The increasingly poor word choices of David Cross? When the subject of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked came up during his visit to Conan on Monday night, the comic actor once again didn’t sugarcoat his feelings about what it was like working on the film. (During an interview with IndieWire.com last month Cross called it “the most unpleasant experience I’ve ever had in my professional life.”)
But it wasn’t Cross’ reiteration that, aside from the cast and crew members, “it was the most miserable experience I’ve ever had in my professional life,” or his cracks at the movie’s expense, which he called “a big commercial for Carnival Cruise lines,” rather a swipe at one of the film’s producers that might be more even painful to endure than Chipwrecked itself.
While discussing a point in filming in which Cross said he was legally “forced … to spend a week on a cruise ship” to dress up as a pelican, a decision he said was made by a producer on the project. (The Arrested Development star talked about the unpleasant cruise and his beef with the producers to The Onion, as well.) Then Cross, who was raised Jewish but now identifies as an Atheist, described the unnamed producer in question as “the personification of what people think about when they think negatively about Jews.”
The moment elicited some nervous laughter from the audience (as well as co-guest Seth Green) but visibly made host Conan O’Brien uncomfortable, as he quickly changed the subject. Maybe that’s the best course of action for Cross at this point, too. When it comes to Alvin and the Chipmunks: Change the subject.
Watch the moment (which goes from 29:09 to 32:32) below:
For any parent or critic that’s had to brave Chipwrecked, we’re sure the words “miserable” and “unpleasant” ring true, but is Cross taking it too far? While it’s unlikely that his harsh criticism has hurt the kiddie flick’s success at the box office (Chipwrecked has hauled in $111.6 million so far) Cross may be the one with the troubles to bear when all is said and done. Cross has previously admitted he did the Chipmunks films for the money, but will studios be willing to shell out bucks to a man who’s proven he’ll bite the hand that feeds him? (Perhaps even less so after what he said about his producer during his Conan appearance.) Or has Cross, who has always had a no-holds-barred approach to comedy, simply earned back all of his indie cred by calling foul on a blockbuster studio flick? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.