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I Scream, You Scream, We All Wilhelm Scream

Nov 3, 2017

We wrote an audio quiz for Lance Reddick and Paul Rust that's loud, abrupt, and inaccessible to industry outsiders. We inserted the Wilhelm scream, a famous inside joke among sound editors, into the middle of iconic movie quotes.

HIGHLIGHTS

Lance Reddick On His Early Inspiration

I always wanted to be Captain Kirk, and once I found out that William Shatner was a trained Shakespearean actor, I would open up monologues and try to do them like Captain Kirk.

Paul Rust On His Hometown, Le Mars, Iowa

It's the—everybody say it with me—ice cream capital of the world!...What cars is to Detroit, ice cream is to Le Mars.

Heard On Los Angeles: Famepocalypse Part Two

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JONATHAN COULTON: This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER coming to you from Los Angeles, Calif. I'm Jonathan Coulton here with Puzzle guru Art Chung. Now here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Thank you, Jonathan.

PAUL RUST: All right.

EISENBERG: Today, famous people are playing our nerdy games. Our celebritestants (ph), Lance Reddick and Paul Rust, are about to play a quiz about an inside joke among sound designers. But first, let's chat with them. Lance, you said that it was "Star Trek's" Captain James T. Kirk who actually...

LANCE REDDICK: You heard that?

EISENBERG: ...Peaked your interest in acting.

REDDICK: Man, you're not supposed to know all that stuff. But yeah.

EISENBERG: Why?

REDDICK: I grew up addicted to television, but I especially loved "Star Trek." I mean - and I always wanted to be Captain Kirk. And once I found out that William Shatner was a trained Shakespearean actor, I would open up monologues and try to do them like Captain Kirk.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: But you'd do it as Kirk?

REDDICK: But I did - well, at that time, I wasn't seeing Kirk as kind of a parody of himself.

EISENBERG: Right.

REDDICK: So, yeah. First season Kirk - as first season Kirk.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) That's good. Yeah, yeah, yeah. That's very good. Paul, you're from Le Mars, Iowa.

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

RUST: Ninety percent of this audience is Le Martians.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: There's got to be a billion reasons for tourists to come to Le Mars, Iowa, right?

RUST: Without a doubt, without a doubt.

EISENBERG: What's a couple of them?

RUST: Oh, I don't know. Maybe that it's the - everybody say it with me - ice cream capital of the world.

EISENBERG: What?

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: It's a big dairy place?

RUST: Yeah.

EISENBERG: OK.

REDDICK: Ah.

(LAUGHTER)

RUST: Very lactose.

EISENBERG: Very lactose positive.

REDDICK: Very lactose tolerant.

EISENBERG: Very tolerant. And so what does that mean? Does that mean, like, the most variety, the creamiest ice cream, the most outlandish flavors? What does that mean?

RUST: Well, there is a big factory that makes ice cream. And so what cars is to Detroit, ice cream is to Le Mars.

EISENBERG: OK.

RUST: Yeah, yeah.

EISENBERG: So when you're - do you like ice cream?

RUST: Boy, do I.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: OK. So we have an audio quiz for you called, I scream, you scream, we all Wilhelm scream.

(SOUNDBITE OF WILHELM SCREAM)

EISENBERG: So that's the Wilhelm scream. It's a sound effect that has been used in countless movies, including "Star Wars" and the "Indiana Jones" series. It's a bit of an inside joke with sound designers and engineers.

So in this game, we have inserted the Wilhelm scream into places it does not belong, interrupting iconic movie quotes. You just have to buzz in and tell us the words that the Wilhelm scream is replacing. So here we go.

RUST: OK. OK.

EISENBERG: From "Jaws."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "JAWS")

ROY SCHEIDER: (As Martin Brody) You're going to need a bigger...

(SOUNDBITE OF WILHELM SCREAM)

EISENBERG: Paul?

RUST: Boat.

EISENBERG: Boat is correct.

REDDICK: Oh, man.

EISENBERG: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: OK, this is from "There Will Be Blood."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THERE WILL BE BLOOD")

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS: (As Daniel Plainview) I drink your...

(SOUNDBITE OF WILHELM SCREAM)

EISENBERG: Paul?

RUST: Milkshake.

EISENBERG: That is correct, yeah. It really lines up in that one. From "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT")

KATHLEEN TURNER: (As Jessica Rabbit) I'm not bad. I'm just...

(SOUNDBITE OF WILHELM SCREAM)

EISENBERG: Anytime anyone want to buzz in just...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Paul?

RUST: Drawn that way.

EISENBERG: Drawn that way is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: This is from "Scarface."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "SCARFACE")

AL PACINO: (As Tony Montana) Say hello to my little...

(SOUNDBITE OF WILHELM SCREAM)

EISENBERG: Lance?

REDDICK: Friend.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that is correct.

REDDICK: (Laughter).

RUST: Friend, friend.

EISENBERG: And this is your last clue from "The Wizard Of Oz."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE WIZARD OF OZ")

JUDY GARLAND: (As Dorothy) Toto, I have a feeling we're not in...

(SOUNDBITE OF WILHELM SCREAM)

EISENBERG: Lance?

REDDICK: Kansas anymore.

EISENBERG: That is correct, yeah.

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: All right, Puzzle Guru Art Chung, how are our celebritestants doing?

ART CHUNG: After the second game, Paul is in the lead.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "L.A. IS THE PLACE")

EAZY E: (Singing) LA is the place. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.