Paul Walter Hauser Talks ‘Cobra Kai’ Future, His Failed Chris Farley Biopic, and ‘Cruella’

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Paul Walter Hauser has been a household name since appearing in the television drama ‘Kingdom,’ going on to appear in ‘I, Tonya’ and Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewel.’ He has most recently appeared in the Disney reboot ‘Cruella’ about the titular villain. One of his recognizable characters is Stingray from the Netflix series ‘Cobra Kai.’

Hauser sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss his future in ‘The Karate Kid’ sequel show and other projects.

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When asked if he would return to the show, he replied, “I hope so! I love that show.”

“Those guys hit me up all the time to check on me. They’re very sweet, and they want to know what I’m up to and how I’m doing,” he said. “But there are so many characters in the Cobra Kai universe that I never want to take precious screen time away from those main characters. So if they have a way to plug me in in the future, I’m all for it. I’m just waiting on the phone call.”

Hauser also opened up about his failed Chris Farley project, one he was so passionate about, he even contacted Farley’s family to get their blessing on filming the biopic. Unfortunately, it never came to fruition.

“I wanted to do a Chris Farley movie where he’s in rehab for half of the film, and for the other half of the movie, he’s doing his SNL stuff and his movies,” Hauser explained. “I think I have a really great take on that story, but I’m trying to lose weight and I’m trying to redefine myself as a person of healthy choice-making, and as an actor. So the days of doing Fatty Arbuckle, Chris Farley or Ignatius J. Reilly in a Confederacy of Dunces movie have a very small time window, and it’s getting smaller by the week.”

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When asked about his inspiration for the character of Horace for ‘Cruella,’ he cited Bob Hoskins as a source for his English accent.

“I studied Bob Hoskins quite a bit in preparation for this role,” Hauser said. “I was given two options by the dialect coach Neil Swain; he said to me, ‘Do you want to go for a Bob Hoskins or a Ray Winstone?’ He gave me those examples, and I couldn’t shake Bob Hoskins as Smee from the movie Hook. I just felt like that was dead on and what I had to do. So I studied that, I did it and I’m happy really, really happy with how it turned out. I don’t think it’s perfect, but it’ll fool some people who don’t know my work very well. That would be kinda cool.”


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