Friday, May 31, 2013

Super Father's Day Gifts for Super Dads from TV Store Online

Believe it or not, Dad doesn't need another wallet. He has plenty of ties. And his golf equipment is spankin' new. So what do you get the man who has everything and wants nothing? Look no further than TV Store Online this Father's Day for a wide selection of gifts that show pops just how super he is.

Man of Steel soars into theaters June 14, just two days before Father's Day. So it makes perfect sense to load dad up on Superman swag and plan a date to the theater to watch the big-budget reboot together.

If your dad is the only Iron Man you know and love, surprise him with this distressed tee from the popular Marvel franchise.

Like Bruce Banner, dad is calm, cool, and collected most of the time. Rile him up, though, and he turns into a beast. Lovable still, but a beast nonetheless. Thus, stay out of his way when he's wearing this Incredible Hulk tee featuring the big green stomping machine.

Don't forget the single dads in your life; he needs a little love too. And he might just get it with this Superman-inspired tee with the slogan 'Ladies think I'm fly.' Indeed.

Marvel's The Avengers is one of the highest-grossing films of all time. And dad will look like a million bucks in this belt buckle featuring the group's logo.

Christian Bale, who? Chances are your dad grew up watching Adam West in the Batsuit, which makes this vintage-inspired Batman tee featuring the show's classic logo a nostalgic gift that'll bring back fond memories for the former fanboy.

Whether he's hopping out of the shower, lounging around the house, or going out to get the morning paper, dad will feel invincible in these super-soft superhero-themed robes featuring belts and pockets.

Looking for a Father's Day gift that'll help the father of your children turn up the sexy, ladies? Check out these super capes that will instantly transform him into your hero - in and out of the bedroom.

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, this Captain America tee is a prime pick to let dad get festive and fun as he celebrates our nation's independence.

If your pops was part of the X-Men, what power would he have? Let him ponder that prospect in this distressed tee featuring the league's famous logo.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Our Picks for Fall TV's Hits and Misses Based on Network Upfronts - Comedy Edition

When you're obsessed with TV like we are, network upfront presentations are like Christmas Day without all that pesky paper; it's that special time of year when we get to see what's in store for the fall season from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC (We're excluding the CW from this roundup because there are no new comedies on its fall schedule). Based on what we saw last week, many of the new comedies look promising, but you can bet there are more than a few stinkers in the mix. Can you spot them? We can, which is why we've chosen the best and worst sitcoms from each network's upfronts, along with a little commentary on why each will win or lose - according to us. Have a look, then let us know what you think will stand out or bow down come September.


Winner: "Back in the Game"

When we heard the fab Rebel Wilson was headlining "Super Fun Night" - a new ABC comedy on which CBS originally passed - we were stoked. We love that chick, which is no secret given that we dedicated an entire post to her funny-lady ways. We went into the upfronts expecting "Super Fun Night" to be our top pick for best fall comedy on ABC, but that's not the case. Rather, "Back in the Game" - about a single mom who moves home with her grumpy, estranged father and subsequently decides to coach a little league team of misfits - impressed us so much that we had to knock Rebel down a notch. The trailer for "Back in the Game" reveals lots of laughs from this prospect that we expect will complement "Modern Family" quite nicely.

Loser: "Trophy Wife

Marcia Gay Harden and Bradley Whitford are too uptight for a comedy, and the blond chick chosen to star doesn't have the chops to carry it on her own. Expect "Trophy Wife" to go back to the shelf in the first six weeks.


Winner: "The Millers"

Chuck Lorre - the man behind many of televisions highest-rated sitcoms, including "The Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men" - returns with a new show called "Mom" (starring Anna Faris), but we're going out on a limb to call the win for "The Millers," the post-"Up All Night" vehicle for Will Arnett. In this gig, Arnett plays a recent divorcee whose newfound freedom inadvertently inspires his parents to split up, which, ironically, may leave him up all night again.

Loser: "We Are Men"

The curse of Jerry O'Connell will strike again.


Winner: "Surviving Jack"

One name: Chris Meloni. If his stints on "Oz," "Law & Order: SVU," and "True Blood" - all highly rated and acclaimed shows in their own rights - are any indication, "Surviving Jack" will be the new comedy to watch on FOX this fall.

Loser: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

We forgive Andy Samberg for quitting SNL at the height of his popularity. Looking the other way on this disaster, however, will be much harder.


Winner: "The Michael J. Fox Show"

Michael J. Fox has never let us down in the past, and we don't expect he will this time either.

Loser: "Sean Saves the World"

Sean Hayes proved that his comedic timing was the stuff that successful sitcoms are made of on "Will & Grace," but sometimes a show is only as good as its writers. This one looks like it might have gotten the short end of the stick on the latter.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Actor/Writer Kevin Sussman talks about playing Stuart on THE BIG BANG THEORY

Actor and writer Kevin Sussman co-star of CBS's THE BIG BANG THEORY talks with TV STORE ONLINE about working on the show as well as his new project, DARK MINIONS.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Hey Kevin!  Thanks for allowing us some of your time today.

KEVIN SUSSMAN:  Not a problem.

