In the 2001 cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, David Hyde Pierce played Henry Newman, a professor of astrophysics — sorry, an associate professor of astrophysics — and probably the only character in the whole movie who didn’t smell of burger. To mark the 10th anniversary of David Wain’s crazed comedy, we spoke to the Frasier star about his rain-sodden days at the fictional Camp Firewood and also asked him about his new thriller, The Perfect Host.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why did you agree to appear in Wet Hot American Summer?
DAVID HYDE PIERCE: I’ll tell you the two reasons I took it. First, I read the script and I thought it was very funny. But I thought, this is only going to be funny if these guys know how to do it. Then they sent me some footage from their sketch comedy show, from The State, which had exactly the right tone, very much like the Pythons, doing completely demented things absolutely seriously.
Playing Niles on Frasier, you didn’t often get the opportunity to say lines like, “Oh, f— my c—!” Was that also part of the appeal? READ FULL STORY