The minute we found out that the Veronica Mars movie was officially a go—there were many things we couldn’t wait for. The resurrection of the Piz, Logan, Veronica love triangle. The hijinx that Veronica, Wallace and Mac found themselves in while solving the mysteries of Neptune. But most of all, we were psyched that Ryan Hansen would slip back into the role of wealthy, spoiled, surfer dude Dick Casablancas—best friend to Logan Echolls and Veronica’s hilarious partner in witty banter.
We sat down with Ryan—who has gone on to star on hit shows like Party Down, Burning Love and Two Broke Girls since Veronica Mars went off the air in 2007—to get all the scoop on the movie. He filled us in on everything from how things were different for the cast on the movie set to what he envisions for Dick in the next Veronica Mars movie (yes, he’s betting there will be a sequel!)
OKMagazine.com: Did you ever think the day would come that the Veronica Mars movie would get green lit?
Ryan Hansen: When the TV show ended, I was so bummed. And then when Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell were like we’re going to do this Kickstarter video—and then when we finally released it—I was like, ‘This could totally go either way.’ But, I am so blown away that the fans responded the way they did. I feel so humbled and feel so lucky to be part of project that the fans wanted to see.
OKMagazine.com: Talk to us about getting to play Dick Casablancas again. We have this theory that he’s a secret genius to keep up this life that he lives! Do you think that too?
RH: Gonna be honest—no! But I’m very curious what will happen if we get to do more movies—Dick’s money has got to run out sometime.
OKMagazine.com: How did it feel going back to that character again?
RH: Rob Thomas is so good at creating these characters. For me, it’s so easy to jump into Dick—can I say that?—it’s so effortless and so carefree. He’s the comic relief in such an intense show that it’s fun to be able to be that.
OKMagazine.com: What was it like on the first day back on set?
RH: It was like a big fat family reunion—everyone back in their characters and everyone hugging and everyone looking at each other saying, ‘How lucky are we that we get to do this again?’ Everyone just felt super passionate about working on the show again. One of my fave parts of all this is we all went and did our own projects and kept in touch—I’m pretty close with most of the cast—and then come back and be able to be our characters and play around on set on this show we used to do.
OKMagazine.com: What was the most surreal part of playing Dick Casablancas again?
RH: The banter between Veronica and Logan and Dick. I just love the way that Veronica and Dick interact. That’s one of my favorite things. That was pretty surreal to be like, ‘We’re doing it again!’
OKMagazine.com: Is Dick where you thought he would be 10 years later?
RH: Honestly, this is exactly where I thought Dick would be—living in a big old beach house, surfs every day, there for Logan when he needs him. Dick just being a bigger dick!
OKMagazine.com: What surprised you the most about where all the other characters are in their lives in the movie?
RH: I was very surprised that Wallace works at the school . . .and I love that Weevil has a kid. I love that and thought was really cool and bad ass.
OKMagazine.com: Who surprised you most in “real” life? Who do you think gets superlatives for things like “Most Successful” and “Most Changed?”
RH: Most successful—Kristen? Kristen Bell? Ever hear of her? [laughs] And Tina Majorino looked great. She was always beautiful but her style now, she just looked so cool.
OKMagazine.com: What was most different about filming together now than when you did on the show?
RH: Well, it’s weird because I have two kids, Jason [Dohring] has two kids, Percy [Daggs III] has a kid, Kristen [Bell] has a kid—that was pretty different. Before, we would all go get something to eat really late or we went night surfing. And now it’s like, ‘I gotta go home and go to bed.’ We’re old men now.
OKMagazine.com: Did you take anything from the TV set that you still have?
RH: In one of the scenes from the show, Veronica runs over one of my surfboards and breaks it. I took one of those.
OKMagazine.com: What about from the movie?
RH: I wanted the flask belt and I was promised the flask belt. I’m a little upset I didn’t get the flask belt. I gotta figure that out!
OKMagazine.com: So, if there is a sequel to the movie—where do you think we’ll meet Dick next?
RH: Dick as an even bigger Dick. Maybe he tries to settle down with a crazy girl?
So, are you Team Dick like we are? Tell us why you love him and what you’re most excited to see in the Veronica Mars movie in the comments below OR tweet us @OKMagazine!