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Interview with H. Jon Benjamin of "Archer" on
This was a very fun call! Benjamin is always hilarious,
as is everyone on the show.
FX NETWORK: Archer
March 30, 2015/10:00 a.m. PDT
H. Jon Benjamin
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by,
and welcome to the Archer conference call. For the
conference, all participants are in a listen-only mode. As a
reminder, todayís call is being recorded.
Iíll turn the conference now to Ms. Rosy Baker. Please, go
Rosy: Hi, everyone, welcome to the Archer conference call
with series star H. Jon Benjamin, who plays the role of
everyoneís favorite master spy, Agent Sterling Archer. Iíd
like to thank all of you for joining us today, and just
remind you that this call is for print purposes only, no
audio may be used. And as a reminder, Archer concludes its
sixth season this Thursday, April 2nd at 10 p.m. only on FX.
With that said, letís go ahead and take our first question.
Moderator: And weíll go to Suzanne Lanoue with the The TV
MegaSite. Please go ahead.
H. Jon: Good morning.
Suzanne: I was wondering with all the things that Archerís
done, all the places heís been, is there anything that he
hasnít done or anyplace he hasnít been to yet that you would
like to see them do in future episodes?
H. Jon: Wow, thereís like nowhere left, right?
H. Jon: Now heís going inside the human body and I wouldnít
have thought of that one. Heís been in space and in the
ocean. I'm trying to think, back to the womb? I donít know
where else he could go besides, heíd have to reverse time
maybe. Time travel?
H. Jon: Thatís the only dimension he hasnít covered yet.
Suzanne: Do you like the fact that Archer has gone, over the
years, more and more out there and bizarre? Or do you wish
it would go back to being more of a regular spy show?
H. Jon: I think actually this season, it sort of did kind of
go back to a little bit more of the way it used to be until
the finale. But Adam Reed is always trying to push the
stories. For sure I think thereís been little elements that
have gotten weirder, a little weirder, and more surreal. I
think thatís good.
Suzanne: Great. Thanks a lot.
H. Jon: Got to go somewhere.
Moderator: Our next question is from Karen Moul, with
SciFiVision. Please go ahead.
Karen: Hi, thanks for taking the time for us this week.
H. Jon: No problem. I got a pretty open week.
H. Jon: But I'm not suggesting we should do this for a week
Karen: Oh no, I had a whole lot of questions planned.
H. Jon: I got to do stuff tomorrow.
Karen: Now that Archer is a dadóin this weekís past episode
there was some suggestion that maybe he should be
considering his own, the risks he takes in his mortality.
And if you can be a dad, should you rein it in? Do you think
Archer is thinking about that? Does he have the depth to
think about that? Will that be affecting him?
H. Jon: Yes. I think itís evident in the show that heís
definitely, itís a consideration for him now. I can only
speak from experience, I didnít care about my kid until he
was like nine, so heís got time. Thatís maybe not so good to
say. But he canít read, heís twelve, so heíll never read
I think thereís alwaysó especially considering the way he
had his child, he is slowly improving from the last child he
had. Progress is slow, but life is pretty short. Archer, I
think heís got to pick up the pace as far as self-examining
and figuring out how to get his life on track. But I'm not
sure that will ever happen in the show. But like I said,
heís got some time to while his daughterís still a baby.
Maybe try and speed up some actualization.
Karen: Okay, alright. Thanks. Thanks a lot.
H. Jon: Sure.
Moderator: And next we go to Al Mannarino with Pop-Break.com.
Please go ahead.
Al: Hi, H. Jon, thank you for doing this.
H. Jon: Of course.
Al: My question is more about friendships with the
characters. If they were real life characters, could you see
yourself being best friends with any of them if you had to
H. Jon: Oh man, thatís rough. Maybe, I canít see myself
hanging out with Archer. That would beó although I have hung
with people like him in my past. But at this point I
couldnít keep up, and wouldnít want to. I would have to go
withó and I'm not going to hang out with Krieger. Iíll go
with a safe bet and say Iíll hang out with Cyril, although
it wouldnít be that much fun. I could see a movie with him,
maybe grab a glass of wine.
