Futurama is on its means again with new episodes coming to Hulu for its second main revival, and the voice star behind Bender (and plenty of extra characters) John DiMaggio, speaks out on the wage battle he had earlier than returning to the brand new Hulu season. It was first introduced early final yr that Hulu can be reviving Futurama with two new seasons of the fan favourite animated sitcom, however whereas the vast majority of the voice cast from the unique two runs had been returning for the brand new episodes, John DiMaggio didn’t signal on to return at first and requested for increased pay for the cast.
Just a few months later, DiMaggio signed on to return to the brand new Futurama episodes and famous that he was sadly not paid extra regardless of his first efforts. Talking to Selection about his return to the brand new Futurama season, John DiMaggio famous that he felt like he needed to say sure as Hulu was already planning on bringing in new individuals for the function, “..It was identical to, OK, I gotta say sure, as a result of I do not need the demise of the show on my shoulders.’ They had been prepared to herald different individuals. It was what it was.”
John DiMaggio Speaks Out On Returning to Futurama on Hulu
“Once they made the announcement, it wasn’t like I had mentioned no. We had been negotiating for a very long time,” DiMaggio started to clarify. “It was a stalemate.” Explaining additional, “I did not need, nor did my agent need, me standing outdoors of a home that I ought to have been having Thanksgiving dinner in,” DiMaggio acknowledged. “It was identical to, OK, I gotta say sure, as a result of I do not need the demise of the show on my shoulders.’ They had been prepared to herald different individuals. It was what it was.” Noting concerning the wage battle itself, DiMaggio mirrored, “While you’re David with a sling and also you’re standing as much as Goliath, you attempt to do what you possibly can to get your facet heard. I feel I did.”
However it’s not like this battle has dampened his return to Futurama total as DiMaggio famous, “It makes me so completely satisfied that we are able to contact individuals with this goofy sci-fi comedy that has a few of these tender moments in it…It resonates with individuals.” As for the brand new episodes DiMaggio praised the writing and the way it remained related in 2023, “That is a testomony to the writers, and to the way in which the jokes are cultivated on this show. There are raunchy jokes, there are off-color jokes, however they do not punch down on this show…We all the time punched up. And that all the time works. That is the way you win over individuals.”
This show, at any time when it comes again, persons are like, ‘Oh, it is the identical!’ It is the identical,” DiMaggio continued. “We have retained about 75% of the writing employees, constantly. And all people that is new is seasoned as a motherfucker.” Because the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes kicked in, DiMaggio famous, “It is form of fascinating that the strike is occurring, as a result of it is all of the stuff that I wished and was combating for — not solely myself, however all people else…Now it isn’t simply me versus them. Now it is all people versus them.”
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