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2018 USA Today Interview

2018 USA Today Interview

Cast left to right: Jeffrey Tambor, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Jessica Walter, Alia Shawkat, Jason Bateman and David Cross.


Before their 2018 New York Times Interview the cast of Arrested Development sat down with Patrick Ryan from USA Today for an interview about Season Five and


(Arrested Development) it's back for a fifth season of antics of the formerly wealthy, highly dysfunctional Bluth family. Before the cast's controversial New York Times interview was published Wednesday, USA TODAY sat down with seven of the show's key players - Patrick Ryan (USA Today)


Read the full interview here

Question: Many viewers were disappointed that the whole cast didn't share more scenes together last season. Was it important to fix that this time around?

Jessica Walter: It was vital. We really missed each other.

Jason Bateman: The fun part of making the show is getting to do it with everybody. There were limitations and experiments with that season that had varying degrees of success, and this season, everybody was unanimous in wanting to go back to the familiar formula.  

Q: The show is coming back to a very different political climate, but also a culture that is more sensitive to jokes that could be perceived as racist, sexist or homophobic. Do you think it'll be received any differently in 2018?

Arnett: It will be received however people want to receive it. We don’t live in an age where there’s any real conversation: It’s just people talking at each other and throwing their opinions at each other. Humor is super-important to try and open up dialogue, and sacred cows are always the funniest. That's just always the way it's been. You look at Archie Bunker in All in the Family — you would not be able to make that show today.

Bateman: You have a very "progressive" or "left" or "edgy" type of humor on our show, and if that makes you uncomfortable, there’s tons of other stuff for you to watch. Just change the channel — it allows us to make our show for the small audience that does like it.  

Q: Alia, you've spoken about feeling conflicted in wanting to stand behind your friend, Jeffrey, but also support the women who have come forward. Has that been tricky to navigate?

Alia: It is difficult, but the truth is that this (Me Too) movement is more powerful than anything I could say and I would never stand against it. I know people who are victims of sexual harassment, and it’s important that their voices are heard. But sometimes, I think because we’re entertainers, (the media) want us to choose these very black-and-white sides and sexual harassment isn’t black and white. There’s a huge gray area that’s never discussed; it’s not just about bashing and dragging people through the mud.

Jessica: Let me just say one thing: I think that harassment of any kind — verbal, sexual, physical, emotional — is wrong. I have great empathy for these people that come out and have the courage to talk about it. I also have great empathy for people who have been falsely accused. It’s a very hard thing all the way around.  

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