Al: I feel like if you hung out with Krieger you might not
H. Jon: I donít think anybody would hang out with Krieger, I
donít think, right? Youíd just be, like immediately call the
cops. And be like, I met a guy whoís just going to kill
Al: Thank you so much.
H. Jon: Okay.
Moderator: Our next question is from Anushika Ganegoda with
Mike The Fanboy. Please go ahead.
Anushika: Hi Jon, thanks for taking our questions today.
H. Jon: Of course.
Anushika: Is there any talks of them making Archer into a
movie? And if so, who would you like to see playing Sterling
H. Jon: Well, definitely not me. Letís say, Paul Giamatti, he
kind of looks like me. No, no, that wouldnít work. I donít
know, that a tough one. There is a lot of handsome actors
out there. I saw a trailer for the British spy movie thatís
coming out recently that had a guy that kind of looks
exactly like Archer. He seemed like he had the attitude, I
just donít know what his name is. So it can, but you have to
figure out who it is for me. I think it is The Man from
U.N.C.L.E. That being said, the guy whoís going to be in The
Man from U.N.C.L.E, the movie.
Reboot. That being said, thereís certainly been talk about
making an animated movie of Archer. I know people have
brought it up. I guess that would be up to a consortium of
people who would give the money to do it, and I donít mean
to make that sound nefarious.
Anushika: I think it would be awesome. Iíll be looking
forward to it, if it happens.
H. Jon: Yes, I feel like they would strive to make an
animated feature before they would make a live action one. I
would think, just because the showís for the fans and the
Anushika: Awesome. Thank you so much.
Moderator: Our next question is from Sean Mulvihill with
FanboyNation. Please go ahead.
Sean: Hey, Jon, a big fan. You have a bunch of great guest
stars throughout Archerís run, is there any chance youíd get
someone like Scharpling and Wurster to appear on Archer?
H. Jon: That would be great. Yes, letís see, silly boy Roy on
Archer. I see those guys once in a while and itís a good
recommendation. Iíd be happy to pass it on. They would be
Sean: Archer goes to Newbridge.
H. Jon: Right, right. But yes, Iíll try and make it happen.
Sean: Thanks, Jon. Jon Benjamin Has a Van was also a great
show. Thanks, man.
H. Jon: Thank you. Thank you.
Moderator: And weíll go to Walter Witko with
BubbleBlabber.com. Please go ahead.
Walter: Alright. Thank you guys. Jon, what is your favorite
season finale from any TV show?
H. Jon: Oh, from any TV show? From any TV show? I sometimes I
like to say St. Elsewhere just because itís soó but I didnít
really like it. But I think I ironically started to like it
and then I talked aboutóand I use it as a reference all the
If Iím in any situation where I'm talking about a TV finale,
that the whole thing was aó as I remember it, a, St.
Elsewhere was a hospital building in a snow globe. And the
whole thing was a dream of a boy with mental disabilities. I
just thought that was pretty good. So I have to say, I'm
dating myself, St. Elsewhere. But letís face it, weíre all
going to die.
Walter: Okay, and letís go with the obvious question, what is
your favorite Archer season finale?
H. Jon: Oh, wow. I liked the Sealab one. But I think probably
my favorite would have been ďArcher ViceĒ, where it wrapped
up that whole season arc. I thought that was really smart,
and I didnít know what was coming until I read the script.
That was cool to figure out why the whole thing was a
sideways plot by Malory; which makes total sense considering
her character. So I liked that a lot, so Iíll say that one.
Walter: Alright, Jon, thank you very much.
H. Jon: Okay.
Moderator: And we have a follow-up from Karen Moul. Please go
Karen: Hi. I was wondering if you could give us any little
clues or hints about what to expect? This season final is
clearly inspired by the movie Fantastic Voyage. And that
movie takes some little twists, including a traitor being on
board in the original film. I know you canít reveal that,
but can you help?
