Where do creative people come from? On Beginnings, two fledgling comedians talk origins with professional creators and others just starting out, and hopefully answer their parents’ question, “What are you doing?”
On today’s episode we talk to Fran Kranz. Fran is an actor based in New York and LA, and his credits include films like Jake Kasdan’s The TV Set and television shows like Welcome to the Captain with Jeffrey Tambor. In the last few years, he’s been involved in a number of Joss Whedon projects, playing Topher Brink on Dollhouse and starring in the critically-acclaimed smash The Cabin in the Woods as stoner Marty Mikalski. Recently, he played the role of Bernard in the Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield. On Memorial Day, we sat down with Fran just as Salesman was finishing up its run and discussed eating food like an adult, what it’s like to be a character actor and working with Joss Whedon.
Live stuff! Today! 6/21! Rockefeller Centaur: The Musical at UCB Chelsea, 6:30; 6/30 Beginnings: Live at the Del Close Marathon w/ Matt Walsh at UCB East, 1:15 am; 7/10 Beginnings: Live w/ Nick Vatterott and more! at UCB East, 8 pm.
Insider.com: I just mentioned two projects and two Buffy connections — but given the widespread world Joss has created, I can’t imagine it’s difficult to play Six Degrees of Joss Whedon with almost any co-star. Eliza: Oh, completely. There are so many people he’s worked with – I forgot that Jeremy Renner was on Angel. A couple of us were just talking about that the other week. There are six degrees of Buffy wherever you look – and that’s fun!
Insider.com: Well maybe you can shrink that circle even further by starring in The Avengers sequel! I, for one, would love to see you kicking some ass again Eliza: That would be something! Joss has been pretty generous with me thus far, and you can’t expect too much from someone who has already given you so much. But I think Joss was giving me a little time off – he wanted to let me recover from Dollhouse. Plus, The Avengers was so similar to Dollhouse in some ways that I think he probably wanted to get away from me a little bit [laughs].