Walruses make a lot of very expressive sounds.
Smith said he chose Long because of his 'expressive eyes,' which Long found 'very flattering'. However, his agents were not so keen on him donning the tusks. Fair enough, I guess: you don't want to get typecast as a giant sea mammal.
My agents were like, “Are you sure?”...and I was like, “I’ve gotta do this.” I just feel like, whatever happens with this, it will be interesting. However it turns out. It’s going to be an experience.
Best of all, Long has seen the Walrus outfit being made, and dropped a couple of spoilers that will make gorehounds very happy.
I saw the mold that they’re building, and it’s actually incredible. Rob Kurtzman is doing the special effects makeup, and they took the mold already of my body, and my head, and my legs, because he … well, I don’t want to give too much away, but, spoiler alert — he cuts off my legs at a certain point.
Ever the dedicated method actor, Long has been boning up on walruses:
I’ve been watching a lot of walrus footage and at a certain point — he cuts up my tongue, so it’s going to be a lot of just trying to vocalize as much as I can. Walruses make a lot of very expressive sounds. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s a lot of great footage that you can find on YouTube...I had the walrus burned in my head and I thought about growing a mustache for it.
Our walrus-to-be also tantalised with the hint that it could be someone very cool indeed to take the role of the detective who searches for the unfortunate walrus.
I can’t say who it is, but Kevin got this actor to play the French-Canadian detective who goes looking for me, who’s such a thrill … Kevin will murder me if I spill the beans and tell you who it is, but it’s really exciting. So, it’s just a weird thing, but it’s something that I felt like I couldn’t pass up.
It's a cool interview, he also talks about being called 'smug, insufferable' by , and his Princess Leia fantasies. Tusk is currently in production and should be released in January 2014.