H. Jon: Yes. I'm going to toe the line and say, I canít say
whatís going to happen. But mainly because I have no
recollection. But letís go with, I canít say.
H. Jon: But I think theyíd both apply.
Karen: So, maybe you can talk about, itís not common for
Archer to venture into really pure science fiction. Maybe
you could tell us a little bit about what inspired that move
and how much fun it was maybe, or not, to work on this
H. Jon: Well no, itís great. I had him read his, sort of
ventured into this territory before with the Sealab finale
and when they go to space. A lot of some of that stuff comes
from allusions to shows and scenarios from fiction that heís
liked. Animation allows you to do that.
For Archer, it seems to work. I guess some of the crazy, and
he certainly has a science fiction bent. And so whenever he
can let that creep in, he does. Certainly not in the first
four seasons, but I think now that Archer is getting on in
years, itís like heís letting that loose a little bit. I
think itís fun. I always like it.
Karen: Great. Thank you very much.
H. Jon: Sure.
Moderator: We have a question from Erin Qualey with Hidden
Remote. Please go ahead.
Erin: Oh, hi. Thanks so much for doing this. I've been a huge
fan since Dr. Katz. I was just wondering, Sterling Archer
has frequently been compared to Buster Bluth from Arrested
Development, and there are definitely some differences. But
how do you think Archer might react to Buster?
H. Jon: I regrettably have never watched Arrested
Development, and I keep meaning to watch it. I had friends
who were on it. I know Judy, and my friend David Cross was
on it. The only time I watched it was with David Cross and
his girlfriend at his house, one episode. I remember being
too drunk to recollect what I saw.
But I keep meaning to go back and watch the whole thing, so
now I look forward to that. Someday I will watch all the
Arrested Developments. So, I know who that is, but I canít
speak to the question because I donít know all whatís on.
Iíve got to wait to find out who Buster Bluth is.
Erin: Youíre definitely not totally like Archer, but they
definitely have, like you mentioned before, going back into
the womb. They have a lot of the same mommy issues. So
H. Jon: Who is Buster Bluth? Is it Will Arnettís character,
Erin: Heís Tony Hale.
H. Jon: Okay.
Erin: Yes. The youngest Bluth son. Jessica Walter.
H. Jon: Heís a lot more awkward, I assume.
Erin: Oh, yes. Although he does have Army training.
H. Jon: Oh, okay. Well, if thereís just off the top of my
head, I would be like, ďArchers so much more arrogant,
self-confident, and.Ē Iíll answer your question next year.
Erin: Maybe. Maybe someday. Thank you.
Moderator: We have a follow-up from Anushika Ganegoda. Please
Anushika: Hello again. So after learning about all these
characters throughout the season, if he gets to switch with
one of them for a day, who would it be? Who would you want
to voice besides Archer?
H. Jon: From the cast?
Anushika: Yes. If you get to voice anybody else, who would
H. Jon: Out of the cast, probably Pam. I like Pam. Pam says
the craziest sh**, and I'm a big Pam fan. Then Iíd get to do
my famous southern accent.
Anushika: Speaking of Pam, do you like Season 5 Pam compared
to, back to normal Pam? How do you like that switch from
Season 5 to the coke addict Pam?
H. Jon: I like regular Pam the best. I like Pam the way she
is. I like office Pam more than crazy coke adult Pam.
Anushika: Cool, thank you so much.
Moderator: We have a question from Catrina Dennis with
Moviepilot. Please go ahead.
Catrina: Hi there. I'm going to chime in with that line of
people whoíve been fans of yours forever. I've been a fan
since before my parents should have known. Iím really
excited to be talking to you.
H. Jon: I hope I didnít influence [indiscernible].
Catrina: Following up on all the movie questions, if you
could see an animated movie for Archer, what kind of
shenanigans and plot would you ideally love the characters
to get into? If you could go a one minute pitch.