TV STORE ONLINE:   Starting off.....Where did your initial interest in acting come from?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:  Well, I grew up with three older brothers who were all in plays in high school and they used to come home and talk about all of the crazy antics that they'd get into.   So that really sparked my interest because I really admired them and I wanted to emulate them.   By the time I became their age I went full throttle into drama and started doing high school plays.   Also, I started watching a lot of movies while I was in high school too.  I was watching the movies of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino...laughing...Which is funny because my career is as far on the opposite side of the spectrum from those guys as you can get...laughing    I was also totally obsessed with Woody Allen.  I can't even tell you how many times I've seen SLEEPER (1973).    You can see how much influence Woody Allen has had over both myself and my writing partner John Ross Bowie in our new show DARK MINIONS.

The cast of DARK MINIONS:  John Ross Bowie, Clancy Brown,
Richard Kind and Kevin Sussman

TV STORE ONLINE:   I wanted to ask you about DARK MINIONS (2013). How did that project come to fruition?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:   John Ross Bowie and I both have reoccurring characters on THE BIG BANG THEORY.  But, we've known each other for years.  I'm from New York, and so is he.   We both used to work on Wall Street for our day jobs.  So we became friends because we both had this common background.   DARK MINIONS really started one day when I sent John this sketch that I had written.  He liked it, and he sent it back to me but he had added the next scene to it.  
John Ross Bowie (L) and  Kevin Sussman (R)
creators of DARK MINIONS (2013)

We immediately realized that we both had this common interest in comic books, and Sci-Fi and we both had this previous experience in the corporate world.   Writing this was like the easiest thing that either of us has ever done.  It really just dropped out of us.   Sony optioned it, and they took it around to all the networks, but everyone passed.   They all said that it was too high concept, and maybe they were right.   There really isn't anything like the show on television.  We actually intended DARK MINIONS to be a live action show in the vein of RED DWARF (1988-93), but after it was turned down, John's agent suggested that we re-pitch it as an animated series.  So he took it to Amazon and they really connected with it.  In fact, it was Amazon's idea to do it as a stop motion animation project, and I was head over heels for that because one of my favorite films of all time is CORALINE (2009), and I have always loved Gumby too.

TV STORE:  Eddie Murphy or Gumby himself?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:  laughing...The stop motion Gumby...and Eddie Murphy too...laughing

TV STORE ONLINE:   There is a wonderful sense of humor to DARK MINIONS and then also just some of the stuff you write on Twitter is really funny as well.  Where do you think your sense of humor comes from?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:  Woody Allen is definitely a big influence on me, and on John Ross Bowie.   Also, all of the funny American sitcoms that I grew up watching had an influence on me.  

TV STORE ONLINE:  Do you have a Top Five favorite Woody Allen movies list?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:   That's a tough one....ANNIE HALL (1977).  ANNIE HALL...ANNIE HALL ...ANNIE HALL....That takes up spots one through three...laughing    Then SLEEPER of course, also TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN (1969).  Those two would be my favorites of the earlier and sillier Woody Allen.     Then the ones that I think are just crown jewels and American treasures would be ANNIE HALL again, then BROADWAY DANNY ROSE (1984) and MANHATTAN (1979) are tied for second.   Then for third and fourth would be BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (1994) and STARDUST MEMORIES (1980).    I'd have to include HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (1986) in there somewhere too.

TV STORE ONLINE:  People always overlook ALICE (1990).

KEVIN SUSSMAN:  Oh yeah, ALICE is great.   I'm glad you brought that up. No one ever talks about ALICE.  It has one of my very favorite Mia Farrow moments in it.  She goes to the Opium den, and she's clearly not a drug user, and she's really nervous and she's rambling on.  The guy packs her pipe and she's just rambling on nervously.   There's a certain point, where the Opium doesn't seem to be kicking in, and she says, "It doesn't seem to be working."    Then it hits her and  she orders him to move the pipe and she goes from a being a novice to a old pro in an instant...laughing   It's all Mia Farrow.  Her and Woody are the one of the greatest comedy teams to get into a vicious lawsuit...laughing

TV STORE ONLINE: Your Twitter account says that you're a "Actor, Musician and Criminal Overlord".   What crimes have you committed recently and what crimes will you commit in the future?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:   Oh, crimes of the mind.   I don't really have the balls to actually go through with the execution of a crime, but in my mind I'm a devious bastard...laughing

TV STORE ONLINE:  Could we talk about A.I.  ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (2001)?  I know you worked on that but wasn't your scene cut or something like that?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:    Yeah, I was in one scene and it was cut out.   I didn't get much time with Spielberg but just being there for the time that I was,  you could see exactly what a masterful technician Steven Spielberg is.   Some of the best directors I've ever worked with were the ones that didn't give a lot of direction to their actors.  If a director trusts his actors, then they'll be better, and that's the way that Spielberg is.  He really knows everything.  He knows lighting, he knows lenses and I think that if he wanted to be a Director of Photography himself he'd be an award winner.  He's just a master, the man can set up a shot.  I'm a huge Spielberg fan.  MUNICH (2005) is an incredible film. 

Kevin Sussman and America Ferrera on UGLY BETTY

TV STORE ONLINE:  As a huge fan of UGLY BETTY (2006-2010) why did you get written off the show when you did?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:  Well at the time I left, my character was a series regular, but I was no longer her boyfriend, so I think there just wasn't anything for my character to do.  So it just made sense to leave.  There were a lot of fans that appreciated my work on that show, but the most vocal section of that shows fan base just loathed 'Walter' because he had cheated on Betty.   To have cheated on 'Ugly Betty' was unforgivable in their eyes, so I think it was probably a very easy decision for ABC to give me the ax on that.  But I expected it.  It was a fun experience while it lasted.  

