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[–]benbooooo 637 points

Has Noel Fielding ever dressed you up?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 1549 points

Despite appearances I’m an animate being

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 1715 points

But yes, every morning.

[–]JillyBeef 217 points

I have to say, I love how your 2 comment strategy–replying, waiting a bit, replying again–perfectly captures your real-life comedic delivery. I can totally hear you saying it this way.

Also, bravo! Thanks for existing and making my life better as a result!

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[–]flyrtildeg 480 points

Hi Richard! Thanks for doing this AMA.

I’m just wondering what it was like growing up “triculturally”, with your mother being Norwegian, your father Nigerian, and yourself being raised in Britain. I live in Norway also, and I’d like to know if you have been here before or learned any Norwegian from your mother.

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 1110 points

I have been to Norway many many times – my mum lives there now. I was very lucky with my parents – couldn’t have wished for anything more. And I love going to Norway. Shall i say Norway again? sure. Norway.

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 521 points

And no problem!

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[–]ZombieNinjaPirate 867 points

What was your relationship like with Chris O’dowd on the set of the I.T crowd?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 2681 points

Erotic, intense, salty

[–]JustLikeMyDick 459 points

In that order.

[–]hlfempty69 151 points

Relevant username

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[–]pentangleit 665 points

Hey Richard! Great to see you here. As an actor, what’s your real life IT skills like?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 1233 points

Thanks – terrible, terrible

[–]Th3B1gCh33se 469 points

[–]Qurtys_Lyn 366 points

Actually, that’s standard IT procedure…



[–]Qurtys_Lyn 160 points

Impact Calibration.

[–]MarkusFiligree 28 points

Kinetic adjustments

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Clicking, double clicking. Sending and receiving e-mails…

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[–]Orbixx 31 points

Wow, I believed you were a total nerd the entire time. Must’ve been that acting they say you’re good at.

Surely you enjoyed the countdown spoof though.

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[–]DLPE 279 points

Any plans to release the radio show you did with Noel Fielding?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 387 points

Maybe – at some point.

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 323 points

I’d like to – it was a good deal of fun to do though – so I’m happy either way.

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[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 1697 points

I’d say it would have to be in the first year I was at university because David was in the 3rd year when John and I arrived. So that must have been 1995? Good gravy.

[–]TheGroomOfTheStool 324 points

What ever happened to John Oliver? I haven’t seen him on Mock The Week in ages!!



[–]RockinRhombus 220 points

Doesn’t he have a show now?

[–]jesuslovestacos 343 points

Yeah on HBO.

[–]Auxillary 302 points

Last Week Tonight is the name if anyone is interested.

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[–]ClintonHarvey 160 points

The game of thrones channel.

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[–]StackOfMay 142 points

He’s actually got his own late night talk show in the US now. It’s called Last Week Tonight, and it started a couple of weeks ago.

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[–]lsop 155 points

Who’s the fourth guy and what happened to him!?

[–]ttmp22 372 points

That’s Ricky Gervais before the accident.

[–]cokevanillazero 932 points

Excuse me but Ricky Gervais was a beautiful man back in the 1980s


[–]maynardftw 605 points

Holy shit. He’s like an anime character.

[–]jb4427 210 points

[–]markovich04 69 points

David Bowie has been ripping him off for years.

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[–]tombojuggles 120 points

Is it Neil Fitzmaurice? (Jeff from Peep Show)

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[–]D1g1talis 88 points

Holy crap David Mitchell always had “stare into your soul” eyes

[–]paper_liger 82 points

You know the thing about David Mitchell, he’s got… lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eye.

[–]eric6566 21 points

And when he comes at ya, he doesn’t seem to be livin…. until he bites you… and those black eyes roll over white, and then,, then you hear that terrible high pitch screamin, the ocean turns red… in spite of all the poundin and the hollerin, David Mitchell comes in and he rips you to pieces.

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[–]r_antrobus 218 points

What was the last large budget feature film you enjoyed?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 608 points

I liked Her – did that have a big budget?

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[–]SyNiiCaL 1125 points

Hi Richard! Big fan of your work (so far!). A yearly ritual for me and my father is watching the Big Fat Quiz of the Year, and you’re by far our favourite contestant on there. My question is in relation to that show, when the audience, and celebrity counterparts are laughing at a joke you make, how do you maintain such a straight face, without even a smirk. Any secrets?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 2656 points

I think I last laughed in the mid-90s

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 2597 points

as in there’s something wrong with me

[–]jesse9o3 1508 points

Have you tried turning yourself off and on again?