H. Jon: Wow, thatís a tall task.
Catrina: I have an easier question.
H. Jon: Yes, thatís a tough one, to pitch an Archer movie. I
would have to, I feel like I would let Adam Reed do that for
me. Iíd go to the meeting and Iíd bring the full cutout
version of Archer and stand behind it and talkó
Catrina: That sounds like a good idea.
H. Jon: óto help sell it. But as far as a plot goes, I donít
know. Thatís a tough movie to make. I feel like youíd have
to really go crazy with like a serious, youíd have to go
think really crazy about what mission youíd want to focus on
Catrina: Judy Greer. Oh, sorry, go on.
H. Jon: You have to give me a little time on this.
H. Jon: Thatís a big ask. Plus I donít want to ruin it. I
donít want to say some dumb idea, and then theyíll never be
able to sell the movie because I said that.
Catrina: Fair enough. For a follow-up to that, Judy Greer is
going to be in Ant-Man pretty soon. Is there any dream comic
book or superhero movie that youíd want to be a part of?
H. Jon: I donít know. I always like Sub-Mariner. Thatís the
one movie they never made. Maybe thatís for a reason because
nobody likes Sub-Mariner except for me. But I feel like
maybe theyíll never make Sub-Mariner. But I would love to be
Sub-Mariner, especially with my real body. That would be so
weird, be a real Jewish, middle-aged Sub-Mariner.
Catrina: I like it. Iíd pay for that. Thank you so much for
H. Jon: Thanks.
Moderator: And weíll go to Anushika Ganegoda. Please go
Anushika: Hi, again. Playing Archer, how much of your own
personality do you bring into the character?
H. Jon: Well, I donít know. I really donít know. I'm not
totally like Archer in real life, although I think I have my
moments. I clearly possess some of his qualities. We have
the same voice. I can get pretty loud, and mean to people at
times. So, sure, I'm definitely a little bit like him. I'm a
little more demure in real life. I donít want to get hit. I
canít get into a fight, that wouldnít be good for me.
Anushika: Okay, thank you so much.
Rosy: We have time for one last question.
H. Jon: Sure.
Moderator: And weíll go to the line of Sheldon Wiebe with the
EclipseMagazine.com. Please go ahead.
Sheldon: Hi, Jon.
H. Jon: Whatís up Eclipse?
Sheldon: I was just wondering, because no oneó
H. Jon: Thatís a good name for a barber. Eclipse. Sorry;
thatís an online barber site.
Sheldon: Sounds good to me. The biggest impact of any single
character on the show this season, I think would have been
made by the one that hasnít been mentioned at all so far,
and thatís Abbiejean. I was just wondering what your
thoughts were on how she affected Archer personally.
H. Jon: Yes, I think the underlying plot element in this
story, or certainly the underlying emotional element in the
story is Abbiejeanís existence. And how it affects Archerís
relationship with Lana, which I think is the principal
relationship in his life, and the one I think he needs to
keep going. I think they did a really good job with it
because itís complicated for Archer to change so radically,
even when you have a kid.
I think a lot of people think that change is easy, just by
the sake of having a kid, but in actuality itís not. Like I
said before earlier to somebody, heís making [indiscernible]
progress. Hopefully it will catch up, but sheís going to be
I think if I were to tack on a real life trajectory for
Abbiejean, sheíll be a mess. Lana is, compared to Archer, is
pretty stable. Sheís probably the most stable character in
the whole show.
Sheldon: Thatís true.
H. Jon: And I donít think sheís anything like Malory, so
thatís good [audio disruption].
Sheldon: Thanks so much, Jon.
Rosy: Alright guys, thank you all for joining us and
participating. And thank you, Jon, we appreciate it.
H. Jon: No problem.
Rosy: Great. And as a reminder, Archerís sixth season
concludes this Thursday at 10 p.m. only on FX. You may now
H. Jon: Alright you all.
Rosy: Thanks, everyone.
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