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The Voice

Will Arnett may have become a familiar face on “Arrested Development,” but his pipes have been famous for decades

Author Jacqueline Detwiler

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Miller Mobley

 

Let it be known: Will Arnett has a hell of a larynx. He’s spoken in ads for GMC trucks, had a voice cameo in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and has lent his auditory signature to more animated movies than you can shake an elephant-shaped rattle at.

This month, Arnett is back as Surly the Squirrel in The Nut Job, a heist movie for kids, and even though the actor isn’t on camera, he worked hard to get the part right. “Sometimes they’d say, ‘All right, you’re getting punched in the stomach,’” he says. “If you were to see a video of me recording, I’d probably look pretty stupid because I ended up kind of contorting my body in various positions.”

This kind of method acting may seem excessive, given the role, but Arnett insists it is completely necessary. “People can tell if stuff is fake,” he says. “They’ll be like, ‘it doesn’t sound strained enough.’” He pauses and adds, “So, anyway, I brought people in and had them punch me in the stomach.” (Jan. 17)

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