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[–]Evil_This 87 points

At least you’re not David Mitchell. Poor bastard hasn’t had a cry since 1996 (I think he said).

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[–]liamquane 364 points

ae there any actors out there you wish to work with?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 1016 points

yes – Rick Moranis! I love him.

[–]verdatum 674 points

I think I can say on behalf of the majority of Reddit that we would be tickled pink if Rick Moranis worked with anyone.

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[–]ElCrowing 53 points

Aw man, that’s a total bummer. I wish you could.

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[–]liamquane 171 points

will you be working with Noel Fielding again?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 355 points

Yes! Will briefly be in his new series.

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[–]cavendish88 311 points

Are you the same “R.A. was here” written in Sharpie in the men’s toilets at the Eagle Pub in Cambridge? I notice it every time I go there.

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 900 points

I would never deface a toilet. They mean too much to me.

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[–]patman990 147 points

I read you once practiced law. How did you go about transitioning from that to writing/directing/acting?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 631 points

I was terrible at law

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[–]seismicor 146 points

What is more satisfying to you? Acting or directing?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 381 points

I feel I have more aptitude for directing.

[–]soue13 50 points

Well let me tell you right now that I also think you’re a wonderful actor, on top of being a great director.

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[–]thesplord 412 points

Do you store things in your hair?

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[–]Oolonger 454 points

I recently read Stephen Fry’s autobiography, and in it he says he felt like being in the Footlights was a disadvantage when he started out, because of ‘reverse snobbery.’
As a former Footlights president, do you think having that comedy background gives you an advantage, or does it just mean you have to work harder to prove that you’re not just a posh twit with good connections?
Also, I’m looking forward to Luxury Comedy series 2. City Gent is my favourite character!

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 661 points

I felt lucky in that you’re given the incredible advantage of being able to perform and write for shows that will definitely be put on – mainly because people like Stephen Fry have been in previous Footlights shows – I don’t know – I was there at a time when it wasn’t very fashionable – but I met lots of people who really helped me – I was also able to unleash some of the most unforgivably turgid material that has ever been conceived.

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[–]carlosreddevil 226 points

Hi. Hope all’s well. If you HAD to direct a re-make of any film, what would it be and why?

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[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 994 points

Oh, wait… I’m just being told something

[–]Anti_Craic 126 points

Just call it Robert Cop. We’ve got the mechandise already in production.

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[–]TheRingshifter 51 points

We can have two remakes!

[–]TheDanSandwich 33 points

A remake of the new remake.

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[–]Musimania 396 points

Hi Richard,

Firstly, thanks for doing this AMA! I’m a big fan of Submarine and, although I sadly missed the release of The Double, I look forward to when it’s released on disc.

As I loved your appearances with the Mighty Boosh, are you planning on working with either Noel or Julian (or both!) in the future?


[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 491 points

I’d always work with them – it just depends on what comes up – but I’ve really enjoyed doing the shows that they wrote.

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 393 points

And thanks!

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[–]Oneinchwalrus 307 points

How do you keep your hair so fabulous?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 1150 points

I use the juice from between airplane seats.

[–]mlkelty 448 points

I make that juice!

[–]whetu 123 points

Why not cut out the middleman?!

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[–]ashleyhphoto 298 points

Hey Richard! Would you ever come to New Zealand/Australia on tour?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 1380 points

I’m going to be the new drummer in Led Zeppelin

[–]thechilipepper0 35 points

Oh man, if you did something with Flight of the Conchords, that would be amazing!

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[–]liamquane 99 points

what would you do or say if you met your own double?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 404 points

Well, if you do, you’re meant to die. So I’d probably say, ‘Oh dear.’

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 481 points

And then apologise.

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[–]tdkreturns 97 points

Who is the funniest person in the world?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 357 points

Richard Pryor was.

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[–]grantmacv 433 points

Mr Ayoade! massive massive fan, I love Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, and IT Crowd is one of my favourite shows, and I really look forward to seeing The Double. I have 2 questions, the first one is; Was it as funny on set as it was watching when Chris O’Dowd was taking photos of you for the calender on the IT Crowd? and the bands you have directed music videos for, are you a genuine fan? because by chance they happen to be some of my all time favourite bands. If you reply to this it will make my life complete.

