The stars of the new comedy “Galaxy Quest” have acting styles that are universes apart. There’s Sigourney Weaver, known for bringing gravity to any role, whether it’s the devastated mom in “A Map of the World” or “Alien“ ‘s Ripley. And then there’s Tim Allen, known for blowing things up real good on “Home Improvement.” “At first I thought, this is not going to work,” says Allen. “She and Alan Rickman are real serious actors. I’m serious, too, but my process is just fart joke, fart joke, fart joke…act.”
But when it came to acting from the heart versus acting from the colon, the two schools – Weaver and British stage veteran Rickman (“Dogma”) vs. Allen and fellow comedian Daryl Mitchell (“Veronica’s Closet”) – agreed to disagree. “The whole shoot was Tim and Daryl going off on a tangent, making everyone laugh,” says Weaver. “And then Alan and I would stand like this (She crosses her arms and looks down her nose impatiently). Tim would get mad at us for being from the ‘Uta Haagen-Dazs school of acting.’ There was a lot of teasing between where in the business we came from.”
Says Allen, “She and Alan have been through Lee Strasberg and the Yale drama school, and I was in Mississippi doing d–k jokes. On the set, Sigourney would be going (He shakes out his whole body in an actorly relaxation technique), and I’d be, ‘What the hell are you doing?’” Not practicing method fart jokes, that’s for sure.