TV STORE ONLINE:   We're huge fans of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER (2001) and in particular our favorite scene in the movie is the one that features your character at the big talent show.  Could you talk about that scene?

Sussman in Wet Hot American Summer
KEVIN SUSSMAN:   Actually David Krumholtz was originally supposed to play my part, but at the last minute couldn't for whatever reason.  I was just a last minute replacement.  I wasn't even familiar with MTV'S THE STATE (1993-1995) or any of those amazing people who went on to become huge later.   The whole wind thing at the end....Actually here's an interesting thing about that.   There's another scene in the movie where I'm holding a chicken and pretending it is a laser gun.  Amy Poehler walks up to my character....I didn't know at the time, and nor did I think to ask about it, and it wasn't until after the movie was in the can, that I found out why I was holding a chicken in the scene.  I mean, I just used it as a laser gun because I didn't know why I was holding it.  Later on,  I found out that the reason why I was holding a chicken in the scene was because that the writer, Michael Showalter, had put it into the script to foreshadow the fact that the wind thing at the talent show was coming up later.  He did that because chickens are what you see on weather-vanes...laughing

TV STORE ONLINE:  So how did THE BIG BANG THEORY come to you?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:  I had originally auditioned for that show a couple of times.  The first time I auditioned for it I ended up not being available.   I was still under contract for UGLY BETTY even though I wasn't on the show any more, so I couldn't do it.   Then, I auditioned again for Chuck Lorre and he had wanted me to play 'Kripke' but I was doing a movie at the time or something.  Then of course, John Ross Bowie my friend and writing partner on DARK MINIONS was cast on the show as 'Kripke'.   I really lucked out, because the next role that came up on the show was for 'Stuart' and Chuck asked me if I wanted to do that. It's a lucky role because the comic store is the perfect place for the guys to go on the show.  My character is on the show even when he has nothing to do because he owns the store.   

TV STORE ONLINE:   So are you a comic book fan like Stuart on the show?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:   I actually used to work at a comic book store.    I worked for a long time in NYC at Jim Hanley's Universe while I was in acting school.   I wasn't a fan of comics when I started working there, but I became a fan afterward.  I became a really big fan of Frank Miller and Alan Moore.  When I worked there too, the guys who were always in the know pointed me to the good stuff like Love & Rockets.  Emerging as my favorite comic artists were people like Joe Matt who had this awesome graphic novel called Peepshow, and Daniel Clowes who had an awesome comic book called Eightball, that was probably my favorite book.   Then also, Chester Brown, his stuff I really liked.  I liked those semi-autobiographical books like that.

Kevin Sussman, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki on CBS series

TV STORE ONLINE:   So the fact that you've worked at a comic book store must really help you with Stuart right?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:  Yeah.  I can go through the motions.  I know how to work in a comic book store, in regards to the tasks that need to be done.  That serves me really well on the show, because I can just stand in the background and look busy and I know everything that needs to be done to operate a comic book store and I use it.

TV STORE ONLINE:  One thing I love about Stuart on the show is his wonderful sense of irony.   It's like he knows that the guys interests along with his own are really outside the norm.  How much of that comes from you?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:  Yeah.  So much of that is me.  But also, the writers on THE BIG BANG THEORY are amazing.  They really, even early on, delved into who I am as a person.   Everything they write gets closer and closer to me, and it's really in my wheel house.  That sort of stuff, that ironic dryness of Stuart and his objectivity about his low nerd status, and being broke, and trying to run a comic book store and how shitty of an existence it is, I can totally relate to that.   I mean, I didn't own the comic book store that I worked at, but I know the owners of it really felt the same way as Stuart does.  No one opens up a comic book store to make money.  Although it would be great, it's just really hard to do.  So the fact that I've had that experience in life gives me all the confidence in the world.   The sweet spot on the show is when I get to say something that I actually would've said when I was working in a comic book store.  

TV STORE ONLINE:  Do you guys ever do any improvisation in front of the live audience?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:  No, and we don't need to.  The writers are so good that if a joke doesn't land the writers will converge on the spot and in three minutes re-write it so it is funny.   It never fails.  Those guys are probably the best writers in the business in terms of on-the-spot writing.  

TV STORE ONLINE: What about during rehearsals?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:  No.  There are no loose lips in that way, and part of that is the nature of the medium.  It's not a single camera show like on THE OFFICE.   Everything is very tightly scored.  Its four cameras all going at once, so everyone has to watch their marks closely.  So there's no room for improvisation really.

TV STORE ONLINE:   Has Stuart gotten over 'Penny' yet?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:  No I don't think so.  Contextually if the question came up in an episode I would say No.  I think that underlining tension is what keeps Stuart who he is.     When Stuart first appeared on the show he had more self confidence, but when he got dumped by Penny it sort of rattled the fabric of his existence.   I don't think he's recovered from that yet.

Kunal Nayyar and Kevin Sussman

TV STORE ONLINE:   I was wondering if you yourself or any of the other cast members on the show have seen the adult film parody of THE BIG BANG THEORY that's out there?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:   Laughing.....Really?  There really is one?   

