Tony Hale is the best body man on television – but that’s no reflection on the “Veep” star’s physique, just an indication of the job his character performs for vice president Selina Meyers, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Hale’s Gary Walsh, the so-called “body man” for Selina, is an aide de camp who has apparently put his entire life on hold in order to cater to his boss’ every whim. Pulling whatever Selina needs from the large bag he carries with him at all times, he’s a pathologically devoted lapdog whose adventures in the Veep’s office and on the campaign trail are entertaining enough to have landed Hale back-to-back Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
And on the set, he told TheWrap during a special Emmy Nominee edition of Drinking With the Stars presented by Jose Cuervo, his onscreen boss delights in tormenting him in ways designed to make him break character and start laughing. (But he likes that, because blooper reels are his favorite things to watch.)
Hale also described winning at last year’s Emmy show — “When I heard my name called, I left my body” — and taking the stage for some impromptu comedy when Louis-Dreyfus when she too won an Emmy.
And because “Veep” and his role as Buster Bluth on “Arrested Development” apparently aren’t quite enough to keep Hale busy, he discussed “Archibald’s Next Big Thing,” the children’s book he wrote about a chicken who’s so busy looking ahead that he can’t appreciate the here-and-now.
The book will be on Amazon in September, but it’ll be available in August through archibaldsnextbigthing.com.