All Hale Buster!!!!!
Long before the the first season of Arrested D, I used to run around with the inimitable Tony Hale. He was living in Birmingham, attending Samford U. We would write skits, and bust guts together. One of my favorite memories was his first birthday after discovering a severe wheat allergy. I surprised him with a homemade wheat free chocolate cake. He was flabbergasted that such a thing existed and ran around like an escaped mental patient telling anyone who would listen about the miraculous thing. Bear in mind, this was 20 years ago, before siliacs disease and gluten-free and whole Foods became household words in the South.
Anyway, I got to spend some time with my old buddy recently. I had made his very first acting headshots years ago. This time we wanted to make some fresh publicity shots to coincide with the release of some feature films opening this Summer. (Including an A/D movie…..YES!) He agreed to punk my daughter Gabby’s boyfriend, whose nickname is “Baby Buster, due to his obsession with the character. We had deliberately concealed the fact of our friendship in hopes that such a day might present itself. We were beyond gratified when Tony barged in on the unsuspecting victim, shouting “Where is Baby Buster????” The look on Andrew’s face was some intense mix of disbelief, shock and glee, all awash in crimson flush. Perfect.
Tony Hale remains the exact same, warm-hearted, generous, lovable goofball that he was back in the day. The only thing that has changed really is the way people respond to him. It was hilarious to cavort around town with him and see the dawn of realization on the faces of the barista or the fellah sitting a few tables over. I can’t imagine what that must be like. And, I can’t imagine how all of that constant fuss wouldn’t go to a person’s head. I guess that is just one more remarkable thing about Mr. Tony Hale.
How can you not love this guy??????