My thanks to be nice, Ed Hunter emails with the link to this video. It’s an episode of the Kevin Pollak Chat Show, featuring an interview with Hank Azaria. Note, there is some “Not Safe For Work” language in here, but I think the interview is well worth your time.
Here’s what Ed wrote about why you might want to watch this long (over 2 hours) interview.
Of particular interest to voice actors comes about 50 min. or so into the show where Azaria tells how he was originally cast in The Simpson’s. It seems that someone else was already doing the voice of Moe, and there was apparently no complaint with this actor’s performance. However, the guy had a really bad attitude. “He was very rude to everyone,” said Azaria. He got annoyed at the amount of takes and blew a gasket … “threw a tirade.” Fox decided to let him go, and hired Hank. The line that stuck with me is when Azaria said, “If this guy was a nice guy, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now.”
Thank you for sending the link to the video, Ed.
(edited to fix link and typos)