Stockton native Santino Fontana has a long list of acting credits on stage, TV and film. His latest TV project is on the upcoming CW musical-comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” The series is loaded with stage performers and singers that will pop up in the show.
Unless you have read his credits, it’s probably news to you that Fontana was the voice of Prince Hans in “Frozen.” He’s hesitant to tell people he was a voice talent in the super popular film.
“Kids don’t recognize my voice and I just don’t go up and tell people I was a voice in the film,” Fontana tells me at a CBS/CW/Showtime party. “I was on a plane recently sitting next to a mother and her daughter who was watching ‘Frozen.’ I didn’t say anything.”
His being quiet is more about modesty than anything else. Being part of animated Disney film is a great accomplishment and has given him a feeling of immortality. He just finds it hard to talk about unless someone asks.
Fontana can be heard in the short film “Frozen Fever,” but he didn’t have to get back into the recording studio for the production.
“All Prince Hans does is grunt in ‘Frozen Fever.’ They already had me grunting from my recording sessions for ‘Frozen.’ They just used that,” Fontana says.
As with other Disney productions, there has been a lot of merchandising released featuring all of the “Frozen” characters. Fontana didn’t have to spend any of his Disney money on “Frozen” items since the studios sent him a box of items, including one of the models they made to help with animating the movie.
Maybe they could offer him some business cards that says he’s the voice of Prince Hans that he can hand out.
The plan by Netflix to produce a group of original series based on Marvel Comics characters is off to a great start with “Daredevil.” A lot of the credit for the show’s mesmerizing look, solid writing and great performances goes to executive producer Steven DeKnight.
Next up is “Jessica Jones,” based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael BendisIt will be under the guidance of executive producer Melissa Rosenberg. DeKnight has had a chance to pass on some words of wisdom to Rosenberg as she works on her series.
She started grilling DeKnight as soon as their paths crossed in the writers room.
“As Melissa already knows, it’s very challenging to shoot in New York. It’s challenging with locations. It’s challenging to get crews because there’s so many things shooting. And also the weather is incredibly challenging. When I started ‘Daredevil,’ it was blazing hot in the summer, and I ended freezing my ass off in the winter,” DeKnight says. “And then she came and started in the winter and is finishing in the summer. So it’s quite brutal.”
There are some similarities between the new shows, but there are big differences between the heroes.
“Steven has the advantage. His show is called ‘Daredevil,’ but Daredevil has an outfit. He has a mask. So Charlie Cox can get a break every once in a while. My show is called ‘Jessica Jones.’ There’s no mask,” Rosenberg says. “Krysten Ritter is the hardest working woman in show business.”
As for bring the show to life, Rosenberg relied heavily on the original graphic novel because Bendis created an incredibly flawed, damaged, interesting character.
“Regardless of gender, it was the character that drew me. He wasn’t afraid to go there, and we went even further. We’ve been going further in all of our storytelling,” Rosenberg says.
There will be another season of “Daredevil” and DeKnight has turned the program over to new show runners, Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez.
Petrie was DeKnight’s right-hand man on the first season, and Ramirez was one the writers.
“Unfortunately, I had to leave because of a previous commitment to write and direct a feature. So it is in such great hands. They were there from the inception,” DeKnight says.
They will need to be at the top of their games because the first season of “Daredevil” was such a super series.