DUDLEY DO RIGHT
Behind The Scenes
Dudley Do-Right is film for audiences of all ages
Dudley Do-Right is film for audiences of all
ages. A slice of nostalgia for the baby-boomers and a rollicking
ride complete with action, adventure-and lots of humor, for the
For writer/director Hugh Wilson, the desire to bring the timeless
character of Dudley to life began with a love for the television
cartoon series that made him laugh most as a kid.
"Rocky and Bullwinkle and Dudley were so much funnier than
the other stuff I was watching on Saturday mornings," says
Wilson. "It was like they were working on two levels-one
for the kids and one for the adults. There was no dumbing down
and there was no condescension, and I think that's why people
liked them so much."
Like the cartoon, a comical bass-toned narrator leads us through
the story in a style similar to the hip, finger-in-his-ear announcer
of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. As he dramatically states the
obvious, he tosses in sarcastic quips of his own to spice things
Fraser says he accepted the role of Do-Right, a character whom
Wilson laughingly refers to as "passionately stupid,"
because he loved the script. The star who first wooed audiences
with his comedic performance in George of the Jungle and
solidified his stature as a bonafide star with this summer's blockbuster
hit The Mummy, is a natural for the part of Dudley. More
than just an actor with universal appeal, his ability to play
deadpan funny and yet remain charmingly sincere at the same time
are a rarity.
"I was in Morocco shooting The Mummy, where it was
hot and kind of rough going and I was somehow couriered a copy
of Dudley Do-Right," Fraser explains. "It gave
me the best laugh that I had had for a month and a-half. I had
such a good experience having worked with Hugh on Blast From
the Past, that I definitely wanted to repeat the experience.
Fraser continues, "Hugh is a gentleman and a professional
and an all-around good guy. I think that the final equation was
that if Hugh Wilson was going to direct it, I wanted to be in
To research life as a member of the RCMP, Fraser looked no further
than his own family history. His great grandfather, a French Canadian,
was a Mountie, and old family photos proved not only inspirational,
"He was known as the long-armed arm of the law-it was a joke
because was actually not very tall," Fraser explains. "He
had short arms, but he would reach into the haystacks to make
sure that they were stacked properly and that no one was cheating
the government for stacking them improperly. And if, indeed, there
was empty space in the middle of the hay, he would write a citation.
He was the original Dudley Do-Right."
The talented stage actor Alfred Molina, nominated for a Tony Award
for his outstanding performance in Art, plays Dudley's
arch-rival, the sinister Snidely Whiplash. Twirling his trademark
handlebar mustache, he lusts after the lascivious Nell while masterminding
the gold rush scam of the century.
"When you're playing cartoon characters, the great thing
is that you can be completely outrageous," says Molina. "I
love a bit of shtick. I belong to the red nose and big shoes school
of comedy, and that's why I go for the broad stroke."
As a cartoon character, Snidely is always tying someone to the
railroad tracks. "No half-decent villain would not have a
scene like that," laughs Molina. "It's like having a
love story without a kiss, you know, it just wo
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