The long-awaited season premiere of FX's hit show Atlanta aired last night. If you missed it, Katt Williams had a show-stealing performance as Earn's crazy uncle who has a pet alligator and deemed the "Alligator Man" by the neighborhood kids. In an interview with Complex, Williams explains that he prepped for this role by interning at an alligator farm.
"The first two times I auditioned, I wasn't good enough and other people were better. I just kept at it, and then I interned at an alligator farm for three-and-a-half weeks, just so I could get comfortable enough that we didn't use a stuntman. I really adopted the alligator into my home. And became so comfortable with it that it was like working with another co-star," Williams explains.
Williams kicked it with an alligator for three weeks to prepare for this part. Let that sink in.
A little context for those who have yet to see the episode entitled "Alligator Man," here's a quick recap.
The episode's primary focus is on Earn and Darius’ journey to Willie (Earn and Paper Boi’s uncle) aka Alligator Man’s house — where he’s accused of kidnapping his girl for stealing $50 from his wallet. One of the neighbors calls the cops saying that Willie kidnapped his love interest, and moments after Earn arrives, the cops also show up.
As soon as the cops arrive, they demand Willie step out and surrender to them. He refuses as he knows the matter simply got out of hand quickly. Earn walks out of the house telling the police that he couldn’t get his uncle out of the lovely abode. Glover shows remorse to law enforcement and joins the crowd outside. Coming out of the front door, making the grandest appearance of the entire 30-minute episode, the alligator creeps out and walks to the front of the house where he stays posted comfortably. The cops were in shock, and Willie sneaks out and runs down the street, escaping authorities.
Williams' character is a part of the outstanding joke of "Florida Man."
“Florida Man is responsible for large number of abnormal incidents that occur in Florida,” Darius tells Earn. “Think of him as an alt-right Johnny Appleseed. No one knows his true identity, date of birth, what he looks like — that’s why headlines always say ‘Florida Man.'”
Where this is going is unknown. However, when asked if we would see more of his character, Williams said, "I don't know what any of the subsequent episode numbers are. I certainly haven't seen the last of it."
Atlanta airs on FX Thursdays at 10/9c.