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Thomas Middleditch stopped by TBS’ Conan Monday night, where he discussed starring in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, teased the final season of Silicon Valley and gushed about having a fan in Bill Gates.
After the actor joined O’Brien onstage, the late-night host was quick to mention that Gates publicly said “no show has gotten it right until Silicon Valley,” something Middleditch felt honored by, due to his own respect for Gates.
“This may come as a shock to you, but I’m a big fan of Windows,” the actor said. “I’m a gamer, so Windows is a part of that.”
Middleditch also admitted that when he first heard Gates wrote about the show last year on his blog, in a piece called “If you want to understand Silicon Valley, Watch Silicon Valley,” he was surprised to find that it was rather “flattering,” and that Gates felt as if he identified the most with his character on the show.
“It was essentially a really flattering review,” the actor said, also mentioning that Gates used a photo of him in character for the piece. “I was very honored, and I’m happy he used such a flattering photo.”
With fans expressing their dismay about the series finale of Game of Thrones, Middleditch says he is unfazed by the pressure of satisfying everyone with Silicon Valley’s ending. “These snowflakes bitchin’ and moaning,” he joked about GOT fans. “You know, just be happy you got Game of Thrones in the first place.”
When O’Brien asked how Middleditch envisioned the series ending, the actor said, “I hope that it will be in some way bittersweet. Much like the show, every victory has a consequence. The show is perpetually going ‘Yay, we did it’ when someone walks by and says, ‘Ha-ha, I got you in the nuts.’ “
The actor also discussed starring in the recent Godzilla: King of the Monsters, admitting that his character isn’t actually involved in the film’s heavy action sequences. He said he assumed advanced special-effects methods would be used to film those scenes, but instead the filmmakers resorted to “vintage Star Trek style,” which consisted of the actors moving side to side as the camera shook. Middleditch then pretended to film a scene from the movie with O’Brien, later asking the audience, “How many people just puked?”
“You really know how to sell a movie,” O’Brien joked, with Middleditch later saying the film is a “wild ride.”
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is in theaters now.
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