TV STORE ONLINE:  Yeah, just look it up on YouTube.   Stuart isn't in it though.   But he should be.

KEVIN SUSSMAN:  That's good.  I'm glad Stuart isn't in it.  I don't think I'd watch it if he was.  I'd be too worried to watch it and see the porn version of me doing a better job, and I'm not even talking about the sex...That just goes without saying...laughing

TV STORE ONLINE:  From a sociological standpoint, why do you think that the show has resonated so much with its audience?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:   You know I think that it makes people think their watching a sitcom that's smarter than other sitcoms.   The great thing about it is that you don't have to understand the jargon that Sheldon is rambling off to find it funny.   Really why the show is so successful is that the orchestration of the characters is just so damn good.  The show hits this sweet spot where the situations can be really absurd but yet the characters are so defined that you can really get into it.    The show can get a little surreal but you just go with it because the characters always stay true to themselves and they're all really likable.  Even Sheldon...laughing

TV STORE ONLINE:  If you yourself could write an episode of the show what types of situations would you put Stuart into?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:  I would love to see him in a relationship.  I'd like to see how he handles a relationship with a girl.

TV STORE ONLINE:   Will you be coming back for Season 7 of THE BIG BANG THEORY?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:  I hope so.  I've heard that the comic book set is still there, so that's a really good sign.  

TV STORE ONLINE:   Anything new in the works?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:   Just DARK MINIONS.  I'm trying to get people to click on that at Amazon.

TV STORE ONLINE:   DARK MINIONS will be something that comes to DVD eventually right?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:   Right, if it goes to series.  Right now its just a pilot on Amazon.  If it does well and it goes to series then I'm sure they'll put it out on DVD.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Last question....Could you leave us with your best joke?

KEVIN SUSSMAN:    Well I don't have good jokes.  I'm not a joke teller per say.  I guess I have one, it's not my best joke, and I'm sure that I have better jokes, but it's the one that just popped into my mind.  I didn't come up with this, but here it is:   So there are these two guys that are sitting on this porch.  The one guy says to the other, "Hey how's your Alzheimer's doing these days?"   The guy says, "Pretty good, I'm on this new medication."  So then the one guys says, "Oh Yeah? What's it called?"  So he responds, " Oh it's that one thing with the pedals, and the stem and its got thorns..."  The one guy asks, "A rose?"   Then the guy turns and yells out, "Hey Rose, what's the name of my new Alzheimer's medication?"    That's not my best.  That's not my gold, it's just the one I remember right now.

TV STORE ONLINE: Thanks for your time Kevin. It's been a real pleasure.

KEVIN SUSSMAN:   Thank you.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Actor Brian Tee talks about playing Noburo Mori in the new WOLVERINE that hits theaters on July 26th

TV STORE ONLINE:  Hey Brian, thanks for allowing us an opportunity to talk to you.

BRIAN TEE:   No problems.  Thanks for having me.

TV STORE ONLINE:  So I went back and watched WE WERE SOLDIERS (2002) again last night...

BRIAN TEE:  Thanks! That one is really close to my heart because it was my first big budget movie.   I was just so green and just so happy to be working on that.  That role was just so incredible.  In the sense of the story and the fact that I was playing an actual human being that actually experienced that.   It was so epic for me.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Did you put in any research into that 'Jimmy Nakayama' character that you played in WE WERE SOLDIERS?

BRIAN TEE:  Sure, yeah I read the book that the movie was based on We Were Soldiers Once… And Young and I read some other things on Vietnam.  After reading the book I got the opportunity to talk to Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore; the guy who wrote the book that the movie was based on and he was actually there fighting with Jimmy and that was really helpful.  

I decided that the best way to approach the character was just to treat him like a hero, because that was what he really was.   I didn't want to act like a hero, but I really just wanted to tell his story, because he was a genuine man that was fighting for a cause that he believed in but due to the circumstances that he was in, didn't quite make it.  

What the director Randall Wallace did for that character and how he approached him in the movie was so incredible.   Playing that character was one of the best things I've ever been involved with, and given the blitz speed that the movie moves in, and how his story is told in such a short amount of time, his passing was just heart-wrenching and I think it pulls weight because of just how epic the movie is.

Brian Tee and Barry Pepper WE WERE SOLDIERS (2002)

TV STORE ONLINE:  Why do you think that we as Americans are still so fascinated by the Vietnam War all of these years later?

BRIAN TEE:   I think because that time was such a time of turmoil.   I think it was completely different then something like World War II.  Everyone was ready to go to war when World War II came upon us, and I think that's the opposite of what happened with the Vietnam War.  

With the Vietnam War there was a constant struggle between the people. There were protests and debates asking why we were involved. Then others were saying that it was the right thing that we were involved.  It wasn't like World War II, where everyone across the board thought that it was the right thing to do.  So I think that's why people are so fascinated with it, and plus its so similar to what we're going through today too.  Should we be at war, or shouldn't we be?  I think people are intrigued by that aspect of it, and I think that people are trying to learn from our past mistakes too.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Growing up what types of movies did you like and how did they influence you or your decision to become an actor?