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 544 points

I’ve been lucky in that I’ve always like the bands that I’ve done music videos for.

[–]grantmacv 259 points

And now I can die happy saying that I spoke to the one and only Richard Ayoade

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 1046 points

Don’t die!

[–]at_work919 354 points

finally! a response that I legitimately heard Moss exclaiming in my head as I read it.

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[–]Foonsaki 259 points

How’s your day going?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 774 points

It’s okay. Although I was so tired earlier that I bit through my lip and the blood looked black. I blotted at it with a tissue but that made me feel nauseous. I then read Spring Torrents. I liked it.

[–]Crjbsgwuehryj 78 points

How’s your water pressure these days?

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[–]UnitedFanDes 623 points

Hi Richard!

How was directing the ‘Critical Film Studies’ episode of Community? Are you a fan of the show?

One of my favourite episodes, by the way.


P.S The Double was great. Everybody go see it if you have the chance!

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 755 points

I am a fan of the show – so it was a real pleasure – I really like Dan Harmon and the cast – it was very interesting to do. Thanks

[–][deleted] 152 points

If you’re a fan of Community, how can you be in Community?

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[–]gerryhanes 161 points

What question are you really hoping someone will ask today?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 733 points

Did you know you are entitled to compensation for the ACCIDENT you just had?

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[–]arcosapphire 148 points

What is your favorite tea? My wife is very interested in the answer to this for some reason.

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 288 points

Assam – which I always want to spell Assaam for some reason

[–]arcosapphire 194 points

Thanks! I somehow imagine you’ve added a detail to a fantasy I’ll never know about, though.

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[–]liamquane 145 points

do you have any tips on set control? like controlling crew and actors?

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[–]jesse9o3 315 points

Because sarcasm always work.

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[–]liamquane 74 points

What would you say are your biggest influences?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 190 points

It’s hard to say – but directors I really, really like include Orson Welles Ingmar Bergman Fellini Wes, Pt, and Roy Anders(s)on John Ford Preston Sturges Barbara Albert

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[–]Kknowsbest 209 points

If they made a movie about your life, who would play you (other than yourself)?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 715 points

It wouldn’t matter because no one would watch that movie.

[–]flyrtildeg 283 points

I dunno, I’d watch the hell out of it.

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 1321 points

You might think you would, but nothing much has happened to me. It would be more like a screensaver

[–]whetu 337 points

It would be more like a screensaver

So… like a fire then?

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[–]lomoeffect 131 points

Hi Richard! Submarine was quite pronounced in its French New Wave influences throughout the film – where exactly did your inspiration for this come from?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 332 points

It felt that the film should look as though Oliver had directed it, and that the film of his life would have a romantic, wind-swept new wave feel

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[–]seismicor 232 points

Hi, do you believe that you’re being typecast after you’ve played Moss in The IT Crowd?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 463 points

I don’t know – I don’t really do too much performing – I feel surprised if anyone wants to hire me.

[–]Korberos 215 points

I was really sad you weren’t the new Doctor…

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[–]dancing-greg 176 points

How many hairstyles did you go through before you settled on Moss’s unique do?

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[–]r_antrobus 126 points

Are you currently wearing woman’s slacks?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 457 points

I’m wearing a cape and speedos

[–]Sunfried 40 points

It’s Tuesday, after all.

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[–]TheCubanpete 122 points

Does your ear ever actually get hot?

(Mine does :<)

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 296 points

If it’s left out in the sun

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[–]Captain77Anarchy 997 points

Why aren’t you the new Doctor

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[–]CommunistConsumer 19 points

Because Peter Capaldi is, fuckity bye!

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[–]ExdigguserPies 141 points

Holy shit balls.

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[–]BreatheUnderwater 163 points

How deep is the ocean?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 476 points

6 miles, sometimes 7

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[–]liamquane 55 points

will you ever be acting in one of your written/directed films?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 204 points

I can’t imagine being able to source an actor who was better than me. So if I ever am in one of my films you’ll know we ran out of money, or there’s a strike on.

[–]r3m0t 57 points

I think you missed a not there.

Are you in the US right now? This AMA is really late. Come back soon!

