As Tobias Funke, “Arrested Development’s” doctor-turned-actor, David Cross has suffered many indignities, from wearing a ridiculous mustache in every episode to being turned completely blue. But to promote the imminent release of new “AD” episodes on Netflix, Cross is making the boldest step yet: He’s putting himself in the hands of the fans, allowing them to inflict any indignities they want on him.
Appearing in front of a green screen as Funke, Cross is offering six in-costume performances -- cowpoke, action hero, doctor, big man on campus, motorcycle ruffian and average fellow -- and asking fans (or any big-name Hollywood filmmaker) to insert him into films as they see fit.
The “Insert Me Anywhere” website is the storehouse of all the videos “AD” fans would need to create their own Funke-palooza.
Three videos on a YouTube account purporting to belong to Tobias gives you some idea of what they had in mind, with the aspiring thespian appearing in scenes from such films as “Terms of Endearment,” “Around the World in 80 Days” and the Barbara Hershey-Bette Midler classic, “Beaches.”
Leaping off from that, fans have inserted him into video games, such as “Street Fighter” and other Capcom classics, the trailer for “Brokeback Mountain,” selected scenes from “Die Hard” and even the music video for the Weather Girls’ “It’s Raining Men.”
While many of the results have been laughable, some have actually been interesting bits of film in their own right. For example, there’s this clip from “The Shining,” which becomes a surreal bit of science fiction horror with the addition of Tobias Funke and some special visual effects. (This one even earned a thumbs up from Tobias himself.)