BRIAN TEE:   You know one of the first films that influenced me was  BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985).  If you remember in the movie there is this Twin Pines Mall in the movie, and that wasn't too far from where I grew up in Hacienda Heights, California.  So I can remember as a kid like at 7 or 8 years old going there and watching them shoot.  I can remember seeing the cameras, and the lights, and the C-stands and this huge production going on there, and I was just so fascinated by that as a kid.   I think seeing that must have had a conscious or unconscious effect on me.  I mean, growing up in an Asian family my parents wanted me to be either a doctor or a lawyer.  My brother became a doctor, and I just couldn't see myself being a lawyer so I went down a different path, and once I got into college I really got the bug and I started studying films like THE GODFATHER (1972) and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951).

But I think it really started for me, because of the fact that I grew up liking those fun '80s movies.   I loved movies like WEIRD SCIENCE (1985) and SAY ANYTHING (1989).  Then a movie I really loved was NORTH SHORE (1987).   Those movies were totally fun and had these universal themes and ideas in them, and the characters in these films I could totally relate to as I was growing up.  Same thing with STAR WARS (1977) too.

TV STORE ONLINE:  So tell us about what your doing with this web series MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY  (2011-2013)

BRIAN TEE:  Yeah, it was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had.  As a kid too, Mortal Kombat was something I grew up with.  The funny thing is, when I was offered the role of 'Liu Kang' I told them that I wasn't interested in playing him just because growing up I never played him in the video game because I just didn't think that much of him.  I always thought he was like a rip-off of Bruce Lee, and I had always like the darker characters like 'Scorpion' and 'Sub-Zero'.   My friend who is working on the series, he told me to read the script because the producers were taking a different approach to the characters.  

So I read the script and it completely blew my mind.  I mean they complete flipped Liu Kang on his head.  He's so dark but yet you understand why he is the way he is.  He's riding the line between both the Earth Realm and Outworld.  There's so much death in the story and the characterization is so incredible.  I knew once I read it that I had to be a part of it.   

TV STORE ONLINE:  When I was kid playing Mortal Kombat I would get accused of "sweeping the leg" too much by my friends. Did you ever get that same criticism?

BRIAN TEE:  Laughing....Yeah right.  Always... The faster you could sweep the leg the better you were.   That's funny.

Brian Tee and cast of MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY

TV STORE ONLINE:  Then how did you find Liu Kang's darkness for the character within yourself?  

BRIAN TEE:  Well, after I read the script and had some discussions with the director, we decided to really strip down his image and start from the ground up.  We wanted to start with his back story so people could see where he came from and why he's become what he is now.  

When you watch the series and see what he went through that caused him to turn into what he is now, it's no different then something that happens in our own personal lives where something tragic happens, and how that can really change someone or how they think.  Any and all reasoning can go out the window when someone has to endure a tragedy. That's what happened to Liu.  So that's how I approached it.  I just tried to connect with those ideas.  I just tried to make him really human and real.  I truly want people to relate to Liu.   I want audiences to say "He's a real guy. He's relatable, and while I don't approve of what he's doing, I understand why he's that way."

Brian Tee as Liu Kang in
TV STORE ONLINE:   Not to exceed the stereotype, but do you or any of the other guys working on the series look to Bruce Lee for inspiration or influence?

BRIAN TEE:  Well to be honest...Whether they admit it or not, everyone takes inspiration from Bruce Lee.  Especially Asian Americans.   He was the first to go the farthest.  He's almost like The Godfather to some of us in the regard that he paved the way so that people would really take a look at Asians in cinema.  Of course, in MORTAL KOMBAT because it's a martial arts franchise he's obviously been an influence.   But I think of him as an actor, as an artist, and as an icon too.  I think all of us try to take the path that he took as an artist.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Then have you ever taken any inspiration from 'Bruce Leroy' from Berry Gordy's THE LAST DRAGON (1985)?

BRIAN TEE:  laughing...Sometimes... Sometimes I do...laughing    

TV STORE ONLINE:  You probably wanted to have "The Glow" as a kid just like me, didn't you?

BRIAN TEE:  Totally....Totally....laughing   To be honest, I love that movie.  It was one of those rich character driven movies.  They didn't take it too seriously, but they did at the same time.   I remember the first time I saw that, I was so into it.   It was cool because it broke the stereotype for culture, right?   I mean Bruce Lee tried to do that in his movies too.  He cast people like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Chuck Norris in his movies.  He tried to make everything universal.   That's what was great for Asian Americans because it was like, finally, all the kids get to play in the same sandbox together. 

Brian Tee as Noburo Mori in
TV STORE ONLINE:   So, the big news....I hear you're going to be in the new WOLVERINE (2013) that hits theaters nationwide on July 26th?

BRIAN TEE:  Yeah WOLVERINE, that small little movie...laughing     This is one of those dream come true things for me.  I mean I grew up a comic book kid and The X-Men was my favorite team, and Wolverine was my guy.  I used to dress up as Wolverine as a kid for Halloween.  I'd make my own cardboard cut-out wrapped in tin foil Adamantium claws even.   

The journey to get this particular part was an interesting one.   They had been casting WOLVERINE pretty much for like two years.   It would start and then stop.  I'd get called in for a completely different character then who I'm playing in the film now.  Then at like the 11th hour, they called and offered me 'Noburo Mori' and it had to be the stars aligning.

