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FUTURAMA Actor John DiMaggio Talks About His Wage Battle and Returning to Play Bender — GeekTyrant

FUTURAMA Actor John DiMaggio Talks About His Wage Battle and Returning to Play Bender — GeekTyrant


Final 12 months, it was revealed that the beloved sci-fi collection Futurama can be returning for an eleventh season, because of Hulu, who has picked up the present after it ended its 1-5 Season run on Fox from 1999-2003, and its 6-10 seasons in 2006-2013 on Comedy Central. When it was introduced that the present can be returning, the entire authentic forged was on board to return besides John DiMaggio, who voiced Bender within the collection.

On the time, he was at a impasse with the studio, asking for more cash to return, and the studio not budging. A short while later, it was introduced that DiMaggio would return, and he’s now talking out about his wage battle, in addition to what it’s wish to return to the position he’s performed for thus lengthy.

The actor informed Selection, simply hours forward of the SAG Actors Strike:

“After they made the announcement, it wasn’t like I had stated no. We had been negotiating for a very long time. It was a stalemate.”

Social media erupted over the prospect of the beloved character’s authentic voice not returning, spurred on by DiMaggio’s personal hashtag: #BenderGate. He Tweeted on the time:

“Bender is a part of my soul and nothing about that is meant to be disrespectful to the followers or my ‘Futurama’ household. It’s about self-respect. And truthfully, being bored with an business that’s change into far too company and takes benefit of artists’ time and expertise.”

A month later, amid fan campaigns to boycott any revival with out DiMaggio, the actor and Hulu collectively revealed he had formally signed on to the collection.

“I didn’t need, nor did my agent need, me standing exterior of a home that I ought to have been having Thanksgiving dinner in. It was similar to, OK, I gotta say sure, as a result of I don’t need the demise of the present on my shoulders.’ They had been prepared to herald different individuals.  It was what it was.”

Ultimately, DiMaggio didn’t obtain the pay enhance he was in search of. “I didn’t get more cash,” he revealed in Could 2022 at a fan occasion. “However what I did get was quite a lot of respect, and quite a lot of head nods from people who find themselves like, ‘Yo, bro, I see you and thanks.’” DiMaggio nonetheless speaks with pleasure as he remembers his combat:

“Whenever you’re David with a sling and also you’re standing as much as Goliath, you attempt to do what you may to get your aspect heard. I believe I did.”

The rocky begin didn’t dampen DiMaggio’s elation over coming again as Bender, a personality he’s voiced since “Futurama’s” premiere in 1999. “It makes me so blissful that we will contact individuals with this goofy sci-fi comedy that has a few of these tender moments in it,” he says. “It resonates with individuals.” Greater than twenty years later, even the present’s earliest episodes nonetheless maintain up when seen via a 2023 lens.

“That’s a testomony to the writers, and to the way in which the jokes are cultivated on this present. There are raunchy jokes, there are off-color jokes, however they don’t punch down on this present. We at all times punched up. And that at all times works. That’s the way you win over individuals.”

The Hulu reboot isn’t any completely different.

“This present, at any time when it comes again, persons are like, ‘Oh, it’s the identical!’ It’s the identical. We’ve retained about 75% of the writing workers, constantly. And everyone that’s new is seasoned as a motherfucker.”

As SAG-AFTRA and the WGA proceed to strike, the actor is feeling “vindicated” about his self-advocacy.

“It’s sort of fascinating that the strike is going on, as a result of it’s all of the stuff that I needed and was combating for — not solely myself, however everyone else,” he says. “Now it’s not simply me versus them. Now it’s everyone versus them.”

Futurama is again this week, with it’s first episode airing on Hulu on Monday, July twenty fourth. Watch it now!



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