Now that everyone has had an appropriate amount of time to binge-watch Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” those who watched the series may have some questions about one of the more obscure running gags in the show - radio announcer Arty. Now, the actor himself is sharing the details.
In the original movie, actor Liam Norton played the character running the Camp Firewood radio station. However, when he opened his mouth, the familiar voice of “Inglourious Basterds" and “Not Another Teen Movie” star Samm Levine came out. In the show, Norton was replaced by 10-year-old actor George Dalton, who was more than happy to keep the running joke alive in 2015.
“I thought it was really funny because, the thing is, the character is such a young role and the fact that we have an older guy playing my voice, I thought that was really hysterical because you instantly think, ‘Oh, this kid is going to sound like a 10 year old, but when the voice comes on, it’s’ completely different” Dalton told International Business Times in a phone interview. “I find the gag and the joke behind it very creatively different and funny.”
While fans of the original 2001 film “Wet Hot American Summer” were expecting and hoping Levine’s voice would emerge from this young Arty character once he got behind the mic, the joke ended up being a total surprise to Dalton, who auditioned for the role by reading the lines himself. It wasn’t until he was cast for the part and saw the original movie for the first time that he understood what he was in for; something that he says didn’t diminish his desire to appear in the role one bit.
“After I got the role, that’s when I saw the movie. Right when I got the role I went home and watched the original film,” Dalton told IBTimes. “I was really excited because it has such an all-star cast and they’re all so nice and it was amazing getting to work with them. I was really excited and surprised when I found out that I’d gotten it.”
Dalton’s dubbed-over lines were hilarious in their own right, but the entire joke becomes significantly funnier when you learn that the young actor’s voice is one of his key selling points. Believe it or not, in addition to acting, Dalton is working on a music career all his own.
When he’s not letting the people of Camp Firewood know what activities are happening each day, he’s making YouTube videos on his personal channel, updating his social media status and, yes, starring in music videos.
Recently, he released a video that’s a jazz cover of Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” which can be viewed below. Now that “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” is behind him, he teased the next project that he’s working on is a sequel to a horror movie. Unfortunately, he has to remain tight-lipped about the project. However, the point is, there’s much more from Dalton on the way.