Renowned stand-up comedian/actor Katt Williams has been a fixture in black comedy since the '90s, and he's still contributing in a variety of roles in upcoming films and shows, especially on the first episode of Atlanta's second season, as Katt who plays an uncle, is dubbed "Alligator Man," simply because he owns a pet alligator in the series.
Complex recently spoke with the entertainer, as they discussed his performance and seriousness when filming the episode, his admiration for Donald Glover and more.
...on how he ended up being on the show, Atlanta.
KW: "I'm a music fan and I'm a comedy fan. [Donald's] name carries that type of weight in both of those circles. So any project that he's a part of, you want to be a part of as well. He had some thoughts on season two, where he wanted to take it, and how he wanted to put things out there. You can put yourself into somebody's hand when you can trust their objective."
...on auditioning for the show, and the role for playing the Alligator Man.
KW: "The first two times I auditioned, I wasn't good enough and other people were better. I just kept at it, and then I interned at an alligator farm for three-and-a-half weeks, just so I could get comfortable enough that we didn't use a stuntman. I really adopted the alligator into my home. And became so comfortable with it that it was like working with another co-star."
...on how it was like chillin' with an alligator for three weeks.
KW: "It was life-changing. I'm saying it wasn't the first alligator; the first alligator turned out to not work. When they got the next one in, he and I were able to vibe. But a lot of people probably would've quit."
...on why the first alligator didn't work.
KW: "The stuff that he thought was cool to do wasn't cool to do. He thought it was cool to just take his tail and knock people off they feet. That sounds funny and all, but it's not like a dog, it's an alligator. He enjoyed freaking people out way too much."
...on being nervous at all when shooting scenes with the alligator.
KW: "With the first alligator, I tried to act like I wasn't nervous. That's probably what got our dynamic off to the wrong foot; we weren't being true to ourself. [With] the second [alligator], I understood that this is the closest to a marriage that I've ever been. Like, you gotta trust me and I gotta trust you. There's the line that neither of us needs to cross. I look out for your best interest, and you look out for mine."
...on the possibility of playing more serious roles in the future.
KW: "Yeah, we have some of that lined up. It's really about the key of the writing. Even if you're doing something that's comedic, that doesn't make the real parts any less real. You know what I mean? The real parts have to be real because it's a story that we're telling. I'm having to channel what somebody else is going through."
...on his character's return this season.
KW: "I don't know what any of the subsequent episode numbers are. I certainly haven't seen the last of it."
...on the experience working with Donald Glover, who he admires greatly.
KW: "It was magnificent. It was not just him, you know? This is royalty in its completeness. So it's impeccable. It's a joy to witness, ya know? When somebody is not just on the top of their game but their people are on top of their game. It's really wonderful to be able to see the Golden State Warrior mentality play out in another field."
For additional details, be sure to read the full interview on Complex.
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