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‘Veep’s’ Tony Hale Says Show’s Producers Give Actors Freedom to ‘Play With the Material’ During Reddit AMA

"They work very hard on the scripts but allow us that freedom."

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Heyyy, fake Uncle Jack. Tony Hale — whom you may remember from such television comedies as “Veep” and “Arrested Development” — took to Reddit for an Ask Me Anything session today, with the lion’s share of questions revolving around his two best-known characters. Asked whether he and “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus improvise any of their many scenes together, for instance, he responded that “They give us 2 weeks of rehearsal before we shoot and they allow us to play with the material. They work very hard on the scripts but allow us that freedom.”

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That amount of rehearsal is “very rare,” for TV, he said in a follow-up. “Typically you show up and shoot.” That may have been the case for his one-off “Community” appearance, which Hale called “Great. I love Joel McHale and the Russo Brothers directed the episode who directed the pilot of ‘Arrested Development.'” (The Russo Brothers also directed “Captain America: Civil War,” which unfortunately doesn’t likewise feature Hale.)

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Other questions and answers were less serious, like how the producers of “Veep” have managed to shoot around the hook hand his “Arrested Development” character acquired after losing his actual hand to a seal (“They’ve used CGI”) or what Hale’s favorite book is (“My daughter’s 4th grade essay…she killed it.”) Read the full AMA on Reddit.

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