[–]surlyass 107 points

You recently met Paul Thomas Anderson – what was that like? Did he share any Pynchon-related anecdotes? Did you get a sneak preview of Inherent Vice?

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[–]r_antrobus 94 points

What did you think about Jesse Eisenberg’s casting as Lex Luthor?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 166 points

I think they made a good choice!

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[–]powerparrot 43 points

Richard do you get to keep the gadgets from Gadget Man? Also what projects to do you have coming up that we should look forward to?


[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 106 points

No! The bastards won’t let me!

[–]Dsvkb 126 points

Hello, it’s great to see you on here! I just had a question about the Boosh. Do you think that there will ever be a new series/the ever talked about movie? Or do you think that ship has already sailed? Thanks for stopping by!

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 197 points

There might be – but that would be down to Noel and Julian

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[–]Randamonia 43 points

Hey Richard, I was wondering, what did you prefer being on most, The IT Crowd or The Mighty Boosh?

Edit: Also, what was more fun making? I would also like to know if you will be considering doing something like Bunny and The Bull again (my favourite movie)?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 73 points

I liked both! The Boosh is much more of an improvisational show, so that’s enjoyable – because they’re both so good at doing that it’s great to be near it. My friend Paul Kind directed Bunny and the Bull – I’ll tell him – he’ll be very pleased!

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[–]liamquane 86 points

do you have any screenwriting advice?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 241 points

Paul Schrader said you need a metaphor and a theme – that’s pretty good advice.

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[–]shivan21 79 points

Were there some concrete philosophical stands or even schools you had on mind when making The Double?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 176 points

Carl Jung’s idea of the shadow!

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[–]epicmindwarp 75 points

What operating system are you using?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 316 points

The thing is – I don’t even know. I don’t know how any of this works – I don’t even know how this thing we’re doing now works – what are YOU all doing? Do YOU know how it works – please tell me! As in is this currently the thing it’s meant to be? Thanks in advance for your kind cooperation

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[–]InvertedGoat 39 points

Hi Richard, big fan.

Quick question. How did Alex Turner end up doing the soundtrack for the magnificent Submarine?

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[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 87 points

I did, but I was a truly poor stand up – no character, no perspective, no originality. An unarguable disaster.

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[–]patman990 78 points

What’s some of your favorite music?

Love all your work, so surprising to see that you’re as brilliant behind the camera as in front of it. Looking forward to The Double.

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 294 points

Dinosaur Jr Sidney Bechet The Clash Pixies Beatles Sonic Youth

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[–]elwiley 134 points

In the interview you did with Jesse Eisenberg for Total Film, when they asked about the Batman/Superman movie, did you already know Jesse had been cast in it? Either way, it’s funny to watch now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHPJ2fTKLNE for reference

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 178 points

I didn’t – but I knew that they were interested in him for something

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[–]prettygin 38 points

Hi Richard! I’m a big fan of yours and love watching any show with you in it. Will you be in series 2 of Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy?

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[–]liamquane 68 points

what is your writing process like? do you plan out methodically or do you jump straight in?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 149 points

Well – it really depends. With an adaptation you have something to work from – you always have your first impression of it and what you think it could be wrt a film – so you would break down the novel – decide what you think might stay in a film etc – and then you start to go through it. But it takes a long time and you might now always go in a linear order. On other things it can be haphazard and jumbled. In general it seems to improve the more you do it – and Graham Linehan said to me that your first draft is always terrible so don’t worry about it.

[–]Kinda_Directionless 65 points

Can I just say, your hair is pretty cool, may I ask if you use any particular products to achieve that epic fro…?

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[–]liamquane 63 points

what part of Moss was chosen by you? (look, tone of voice, walk)

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 295 points

The face was essentially brokered by my parents. There was nothing I could really do about that. The walk and voice are mine, I suppose. They now play that performance on day one of Stella Adler.

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[–]jiffy_lidia 143 points

Hello Richard Ayoade! 🙂 I hope you are having a wonderful day! Firstly I would like to say that I love your work in both acting and directing. Submarine is my favorite movie,IT Crowd is legendary, Garth Meranghi’s Darkplace is amazing, your wittiness on Big Fat Quiz keep me laughing for the whole day and all get me through a bad day 🙂
Secondly I would like to ask which do you enjoy doing more acting or directing? Also what are your top 5 favorite books? Thank you so much for doing this AMA! 😀

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 232 points

I think I like directing and writing most In terms of books – that’s a hard question – so I’ll just write authors I like if that’s ok Richard Yates JD Salinger Flannery O’Connor Sherwood Anderson

[–]jiffy_lidia 69 points

thank you! I love you!!

