How hyped were you to finally get a Fez episode, and it’s the season premiere at that?
I was super juiced up. Reading that script, I was fired up for sure.
When you didn’t get one in season 1, did Sam tell you, “Don’t worry. I got you”?
No, I was supposed to die in season 1, bro.
I don’t know, but apparently, because they cast me off the street, I guess the character of Fezco was [never meant to stick around]. I don’t even know how. I never saw that script. No one ever told me. It was one day when we were filming the pilot that I think Jacob told me, he was like, “Oh yeah, you didn’t know? Your character gets [imitates brains getting blown out].” And yeah, it never ended up happening. I think that they liked what I did and so they decided to keep me alive and let me rock. I don’t know how I was going out, but hopefully I would’ve gone out like a G.
So as someone who didn’t really even think about acting before this, how does that feel to know what you were doing, just being your natural self, resonated so deeply with the creators and the fans that they’re changing the whole plan for you?
I don’t know. I still don’t understand it, to be honest with you, man. I really don’t because I still get up and I’m like, “What the heck? What am I doing here? Why did they not hire a professional actor?” I just had to come to terms because during the filming of the pilot everyone would compliment me and say, “Oh you’re killing it, man.” And I was like, “No, I’m not, but thank you for trying to make me feel better.” Because I just felt like I had no idea what I was doing. I felt like I was doing a terrible job. So yeah, it gave me that solid evidence that was like, “Damn, actually I guess I must be doing something right.”
I mean, you are a professional actor now.
Yeah. I guess I am.
You’ve said during the audition process that you changed some of Fez’s dialog to make it sound more like you. Do you still do that, or does Sam have your voice figured out at this point?
He tries, but we always get a chance to work together and figure out what would sound most natural coming out of my mouth. He asks me sometimes, “What would you say in this situation?” And he just wants me to feel comfortable, so I’ll just check with him and I’ll say, “What do you think about me changing this up here?” And he’s always open to working together on that.
I don’t know if you remember from season 1, but you have this tense scene with Nate in your store and then you ring him up like, “That’ll be $5.75, playboy.” That line became a big hit.