“Shooting anything physical is so funny,” Thomas Middleditch
tells ET about filming Silicon Valley
season four, which premieres Sunday, April 23 on HBO.
As Richard Hendricks, the creator of a data compression
start-up, the actor often had a thankless role to play in the first couple of
seasons. While the center of the series, Richard is a constant worrier and very
much a straight man to louder characters, such as Erlich Bachman (T.J. Miller),
an arrogant entrepreneur and partner in Richard's company, and the increasingly
zany and subversive Donald "Jared" Dunn (Zach Woods).
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But as season three proved with a first-ever Emmy nomination
for Middleditch (and season four will expand upon), Richard can be very funny
-- especially when the actor gets to put his physical comedy chops on display. Last
season, the character was very much at the center of the laughs, thanks to
on-screen meltdowns, his extreme neurotic behavior and confrontations with
terribly funny consequences.
One such moment was when Richard smashes his face into a
desk during an argument with Jack Barker (Stephen Tobolowsky). “That is all
very much in my wheelhouse,” Middleditch revealed to ET last summer, adding
that anyone who has worked with him in the improv scene knows him as a “real physical