How is Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy going?
It’s great, it’s done. It was great. It was so much fun to make that movie. We had these seven foot tall alien Vogon puppets. They built four different alien planets, the Heart of Gold set, like the most amazing sets and all the actors were great. I’m making up my own system to control the ship and everything. It was really fun. That was a real like going back to your childhood sort of thing. To walk on set and have it be a spaceship that you’re running around and you have to pretend to be hit by missiles. It’s just the most fun.
What is your costume?
I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be talking about it because they were very protective. We had to wear robes if we were ever out in public. We shot in the Freemason’s Hall at one point and we had to like cover up. But I have like a one piece suit. I have a couple different costumes but the main one is this sort of aqua one piece suit, sort of like a karate one piece. It’s really cool.
Is it pretty close to the book?
Yeah. Pretty much everything from the book is included. There’s an added character. Most everything that was changed was Douglas Adams’ idea to begin with. It was in his hard drive. They had his hard drive, so any changes that were made were pretty much according to his wishes. But there’s a new character played by John Malkovich who’s like the leader of a cult, a sneezing cult. They worship the mighty [SOUNDS LIKE: arcal seizure]. And it’s on planet [SOUNDS LIKE: Zobottle 6] and we go there and it’s great. With each incarnation of that story, there were changes made. Between the radio series and the book and the TV series, there were a lot of different things.
Are you signed for the whole series?
Well, they don’t have any plans. I think they’re going to see how the first one does to see if they want to actually do the rest. But yeah, we all [signed] sequel parts of the contract.
What was it like working with Martin Freeman?
Yeah, a great Arthur Dent. He’s a really good actor and he’s perfect for the part. He really works. It’s different than the original Arthur, Simon Jones. Very different but still so great, and Sam Rockwell is playing Zaphod and that’s great. Mos Def is amazing and so funny as Ford Prefect. It’s a great cast.
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" revolves around central character Arthur Dent (Freeman), who is rescued from the Earth by alien "Ford Prefect" when the world as we know it is destroyed to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. Mos Def plays Ford Prefect, an undercover alien who sets off on an intergalactic journey with his best friend and the film's protagonist, earthling Arthur Dent. The duo hitch a ride through space -- with the two-headed ex-hippie Zaphod (Rockwell); his girlfriend, the beautiful scientist Trillion (Deschanel); and a robot -- to discover the meaning of life. Malkovich will play a religious cult leader called Humma Kavula.