David Cross really doesn’t like being in the “Alvin and the Chipmunks” movies. And he doesn’t care who knows about it.
“I would say, in all honesty, it was the most miserable experience I’ve ever had in my professional life,” Cross said of filming the latest, critically panned “Alvin” film, “Chipwrecked,” on Monday’s “Conan.” (See video below.)
While Cross — who plays a record executive in the films — said the cast and crew “were great,” he also noted that he was “forced at legal point” to spend a week on a cruise ship wearing a pelican suit. “Where you cannot see any of my flesh, nor do I have any dialogue,” the “Arrested Development” actor added.
(An image of said pelican suit can be seen here, thanks to TMZ)
Cross said one female producer insisted that he remain on the boat, despite his lack of lines/visible skin. He described the unnamed woman as “the personification of what people think about when they think negatively about Jews.”
Putting that offensive-though-clearly-meant-in-jest comment aside for the moment, Cross has never been afraid to make his objections to the “Chipmunks” films known.
He recently told Indie Wire’s Playlist blog that filming “Chipwrecked” “was literally, without question, the most unpleasant experience I've ever had in my professional life.” So both the most miserable experience (see above) and the most unpleasant.
After the release of the first movie in what has become an animated trilogy, 2008’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” Cross felt the need to defend his role in the film after comedian Patton Oswalt made a joke about passing on the part. (Exact joke: “[Comedian Brian Posehn and I] both threw the script across the room in disgust. David Cross caught it.”)
In a message on his now-defunct Web site, Cross said, “I knew going into this movie that I would be eating a lot of delicious [expletive] for it. Usually I wouldn’t give a [expletive] about what everyone’s feelings are about it, but I wasn’t prepared for the level, or amount I should say, of vitriol that’s been flung about like so much monkey poo.”
Cross said he hadn’t worked in six months and couldn’t buy the country home he wanted with his “indie hipster cred.”
Apparently, given his involvement in the susequent Alvin-helmed features, his “indie hipster cred” is still not an acceptable form of legal tender.