‘Wednesday’ on Netflix: Fred Armisen Shaved Head to Play Uncle Fester


With monsters, homicide and mayhem rampant at Nevermore Academy, it was solely becoming that Wednesday‘s titular character would obtain a go to from her kooky Uncle Fester (performed by Fred Armisen).

The electricity-wielding elder dropped by in Episode 7 to inspect his niece and lay low for just a few days earlier than his subsequent “job” in Boston. In accordance with Miles Millar, who serves as showrunner alongside Al Gough, there was just one actor in thoughts for the oddball position.

“What’s nice about working with somebody like Tim Burton is that you just get your first alternative,” Millar tells TVLine. “We at all times wished Fred as a result of he has the right look, but in addition, he brings such enjoyable vitality to the position. For us, he was at all times that first alternative.”

Millar says he and Gough “couldn’t consider it” when Armisen agreed to tackle the position, showing in only one episode this season. However doing so got here with its personal set of challenges since filming came about in Romania.

“It’s OK for the solid to be there for eight months, however [booking] visitor stars was more difficult,” Millar explains. The Wednesday boss shares that Armisen was “all in” for the position and “so excited to do it,” even shaving his head for the one-off look.

Armisen revealed to Vainness Honest that he opted for the large chop as an alternative of carrying a bald cap for a extra life like look.

Joan Cusack and Christopher Lloyd in Addams Family Values“They actually did such an amazing job with the make-up and the whole lot. I had no eyebrows. It was prosthetics over my eyebrows to offer me that look,” he mentioned. “However I feel that bald caps don’t look nice on a regular basis, so I hoped to only make it that rather more convincing.”

Armisen is in nice firm. Christopher Lloyd additionally shaved his head to painting Uncle Fester in 1991’s The Addams Household and its sequel Addams Household Values.



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