TV STORE ONLINE:  And people are saying that this is going to be the movie that takes your career to the next level, what do you think?

BRIAN TEE:   Yeah, I hope so.  I don't know, everyone always talks about "the next level" or whatever.  Not just for me, but I think for every actor, there is this assumed thing that once a big movie hits for an actor it's like they get "discovered" and in the back of our minds we're thinking about the fact that we've been slugging it out for like fifteen years. 

But yeah, I hope that because of the size of movie that WOLVERINE is, it does propel me to "the next level", but for me just the fact that I get to be in WOLVERINE and I get to work as an actor for my career makes me feel just so blessed.   And if WOLVERINE doesn't "propel" me I'm not going to be upset or hurt about it, because I'll just continue on doing what I love and working  at my craft.  

TV STORE ONLINE:  What was your experience working with the director of WOLVERINE James Mangold?

BRIAN TEE:   Jim is awesome.  He's one the coolest guys I've ever come across.   With that being said, he knows exactly what he wants when he's working.   He takes character development into a whole new light, and I think everyone that works with him is happy to be there.

TV STORE ONLINE:  So what do you think that you brought to this character 'Noburo Mori' in the new WOLVERINE movie that wasn't on the written page of the script?

BRIAN TEE:   All I can say is that there is a reason why 'Noburo Mori' is the way he is.    His reasons, you may not agree with, but those reasons are coming from a place that he's definitely connected to.  But I think that what I brought to the character is a understanding quality and a life to him that I hope plays in the movie.  You can either love him or hate him, but he's a guy that you'll at least understand where he's coming from.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Now the trailer is out there for the new WOLVERINE film.  In the trailer we see this really bad ass sword fight at a temple, and we see this really cool fight on the top of  a train...It looks really awesome!   What can fans expect with the new film?  Will there be more character development?  Will it be better than the ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (2009) movie?

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BRIAN TEE:  Bigger, badder and better. Absolutely.  I think you hit the nail right on the head. There's going to be so much more depth and character development.  I feel like fans are really gonna connect with Logan like we've never seen before. He's very vulnerable both physically and emotionally in the new movie.  The stunts will be bigger and better.  It's going to be visually amazing.  The set pieces, are bar none the biggest that I've ever seen.  I mean, if you're going to compare it to the other X-MEN movies, it's gonna be like nothing you've ever seen. It goes way beyond the other movies.

TV STORE ONLINE:  One more question... Do you think you'll get a Brian Tee / Noburo Mori WOLVERINE movie action figure and how will it effect your ego?

BRIAN TEE:   laughing...That would be amazing!   I don't know but that would be awesome.  How would it effect my ego?  I'd probably go out and buy like a hundred of them, and I'd probably set them up all around the house in different poses...laughing  

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

TV Moms We Secretly Wished Were Ours – Because of These Moments

You would never admit this to your own mother, but at some point growing up you wished you could trade her in for your favorite TV Mom.

Maybe not for good, but at least a trial period while yours got over whatever it was that caused her to say those famous last words: “Just wait till your father gets home.” That was never a good day at your house, and if you were a TV buff it led to endless daydreaming about being part of your favorite sitcom family – because even on bad days, they still seemed to have it pretty good.

As Mother’s Day approaches, we’re honoring some of the TV moms that made us laugh, made us cry, made us cringe, and, most importantly, made us envious by way of these classic moments preserved in pop-culture history. Some you’ll remember like you watched them for the first time yesterday, others you may have forgotten about, but all of them will bring back fond memories of the fake family you wished you were part of – even when they started to resemble yours more and more. (That’s the whole point, isn’t it?)

Take a look, and afterward let us know who/what your favorite TV mom/moment is in the comments below.

Roseanne Connor

Having the birth control conversation with mom is never an easy one. Roseanne Connor probably didn’t take it any better than yours. Until she weighed the pros and cons, of course.

Clair Huxtable

Did you ever sneak away to have "biiiig fun" – in Balt-i-more!? – without your parents knowing? If your answer is no, then you probably saw Clair Huxtable react to Vanessa’s indiscretion, ultimately deciding it’s not a smart move for kids who want to live.

Kitty Forman

Kitty Forman’s mood swings were familiar territory for many of us. Through trial and many errors, we learned to let our own moms apologize to us (it happens every now and then) without saying a word.

Claire Dunphy

Patience is definitely a virtue that Claire Dunphy has mastered. Try this around your mom and you’d be eating that cereal through a straw.

June Cleaver

Go ahead and lie to your mother about a dog biting you at a friend’s house. You’ll definitely need God then. And not in the way June Cleaver suggests.

Jill Taylor

Roseanne dealt with birth control while Jill Taylor had to handle the other end of the spectrum. You remember that look, don’t you, boys?

Debra Barone

Debra Barone took her lumps in stride, but she knew how to get down to brass tax. If this was your mom you’d be embarrassed by this get-up, but we can agree that it’s better than the curlers and robe she used to drop you off at school in, right?

Marge Simpson

If your mom knew how to get down like Marge Simpson maybe you would have been more eager to hit the dance floor with her at your cousin’s wedding.

Carol Brady

If only your mom had delivered this sage advice from Carol Brady before you sent your brother to the emergency room.

