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Top Five Alan Tudyk Performances Because We Deserve Nice Things

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Alan Tudyk has joined the cast of DC Universe’s upcoming animated series Harley Quinn, where he will be voicing The Joker. The nerd culture mainstay joins The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco, who is set to voice Harley and Diedrich Bader who will play Batman. This is Tudyk’s second role in the DC Universe, as he has also signed up to play Eric Morden/Mr. Nobody in the upcoming Doom Patrol series.

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Tudyk’s casting is yet another in a long line of iconic genre performances that has made him one of our most beloved character actors. Let’s take a look back at the top five Alan Tudyk performances, shall we?

Gerhardt, 28 Days

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One of Tudyk’s first roles was in the 2000 Sandra Bullock rehab dramedy 28 Days, where he played the German recovering addict Gerhardt. Gerhardt was frequently the film’s comic relief, but never at the expense of the character’s queerness. Tudyk delivers a hilarious yet heartfelt performance, and his monologue about forks in the road is an instant classic.

Tucker, Tucker and Dale vs Evil

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This 2010 horror comedy takes the “killer redneck in the woods” horror trope and turns it on its head to hilarious effect. Tudyk plays one half of the hillbilly duo (Tyler Labine stars as Dale) as they unwittingly find themselves in a case of mistaken identity with a group of camping teens. The one-joke premise delivers a film with plenty of laughs, scares, and a surprisingly heartfelt bromance between Tudyk and Labine.

K-2SO, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Tudyk’s deadpan K-2SO is welcome comic relief in one of the darkest entries in the Star Wars franchise. The reprogrammed Imperial security droid provides crucial back-up to the team, as well as some droll wit to cut the tension. The biggest disappointment of Rogue One? That K-2SO will never get his own trilogy.

Wray Nerely, Con Man

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Tudyk wrote, directed and starred in Con Man, a comedy web series based on his time doing the comic convention circuit. The two season series follows Nerely, a struggling actor whose supporting role on a cult classic sci-fi series has relegated him to con fame, as opposed to the show’s star Jack Moore (Nathan Fillion at his Fillion-est) has gone on to be a movie star. The cast is stacked with genre favorites and playfully pokes fun at the world of geekdom and Tudyk’s most famous role.

Hoban “Wash” Washburne, Firefly and Serenity

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Tudyk’s performance as Wash, the goofy pilot of the good ship Serenity in Firefly, was a heartfelt addition to Joss Whedon’s ragtag crew of smugglers. Tudyk and co-star Gina Torres, who played his wife Zoe, are one of the all-time greatest sci-fi couples. Wash was never threatened by Zoe’s strength and bravery, and remained a supportive and devoted husband no matter what the ‘verse threw at them. Tudyk’s warm portrayal of the pilot made it all the more heartbreaking when the character died in Serenity. He was, after all, a leaf on the wind.

What’s your favorite Alan Tudyk performance?

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Chelsea Steiner
Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.

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