Vimeo launches Alan Tudyk’s Con Man
While most know him as Hoban Washburne from Joss Whedon’s short-lived cult sci-fi drama Firefly, I first became aware of Alan Tudyk’s brilliance when watching the 2007 black comedy film, Death at a Funeral. Tudyk played the comedic linchpin Simon; an uptight office worker type who takes what he believes to be a Valium to calm his nerves before a funeral, accidentally trips on acid, and spends most of the funeral completely naked on a rooftop. From seeing Tudyk’s performance in this quaint British comedy, I was convinced he was indeed English. He’s not though, he’s very much American. Texan, in fact. My confusion can be put down to this actor’s unmistakeable talents in accents, comedy and emotion. Now, in his new Vimeo series Con Man, Alan Tudyk will prove he’s a triple threat, who can not only act, but also write and direct.
Con Man centres on Wray Nerely; an actor coping with life after his sci-fi series Spectrum has been cancelled before its time, yet gone on to become a beloved cult classic. [Could this show be in any way autobiographical..?] As, like so many a washed-up sci-fi star, Nerely is the begrudging guest of countless sci-fi conventions, comic book store appearances and different pop culture events, the show’s title is an abbreviation of ‘Convention Man’, as opposed to the more sketchy definition of a con man.
Along for the ride is Tudyk’s Firefly co-star and overall sci-fi legend Nathan Fillion, who plays Nerely’s good friend and Spectrum co-star Jack Moore, who has gone on to surpass that failed show and become a major celebrity in his own right.
The cast reunion doesn’t stop there however, as Con Man also features a plethora of sci-fi’s biggest personalities including Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Amy Acker (Person of Interest), Gina Torres (Firefly, Suits), Sean Maher (Firefly, Eastsiders), Felicia Day (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Seth Green (Family Guy/Austin Powers), Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers), Jewel Staite (Firefly), Summer Glau (Firefly, Terminator: SCC), Sean Astin (Lord of The Rings), James Gunn and Joss Whedon.
Like a lot of Vimeo’s original productions, Con Man is a crowdfunding initiative done good. Well, really good, as the Indiegogo project that funded the show resulted in a record-breaking $3.2 million campaign and, with the support of over 46,000 global fans, now stands as the third highest funded film campaign on any crowdfunding platform ever. Wow.
Will the fans be pleased with the outcome, or have they been ‘conned’ out of their money? We’re emphatically certain of the former, we just had to make that joke.
Con Man is now available to rent for $14.99 on Vimeo.
Three new episodes of the series will premiere every Wednesday for four weeks.