Still Wrestling 'Fat Kid Thing,' John Goodman Returns to Stage
Actor will star opposite Nathan Lane in Godot
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2009 12:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – Unlike millions of Americans, John Goodman hated Dan Conner, the beleaguered husband he famously played on Roseanne. “It’s one of those arrogant things that happen to you when you don’t realize the breaks you’re catching,” Goodman tells the New York Times. But the portly actor has moved on, and is readying his first onstage part since 2005—starring opposite Nathan Lane in a Broadway revival of Waiting for Godot.

Despite his success, Goodman remains insecure, which pal Tom Arnold describes as “that fat kid thing.” The play opens April 30, but Goodman says he’s still trying to find his character’s voice. “I hope I never do find it, because I don’t want to slide into complacency. What would I do then? Start cockfights in my dressing room?”