When it comes to his prostatic hand, Tony Hale has publicly said he made a huge mistake. For about half of the Arrested Development original run, Hale's character Buster Bluth has been walking around with various prostatic hands and hooks, which, according to the actor, were “Unbearable”.
"It was hell”, says Hale in a recent interview promoting the new season, premiering May 4th on Netflix. “It kept falling off, ruining takes. Everyone was mad at me for messing up scenes and causing delays”.
The apparent problem Hale had with his character's hook, had lingered on into the new season. After recent leaked photos from the new episodes started popping on Twitter featuring a two armed Buster, it was obvious something wasn't right. Sources close to the show have said that Buster's hand loss plot was to be dismissed, in order to insure Hale's appearance in the new episodes.
"He wouldn't put it on”, says John Freeman, former executive producer. “He was dead serious about it. We had to give him a hand or he wouldn't do it”. Mr. Freeman also said they tried to write in a hand transplant for buster, but EP and show creator Mitch Hurwitz ruled it out, being something they sealed the deal on in season 2.
The new and improved Buster could distance some of the show's more devoted fans away from the new season. 'Arrested' being a show so highly focused on continuity, completely ignoring a major plot line from the original series will not go unnoticed. Confronted with this, Hale said “It will be more noticeable if there was no Buster at all”.
"We briefly joked about sending Buster into the Milford Academy, where he will be neither seen nor heard in the new episodes”, says Hurwitz. “But there can't be a show [with no] Buster”.
since it's announcement, the new 'Arrested' season has been surrounded by a cloud of secrecy. While certain bits from the new plots surfaced from time to time, this hand development was kept from the audience, probably trying to hide the real reason for it's existence. Hale's disagreement to play a one handed buster once again could have driven a “Hands off our Buster” type internet campaign, which may have caused delays in the shooting. “Netflix” definitely meddled in this one”, says Freeman. “Having all the episodes out at once made it a real tight schedule for them”.