Dan will be lending his voice to Diggs, a character in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons. Executive producer Al Jean describes Diggs as “a combination of Holden Caulfield, Finny from A Separate Peace and the kids in Lord of the Flies — only a little more screwed up.”
When asked why Dan was invited to make a follow up appearance on the show, Jean replied “I had the pleasure of meeting him after one of his performances in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and he is one of the people who actually listens to Simpsons DVD commentaries. Also, he was terrific.”
Series 25 of The Simpsons begins airing on Fox from 29th September.
Dan has spoken to The Wall Street Journal about working on the West End production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, which opens in previews in five weeks.
His character, Billy Claven, has a disability affecting the limbs on one side of his body, and whilst his condition is never named, Dan, in the course of his preparation, has identified it as hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy. As Dan has to use a Galaway accent for the play, he has been working with vocal coach Janis Price, who has a mild form of cerebral palsy, giving Dan a basis for his own portrayal of the effects of the condition.
For more, including what attracted him to the play, read the full interview at The Wall Street Journal.
Dan has been cast in the film adaptation of Jake Adlestein’s memoir Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan. The memoir covers Adlestein’s time working at the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shinbun, and details how one investigation led to death threats against him and his family. The book synopsis is as follows.
From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club: a unique, firsthand, revelatory look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up. At nineteen, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime …crime reporting, that is, at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun. For twelve years of eighty-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake. But when his final scoop brought him face to face with Japan’s most infamous yakuza boss – and the threat of death for him and his family – Adelstein decided to step down …momentarily. Then, he fought back. In Tokyo Vice, Adelstein tells the riveting, often humorous tale of his journey from an inexperienced cub reporter – who made rookie mistakes like getting into a martial-arts battle with a senior editor – to a daring, investigative journalist with a price on his head. With its vivid, visceral descriptions of crime in Japan and an exploration of the world of modern-day yakuza that even few Japanese ever see, Tokyo Vice is a deeply thought-provoking book: equal parts cultural expose, true crime, and hard-boiled noir. (Amazon)
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Adlestein said, ”Daniel read the book last year, said that he really liked it and said he wanted to do the project. One of the things that impressed me from the outset was that he said he wanted to learn Japanese to play the part.
“Initially I was not sure about him for the role, but once he said that, showed such an interest in journalism and was just so enthusiastic about the whole thing, then I thought he would be great for the role.
“I want to try to arrange for Daniel to spend a day following a Japanese reporter so he can see how much of a grind the job can be.I hope the film is able to portray both the good and bad of Japanese journalism.
“I would say that the hardest thing for Daniel is going to be speaking Japanese and making it sound like he has been doing that for a long time. But he has done a lot of good work and I think this will be a nice change for him.”
.J.T. Rogers is writing the script, with input from Adlestein. Filming is scheduled to start in 2014.
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