A few weeks ago, we invited Rango, the bug-eyed green lizard to the STACKS to answer YOUR questions about his life as sheriff of Dirt. Well, here he is with his answers!
Read on. . .
Q: What was life like for you before you moved to Dirt?
Rango: Well, I'm an adventurer by nature. But I like to think of the stage as my first love. The theatre, I'm talkin' about! Actually, it was a bit lonely in my terrarium, but I was writing, directing and acting in my own plays, and I'm fairly confident I was amazing in my theatrical exploits.
Q: Where did the term "crunchy creamy cookie candy cupcake" come from? It's brilliant!
Rango: That is a vocal warm-up stolen from the Phoenix Boys' Choir! Just sing it five times and really pronounce every single syllable and you’ll be ready for anything!
Q: Does your height keep you from achieving any jobs a normal sheriff would do?
Rango: Hey, are you trying to give me a complex? If you notice, I'm fairly average in height compared to the other residents of Dirt. So I think I'm more than vertically adequate to contend with the challenges presented to me in my role as constable!
Q: Are you and Rattlesnake Jake best buddies now or do you still have your rivalry?
Rango: Oooh. I'm happy to say I have not seen that dark serpent of doom for some time. Jake is more than a rattler – he's a force of mortal power, signaling someone's last days are near. I definitely steer clear of him.
Q: What are your best tips for living in the desert?
Rango: It's all about water, amigo. Who's got the H2O! Agua! If you have water and protect it, conserve it, and honor it, you live. If not, Jake might just be paying you a symbolic visit. . .
Q: When did you first meet Mr. Timms?
Rango: Mr. Timms is an amazing being. I could talk for hours about how that orange fish has changed my life. He's a life coach, mentor, spiritual guide, friend, guru, and crisis negotiator. I met him in a dream and we’ve been close ever since.
Q: What's the best part of being the sheriff of Dirt?
Rango: The best part is wearing the hat. No, the badge. No, the boots. I think I'm supposed to say "helping others." But for me, it's the gritty apparel.
Q: Where do you get your awesome shirts?
Rango: Get 'em especially made from a tailor in Hawaii. Now that I'm famous, I have them shipped in once a week along with fresh pineapple.
Q: Do you know how I could contact the Spirit of the West myself? Does he do autographs?
Rango: He appears to those who seek the greater truths of life. The big questions. What is my place in the world? What is it all about? When did time begin? Who ate all the granola? It's never occurred to me to ask for an autograph—that might be like asking a dream to leave a voice mail.
Q: Who is your bff in Dirt?
Rango: Well, Priscilla is certainly like a deeply disturbed daughter to me. Spoons and I have long talks, mostly about his bodily functions. Waffles is just nuts. And Beans, well. . . let's just say we're going slow for now. But I plan to surprise her with a special dance I've been working on for quite some time now.
Q: Did you ever imagine that you would turn into such an amazing lizard/sheriff? Did you ever imagine that your voice would be the voice of the best actor in the world?
Rango: Of course! You have to believe in yourself. I set out to be the best at everything I do, or at least to give it my very best shot! I'm glad to hear you say I've got the voice of the best actor in the world—because that would be me!
Thanks for joining us, Rango. I know I speak for us all when I say we're looking forward to hearing about your future adventures!
Image and interview courtesy of Paramount Pictures