Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Will Arnett

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Will Arnett

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Best known for his Emmy-nominated role as the woman-chasing, Segway-riding magician G.O.B. in Arrested Development, Will Arnett will next be seen opposite wife Amy Poehler in the figure skating comedy Blades of Glory, out March 30, kicking off a slew of big-screen gut-busters. We could've discussed the criminally canceled cult series, but wouldn't you rather hear about his "drop the soap" moral and cute Clooney crush? Come on!

Did you know you had a big gay following?

I didn't know I had any gay following. I mean, I knew that I had a couple of gays following me, but I didn't know I had an actual gay following. I feel honored. If I do have a gay following, they have great taste.

Do you fancy yourself a handsome man?

In the scope of things, no. All you have to do is spend 10 minutes out in Los Angeles and you don't feel very handsome anymore. There are lots of very handsome young actors who make you feel old.

You've got about a dozen films listed online as either in development or in production. Are you some sort of cyborg?

I'm planning a full-fledged attack on the movie business and trying to make every movie as bad as possible by inserting myself into it. No, I figure, make hay while the sun shines, as it were. But yes, I am a cyborg, but that's totally unrelated.

Which upcoming project will gay fans enjoy the most?

Actually, I'm playing a gay character on 30 Rock that I just shot. I'm a West Coast executive who's vying for Alec Baldwin's character's job. When it's revealed that I'm gay, he uses Kenneth the page to seduce me to distract me from taking his job. I do get blinded by him for a while, but I'm able to overcome it. I get to make the statement "I'm gay and I want your job!"

In Blades of Glory was it hard to maintain your masculinity in those skating outfits?

Some were more difficult than others. There's a scene where I'm wearing pink, faux snakeskin-y leather pants, and I don't think I've ever worn anything so tight. But my favorite skating outfit had to be the JFK suit, which was essentially a one-piece leotard that looked like a suit with a tutu thing over that. It was absolutely absurd and very revealing--I constantly had to be on "revealing" alert.

In real life are you more Nancy Kerrigan or Tonya Harding?

I honestly don't know which one I'd rather be. The plus is that neither of them is in the news anymore--that's a big plus to the world. I'm probably more Tonya because I'm kind of shitty.

In Let's Go to Prison your character, Nelson, has an odd romance with one of the other inmates. Did you see Nelson as gay?

It's interesting because he does end up in this really nice relationship with Barry, the character played by Chi McBride. …

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