Arnett's development was unarrested
Jamie Portman, Canwest News servicePublished: Sunday, April 19, 2009
In fact, Arnett's work plate is overflowing. He's basking in the glowing box-office returns for the animated Monsters vs. Aliens for which he supplied the voice of the Missing Link. He recently finished work on When in Rome, a new Disney romantic comedy which also stars Kristen Bell and Anjelica Huston.
He's also wrapped up shooting G-Force, a family action comedy, for producer Jerry Bruckheimer. And in June, he and old friends from the Arrested Development clan will reunite for the eagerly awaited film version.
There's the April 19 premiere on the Fox network of Sit Down, Shut Up. He provides the voice for a self-absorbed English teacher on this new animated sitcom from Mitch Hurwitz, who was also the zany creator of Arrested Development, one of the great cult shows of the past decade.
Then there's also the fact that he and wife Amy Poehler recently became parents to new son, Archie. Parenthood, Arnett emphasizes, is a life-changing experience.
Meanwhile, his acting career has never looked better, even though Arnett is reluctant to predict where he'll be, say, five years from now.
"To be able to continue doing stuff and work with really talented people is very gratifying. But I really should have more of a plan. I don't have the benefit of being all that sharp, so I could probably do a better job in that regard."
Chief among them is the film version of Arrested Development is now looming high on his agenda. The series made Time magazine's list of the 100 greatest shows of all time during the three seasons it lasted from 2003 to 2006.
He labels his time on the show as "incredible" and he can't wait to renew his acquaintance with his character, Gob, or find out what's in store for him in the movie.
"Who knows? I'll have to beg Mitch for mercy on that one. I'm sure he will have me in some kind of compromised position. It will be really fun to get back into that world."