This news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, who learned of the casting revelation in an interview with Chip Zien, the person who was called in to voice Howard after Williams left. THR also spoke with the actor who played Howard’s love interest in the film, Lea Thompson, about the film and the notoriety it quickly gained upon its release.
“What I was told is on the third day, Robin said, ‘I can’t do this. It’s crazy. I can’t get the pace of this. I am confined. I am handcuffed to match that of the bill-beating duck, ”Zien said. “So on Memorial Day 1985, I got a call from my agent who said, ‘You have to go straight to the airport! Robin Williams just resigned and you are now Howard the Duck. You have to go tonight. There is a ticket waiting for you at the counter. I was incredibly excited. ”
Going deeper into the reasons Williams stepped down, it wasn’t necessarily that the role was just a voiceover – it’s that the scenes featuring Howard had already been filmed, meaning Williams would need to voice. the lines so exactly that they line up with the images of the character that had already been shot. This hampered Williams’ famous improvisational style (see: Disney’s Aladdin) and the frustration became enough for the actor that he quit before the end of week one.
Zien went on to say that he had signed on for a total of three films. He was also to work as an alternate host on Entertainment Tonight, become the voice of AT&T, and receive the rights to speak about the Howard the Duck dolls. It was all overwhelming, he said.
However, when Howard the Duck hit 1,554 theaters on August 1, 1986, it only grossed $ 5 million on its first weekend. THR reports that the film’s announced budget was over $ 45 million including marketing, and in the end the film only grossed $ 16.2 million domestically and $ 37.9 million. dollars in the world. It was technically Marvel’s first box office bomb.
Anyone who knows the character probably knows that Howard the Duck is now officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with a few scenes with actual voice lines from Seth Green (Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2) and others where the character does. quick-glance cameos (Avengers: Endgame, for example). THR spoke to Green about Howard the Duck, both as a 1986 film and as a character he now officially voices in the MCU.
He said becoming the new Howard the Duck was a months-long process that began with a phone call from Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Green voiced the character again in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and will soon be doing so again in Disney’s upcoming animated series, What If… ?, “Which is really cool because that resulted in a scene between T’Challa and Howard, ”Green said.
And if…? is the last time the late Chadwick Boseman will play T’Challa and Black Panther.
For more on Howard the Duck, check out IGN’s review of Marvel’s Howard the Duck # 1 comic book, written by Zdarsky in 2015, then read the story of a now-canceled Howard the Duck show. that was going to be released on Hulu. Check out IGN’s list of new Marvel movies and TV shows coming in 2021 and beyond.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guidebook maker for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter @LeBlancWes.