Sophia Petrillo

Sophia Petrillo had a knack for solving the girls’ problems with wisdom and sass. Moms definitely get better with age.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Chunk From The Goonies Speaks! Actor now Attorney Jeff Cohen talks about creating a now iconic movie moment with the Truffle Shuffle.

There probably aren't any attorneys that can wake up every day and claim that they've created an iconic movie moment.  But Los Angeles based entertainment attorney Jeff Cohen can do exactly that.

While Cohen or his L.A. based law practice Cohen Gardner LLP may not be familiar names to readers here at the TV Store Online blog, his childhood likeness certainly will be.  As Cohen now all grown up, was once a child actor, and you may know him better as 'Chunk' from the 1985 movie, THE GOONIES.

Produced by Steven Spielberg, written by Chris Columbus and directed by Richard Donner, THE GOONIES has come to be considered a movie classic over the last fifteen years.   With it's Saturday matinee serial like adventure, unforgettable kid-next-door like characters and humor and wit that treads the fine line of being for adults rather than for kids, THE GOONIES has en-grained itself into the American pop cultural zeitgeist, and Cohen is just as much responsible for that as the films creators.   

Some of the most wonderful and human moments in THE GOONIES comes from Cohen himself and actor John Matuszak.   Matuszak as 'Sloth' connects with Cohen's somewhat eccentric and aloof 'Chunk' and the two become fast friends and develop a rich understanding of one another.   At the core of THE GOONIES this is the essence of the film itself.   It's about childhood friendship and living in the moment.   In addition, fans of THE GOONIES have declared it's most memorable scene to be another that features Cohen.   The scene features Cohen as 'Chunk' being forced by his friends to do a dance called "The Truffle Shuffle".   The scene has become such an iconic movie moment that today thousands of t-shirts are sold every year of Cohen's childhood image from the movie, a band has named themselves after the character and we've seen the Fox television series Family Guy pay homage to it.  

The cast of THE GOONIES:  20 Years Later

Leaving acting behind in the early '90s as a teen, Cohen became interested in football and after graduating from high school enrolled at UC Berkeley with an added interest in business, politics and law.   After graduating first from UC Berkeley, then moving onto law school at UCLA, Cohen would develop a specific interest in entertainment law.   He would graduate law school in 2000, and alongside a colleague, the two would start their own entertainment law firm in Los Angeles in 2002.

Talking to Cohen today is any kid who grew up in the '80s dream.   He's extremely well spoken, witty, and you get the sense just from chatting with him that he's not just a former child actor turned legal badass / attorney in Los Angeles but that he still genuinely loves movies.   He knows comedy too.  Which is clearly obvious when one examines his performance in THE GOONIES.  He can tell you what director directed this or that movie, or who wrote whatever movie that's currently the point of discussion with him. And unlike so many former child actors, you never get the sense that in speaking with Jeff Cohen that he's ever allowed his former celebrity to define him in any way.

In fact, he doesn't seem to take anything related to his former childhood actor self very seriously either.   He'll tell you at the start that being an actor was a lot of fun, but that today he's truly doing what he loves the most, being an attorney.   Below is a conversation with Jeff Cohen about THE GOONIES from last week:

TV STORE:  One of the coolest things you worked on as a kid too besides THE GOONIES was your appearances on the Steven Spielberg produced NBC television series, AMAZING STORIES (1985-86)...

COHEN:  Yeah, Amazing Stories was really cool.  I did two episodes of that.  I remember one of the episodes was called 'Remote Control Man'.  The guy who played my dad was Sydney Lassick and he was in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975) and my mom was played by Nancy Parsons from PORKY'S (1982)...The dad in that episode used this remote control to change people and he changed me into Gary Coleman, so it was a really weird almost psychedelic experience, but great none the less.

TV STORE:  And it was directed by the great Bob Clark.

COHEN:  That's right. Bob was such a nice guy and a brilliant director.  My god, he directed A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983), what a great movie.  What happened to him was so tragic.

NOTE: Bob Clark passed away tragically in a car accident on April 4, 2007 in Pacific Palisades, California.

TV STORE:  One of the most interesting aspects to the movie THE GOONIES is how the film is structured.  I mean Sean Astin has the film's lead role of 'Mikey' and the story is centered around his idea to go looking for this treasure with the gang, but yet 'Chunk' too is also very much the lead character as the movie shifts between both of their stories...

COHEN:  Look, the more appropriate title for the movie would've been...CHUNK and THE GOONIES....laughing.   Let's be honest...laughing   Or maybe just lose THE GOONIES all together and just call it CHUNK...laughing.   I agree with you and in fact I pitched it that way to both Dick Donner and Spielberg at the time but they didn't listen, so whatever, they're the smart guys...laughing

TV STORE: That's funny.  Fans that may have listened to your commentary on the Warner Bros. DVD of THE GOONIES can easily pick up on your fun sense of humor, where do you think that comes from?

COHEN:  Well, when I was a kid I grew up watching The Little Rascals, The Three Stooges and the old Jerry Lewis movies.  I would watch Channel 5 out here in Los Angeles and they had this thing called the Family Film Festival and they'd play all of these really old and cool movies on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.   And I'd watch 'Spanky' from The Little Rascals and say, "That's what I wanna do."   So a lot of what I did was basically just like an imitation of that.  I loved that broad physical comedy.  I wanted to be 'Spanky'.  To me The Little Rascals was just genius.  