[–]superman169 80 points

we all do

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 453 points

I saw Seinfeld live once and someone shouted that out and he said, ‘I still think we should see other people’. He’s a funny man and you should all love HIM.

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[–]brandyofthedamned 50 points

Hi Richard, I love gadget man and was wondering when the next series would come out? I also love your sense of humour, do you plan on doing a new tv show anytime soon? I think you and Noel Fielding should collaborate.

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[–]Kknowsbest 98 points

Where is the strangest place that somebody has recognized you?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 308 points

Inside a nuclear reactor.

[–]Curiousgeorge17 32 points

What were you doing there?!

[–][deleted] 148 points

He was reacting.

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[–]Funslinger 261 points

Hey, Richard! I really enjoyed your movie, Submarine.

If I came up with a question, it would be contrived. I mostly just want acknowledgment that you’ve read this and know how big of a fan I am.

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 332 points

You’re very kind!

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[–]liamquane 50 points

will you be working with Jesse Eisenberg again?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 96 points

I’d like to!

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[–]ironicgoldfish 24 points

how do you like your cups of tea.. seriously

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 44 points

with lemon – it has to be above boiling point

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[–]DLPE 23 points

What hobbies do you enjoy during your downtime?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 79 points

I do a lot of breakdancing.

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[–]Ledzepper 51 points

Do you have any plans to direct an original movie soon?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 101 points

Maybe – it’s hard to know whether you’ll ever get the chance to make anything again – it really depends on how things go. But I am writing some things now that aren’t adaptations. So many of my favourite films are adaptations that it never feels like a question that I’m unduly bothered by.

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[–]ChuckEye 83 points

The trailer for The Double reminded me in tone of Brazil, The City of Lost Children or Delicatessen (or other 80’s/90’s arthouse dystopia). Were there particular films or directors you looked at when developing the look and feel of the movie?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 131 points

Wierdly I didn’t watch any of those before – and have only seen Brazil of those three (as a teenager) We thought more of Ingmar Bergman’s The Silence Jacques Tati Kaurismaki The Trial

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[–]shivan21 24 points

What’s your favorite tv show?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 75 points


I like Twin Peaks and Grand Designs. Too close to call.

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[–]punkrockblues 151 points

The internet is a fun but scary place, so congratulations on making it this far and for joining the Twitter universe (I refuse to say Twitterverse) as well. Oh, and reddit, of course. I have a few questions, so feel free to exercise your free will and answer as many or as few as you like:

  1. What was your introduction to Dostoyevsky, and what drew you to “The Double” in particular?
  2. Any plans, or at least desire, to direct more television in the US?
  3. Do women’s trousers instill the amount of confidence that Douglas Reynholm and Maurice Moss claim?
  4. Have you spoken to Alex Turner since he discovered pomade? I quite enjoy that kid.

Thanks for your time. Dean Learner is my hero, so I suppose vicariously you are too. All the best. – Rachel

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 203 points

  1. It was Avi Korine’s idea to adapt it so the first thing was reading his script and then I read the novella before I started writing with him
  2. Who knows? Nothing immediate.
  3. No.
  4. Yes.
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[–]MrGurns 266 points


First, finish your milk.

Thank you for your work–both acting and directing. Looking forward to hearing from you!

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 790 points

After the show finished, Graham used a special swab to wipe all of our memories clean, and then he released us back into a glade

[–]DeSanti 204 points

How was that?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 1053 points

It was originally frightening, but once we learned to forage and stamp out inter-tribe warfare we made some kind of new life for ourselves. It’s a simple life, but honest and true. It’s in the tradition of Heidegger without the far-right associations.

[–]Korberos 153 points

All I want right now is a soundcloud of your comments, read in your voice.

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[–]coffeesforclosers 18 points

What was it like to work with Dr.Fox?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 49 points

The DJ?

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[–]AquaConvolution 16 points

If you could have one super power during the zombie apocalypse what would you have?

[–]Richard_Ayoade[S] 52 points


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