it’s supply and demand. It’s just how it goes. I’ve got to get by some way and this is how I do it. Somebody else would do it if it wasn’t me. It’s a capitalist.
How long did that make up take?
TUDYK: It’s like two and a half hours. It’s not bad. Not bad at all. You go in and they do the cast of your face and stuff, so there’s a head somewhere of me, another one. I’ve got a few heads floating around in LA and Burbank. They tend to all be in Burbank.
This is your second day on the movie and this is your last day on the movie?
TUDYK: Yeah, he’s pretty quick.
What’s it like jumping into something like this when it’s a second movie and they’ve already been shooting for weeks?
TUDYK: Great? [Laughs] It’s fine. I get to come in with a lot of energy. I’m not tired at all. [Laughs] I’m very optimistic so it’s easy to stand out as a very positive player on the day. It’s neat. It’s neat to just kind of jump into a world, get to play for a couple of days and then I’ll go home and then two or three days will go by and I’ll go, ‘Wow, was I just in New Mexico? That’s weird. I have pictures of me with my face beaten up.’ It’s wild.
Wes is still pretty new. What do you like about working with him?
TUDYK: He likes to play around ,which is great. He’s open to trying different things, which is good. Then it becomes more of a collaboration, especially I imagine with something this large, it kind of has its own life as well and you have to ride it as it’s going and keep changing because it changes. We had a big day yesterday of shooting and we tried a lot of different things. There’s some drugs that I give the youngins and so once you open up into that world, if you’re on a drug trip, a lot of different things can happen and we were just dancing, playing around, screaming, laughing, cackling, madness. So he’s open to madness.
Did anyone come up with what exactly is in his concoction?
TUDYK: Coffee mate. [Laughs] I thought it’d be much worse than that. No, it’s some future drink. It looks like Listerine or something like that, but I’m pretty sure it’s a lot worse. It’s a hallucinogen. It’s a euphoric drug. We just see the effects on him. And it also knocks you out. It knocks you out so that Wicked can come in and take them away.
So it’s something that’s supplied by Wicked?
TUDYK: Yeah, either that or we make it. We might make it.
They bring it to you and then you sell it.
TUDYK: You know what? They have better laboratories than I do. [Laughs] They’ve probably got – maybe that was part of the deal. ‘AND we’ll provide you with the knockout drugs! We’ll throw that in for free!’
Did you read the books?
TUDYK: I have. I have read this book now. I watched the first movie before I ever knew about the second movie and liked it and then after I got the role, I read it.
How is it working with the kids?
TUDYK: It’s good. I try not to call them kids. [Laughs] They’re young adults. They’re great.
Had you worked with any of them before?
TUDYK: No. They’re doing a great job. It’s a really hard job this, and they’ve been at it. This is their second movie and there’s a lot of opportunity to go off the rails, after you do a hard job for a long time to get annoyed by it and bristle. I haven’t seen any of that. Everybody’s really courteous to one another, everyone’s getting along, having fun, playing, which you’re supposed to be. I’ve seen it go the other way and it’s nowhere near as fun as this!
TUDYK: Oh no, it’s my voice. Although the producer described him as a malevolent Willy Wonka, Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka, because he’s on his own drugs. There’s a lot of power that he’s holding onto. He’s on drugs, he’s on drugs.
It’s just like that tunnel scene from Willy Wonka, but over and over.
TUDYK: [Laughs] We did some of those moments last night. Yeah, and the last scene. ‘You win nothing! Nothing! You get nothing!’ [Laughs] It’s that scene.
What about the Flare? Do we get to see him being affected by that at all?
TUDYK: No, the idea is that I have been infected, but we don’t see it develop too much. You just see my ass get kicked and they steal my car. What are you gonna do? I’m the victim here. Obviously! ‘Officer, look at this! They broke into my home. I was having a little dance party.’
What is it like to shoot a scene where you just get the crap kicked out of you?
TUDYK: I don’t know that I’ve done one. I mean, I haven’t done this scene. I don’t think I’ve ever done one? That’s not true. I was tortured once on a TV show called Firefly and it felt a lot like torture because we were being electrocuted so you’d grip your muscles up like that and then you’d relax and grip your muscles, and then the next day you woke up like, ‘Oh my god.’ We didn’t realize at the time that it’s actually working muscles and so we were sore as if we’d worked out. You’ve just got to be careful not to, since I’m not one of the youngins, to knock my head back and smack my brittle bones around. [Laughs] But I like stuntmen. I like him. We have a good stuntman. There’s another guy who looks just like me with this same thing going on. He’ll take all the big hits. They’re good at that. They like doing it. They’re insane.
Who is it that kicks the crap out of you?
TUDYK: George. Who plays George again? I haven’t met him yet. He’s like a badass. He’s a good actor. Oh, Jorge! Giancarlo Esposito. Yeah Jorge, that’s how you say it. [Laughs] Obviously I haven’t met him.