NYCC 2017: Interviews with Cast & Producers of Hulu’s “Future Man”

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At New York Comic Con, we got the chance to sit down with the cast and producers of upcoming Hulu series Future Man. The show tells the story of a janitor/video game enthusiast who’s recruited by time-traveling resistance fighters to save humanity.

Executive Producers Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, and Ben Karlin

Future Man‘s executive producers discuss the multi-layered ways the show employs time travel. It explores the big world-saving stakes and the personal appeal of getting a chance to correct your own mistakes. They go over their favorite of the time periods the show is set in, and leaning into homages from Future Man‘s scifi pop culture predecessors.

They also preview how the show squeezes in a variety of genres – from special effects scifi to action to comedy – into a half-hour series. Finally, they discuss the grounding force of the show’s main character, Josh Futturman. Can he be the hero while still saving the world “on terms that he can live with”?

Josh Hutcherson (Josh Futturman) and Haley Joel Osment (Dr. Stu Camillo)

Next we met up with Josh Hutcherson and Haley Joel Osment, two of the main protagonists and antagonists. Hutcherson plays main character Josh Futturman, a directionless slacker who loves playing a hero in-game, but is not at all prepared when the opportunity presents itself in reality. Osment plays Dr. Stu Camillo, Josh’s jerk boss and one of the scientists whose work might lead to the end of the world.

First Hutcherson reveals that he’d love for his character to go to medieval times – either the actual historical period or the restaurant/live show. Then he and Osment discuss the fun of being each other’s nemeses on the show, because people don’t usually have those in real life (although Hutcherson hints that he may have a real life nemesis in a parking lot attendant).

Then Osment and Hutcherson, joking but also serious, discuss how suffering high heat and long days makes for great content for the show. And how they balance the tone of the show, which is also joking but serious. Finally, Hutcherson reveals how his character develops into a hero not by suddenly becoming a great warrior, but by embracing his own inherent strengths, empathy, and humanity.

Eliza Coupe (Tiger) and Derek Wilson (Wolf)

Finally we sat down with Eliza Coupe and Derek Wilson. They play Tiger and Wolf, two of the last survivors of humanity who recruit Josh Futturman to their cause. Coupe immediately begins raving about the part: “It’s comedy, it’s crazy, but it’s grounded; her name’s Tiger, she beats the shit out of people and she’s the leader of the resistance – why would I not want to do that?”

After identifying that they’d like the show to travel to the Wild West, Wilson and Coupe explore how they immersed themselves in their characters, Wilson by blasting music in his trailer from whatever time period the show was set in at that time – fun times for Coupe, whose trailer was next door.

They further discussed how they identified with their characters by having a hard time keeping up with what time period they were going to “be in” each day (a plight also shared by Tiger and Wolf), and the parts of themselves they most saw in Tiger and Wolf. For Coupe, Tiger’s anger (work she tried not to bring home), and for Wilson, Wolf’s childlike curiosity, something he gets to explore as the series goes on.

Let us know what hints about Future Man you found most exciting or intriguing in the comments below.

The entire first season of Future Man premieres on Hulu on November 14.