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Cool Dad Job: Third Fiddle

Latest Cool Dad Achievement: Making Pixar weird again.

After fully animating two of the funniest TV characters of this young century — that would be mother-oriented Buster Bluth on Arrested Development and boss-oriented Gary Walsh on Veep — Hale made his Pixar debut in 2019, playing Forky in Toy Story 4. Was his performance in a major children’s movie a weird meditation on the fundamental horror and purposelessness of existence? Sure was. One would expect no less of Hale, a comedic actor who doesn’t have to steal scenes because they just follow him home. What’s Hale working on now? Helping his daughter through high school, transforming himself into an unlikely red carpet fashion plate (the dude wears the hell out of a suit and a beard), and picking the projects that give him joy — a privilege he didn’t expect to have when he was a struggling actor on the wrong side of 30. “I’m so grateful for the gig,” he laughs. “The entitlement is not there. I can’t believe the craft services food is free. I don’t have to pay for it!”