This article contains minor spoilers for Beau is Afraid.
Joaquin Phoenix‘s new comedy/existential nightmare Beau is scared is currently entertaining/pissing out the public everywhere. A central role in the beginning of the film is that of the deliverer who informs Beau by phone that his mother was killed by a chandelier. The voice clearly belongs Barry star Bill Hader, though the “UPS Guy” character is never fully seen on camera. Which is weird, but not That strange for a film that also features a giant penis monster.
While Hader reportedly took the role as a favor to his frienddirector Ari AsterIt’s also not uncommon for him to take on random, audio-only roles in film and television (despite being a famous performer whose face people generally don’t mind seeing). Like, he recently played Alpha 5 Power Rangers reboot, a movie that we’re pretty sure didn’t have a single penis monster in it.
His voice was also heard briefly in another Joaquin Phoenix movie: Her. Hader played a phone sex operator who we have chosen to believe is canonical Stephen. The moment is so fleeting, even Hader’s own father did not notice his son’s voice until the credits rolled. He also provided the video game’s soft narration (listed in the credits as “The Voice”) in Scott pilgrim against the world.
Even more stealthy was Hader the voice of the computer of the USS Vengeance in Star Trek Into Darknessand as we mentioned before, those seemingly indecipherable beeps and bloops made by BB-8 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens were based on audio recordings from Hader and Ben Schwartz.
And if it weren’t for IMDb, we might never have known that it was Hader who cast his voice in Chipmunks territory to play “Pipey,” the cursed, Clippy-esque mascot for Pied Piper on Silicon Valley.
Hopefully, even with all his fame and critical acclaim, Bill Hader will never upstairs pretend to be various robots and/or lunatics on the phone. And more hopefully our references to penis monsters don’t inadvertently spoil the Barry final.
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