I never imagined in a million years I would be acting alongside an Orange. But that’s exactly what happened when I got the call to play the leader of an intergallactic race of Alien Broccoli…who happens to sound exactly like Tom Cruise. Let me back up a bit so we’re all on the same page.
The Annoying Orange is a comedy web series created by Dane Boedigheimer, also known as “Daneboe”. The first episode was uploaded on October 9, 2009. By June 2010, it had amassed over 137 million views on YouTube. Originally, the episodes were uploaded to Boedigheimer’s YouTube channel as well as to the channel and website attached to his company, Gagfilms. When the first Annoying Orange episode reached 11 million views from Daneboe’s channel, he was inspired to make an Annoying Orange YouTube Channel. After posting videos on his channel since October 2009, this changed on January 11, 2010, when Boedigheimer decided to create an Annoying Orange YouTube channel. As of October 10th, 2010, the channel is ranked as the 10th most subscribed channel of all, and 61st most viewed of all time.
Pretty impressive, huh? I had no idea what I was getting myself into. After accepting this intriguing opportunity, I was emailed detailed instructions by ‘Daneboe’ that elaborately laid out the proper way to shoot my eyes and mouth movements so that they could be superimposed on the face of a Broccoli stalk. In order to do this successfully, I had to keep my head perfectly still while reciting the lines of dialogue. Then I had to shoot each of my eyes in various modes of feeling angry, intense, shocked, etc…It took a great deal of concentration but it was a lot of fun. Here’s a pic from the shoot. For those interested in technical specs, I was instructed to shoot 1080p.
And here are the videos as they turned out. Basically, the Annoying Orange was kind of enough to do a cameo in my show with T180 Studios and in exchange, I played the Broccoli leader in Daneboe’s episode. Since Annoying Orange has such an enormous subscriber base, this mutually beneficial relationship certainly benefited me more than him. Thank you Daneboe!
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