TV STORE:  Do you think that you consciously knew at the time while you were working on THE GOONIES that you were trying to do that?

COHEN:  No, I think it was something where I was taking elements from all the different types of broad comedy I was watching.  I was watching Jerry Lewis, Abbott & Costello, The Three Stooges and The Little Rascals and I think I was just taking  in all of these different little jokes from that stuff and filing them away.

TV STORE: How old were you when you shot THE GOONIES?

COHEN:   I was ten.

TV STORE:  Wow, So I know this question has become a bit of a cliché but I'd be remiss if I didn't ask you to speculate on how you "found" Chunk inside of yourself?

COHEN:  Well basically...Chunk is just always freaked out.  He's freaked out like 80% of the time in the movie.  I mean, he endures a car chase, his hand is almost put into a blender, he's locked up with a monster...So it becomes a question of how do you get freaked out but in a comedic way?  You see that in the Abbott & Costello movies, like ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948).  It's like how do you lose your mind but still be funny.  So I think it's just 80% of Chunk being freaked out and enduring child abuse....laughing

Jeff Cohen & Michael Jackson on the set of THE GOONIES

TV STORE:  Did you have to audition for the role of 'Chunk'?

COHEN:   I did.  I grew up as a kid in the San Fernando Valley and I had an agent and I had been doing some television shows, and commercials and stuff like that.   My agent asked me to go in and audition for THE GOONIES and originally I went in and auditioned for 'Mouth' because I had a big mouth and I still do.   The casting director said, "Well, you talk like a Mouth but you look like a Chunk."  So they sent me home with some lines for Chunk and I went home and practiced them and went back the next day and I got it.

TV STORE:  But as a kid, how did you first get into the business?

COHEN:  Well, there was a particular game show on back then called Child's Play.  It was basically this game show where they'd bring on 6 or 7 year old kids and they'd have to describe an actual word to an adult without actually saying the word and the adult would have to guess it.  So my mom sent in my picture to them and I got called in and after that I got an agent and went out on the rounds and did a bunch of the '80s sitcoms like Family Ties, Webster, The Facts Of Life and then I eventually got THE GOONIES.

TV STORE:  You stopped acting at a certain point in your life, how did you handle that transition?  What was that process like for you?  In researching you, it doesn't seem like you let the fact that you stopped working or your past work as an actor become who you are.  It doesn't define you whatsoever.

COHEN:  Well, first off thanks so much for saying that.  I really appreciate that.   Look, acting is the best gig of all time.  They feed you, people are nice, you get to travel, it's great.   I don't think that anyone ever gives up acting intentionally.   It's just too fun.  For me,  I hit puberty and my face changed in a matter of a year and I went from this chunky kid to just looking like a normal 13 year old teenager.   I wanted to work but I just couldn't get jobs anymore and I  really felt lost.   I always wanted to be an actor, but I couldn't get a job, so I didn't know what to do.  Acting... Part of it is based on your looks and if you look different then that can sometimes hurt your career.

I got so lucky though. Like thank-my-stars lucky because when my career fizzled out the director of THE GOONIES Richard Donner took me under his wing.  Dick Donner let me work for him, and I started working in his offices at Warner Brothers as a production assistant when I was in high school.  And he showed me a totally different side of show business, and I just fell in love with a different aspect of the industry.

TV STORE:  So is that were you developed an interest in becoming a lawyer?

COHEN:   I wasn't sure what I wanted to do until I went off to college, but I always knew that I wanted to do something in show business.  So I went off to U.C. Berkeley and tried a bunch of different things.  I ran for student president and I was a "Mic Man."   But I didn't really know what I wanted to do when I graduated.  So I decided to become an entertainment lawyer and I went off to law school at UCLA.  I was interested in becoming a lawyer because a lot of the people that I admired in the industry, producers, agents, managers and executives, even though their not lawyers a lot of them actually have law degrees.  So I was always kind of interested in that, and also I've always been interested in politics and a lot of politicians have backgrounds in law as well.  

When I graduated from law school in 2000, Dick Donner helped me get my first job in entertainment law over at Universal Studios and I really learned the business there, and in 2002 a colleague and myself started our own entertainment law firm and we've been at it for 11 years now and I love it.

TV STORE:  So do you ever miss acting?

COHEN:  Sure. Of course.  I loved acting. It was a blast.  Acting is a great method for artistic expression.  Now with that being said, once you're on the business side of it the notion of going back over to that side is a little unpalatable. Being an entertainment lawyer is the best of both worlds.  I don't have to audition and I still get to go to the parties...laughing

Truffle Shuffle Shirt
TV STORE:  So if you don't mind I'd love to ask you about the "Truffle Shuffle."  Is that OK?

COHEN:  Sure.

TV STORE:  I'm sure you get asked about it constantly.

COHEN:  Listen, it's the cost of being an cultural icon...laughing  I get it.

TV STORE:  Right, but in all seriousness, what's it like for you to have done something like that all those years ago and have it now become so en-grained in popular culture.

COHEN:  You know what's funny?  There's a band out there called Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!   Look them up on Facebook.  I love it, and I think 10 year old Jeff Cohen would get a kick out of the fact that people are walking around with t-shirts on that have his face on them.  It's funny...When I was in high school people would ask me to do the "Truffle Shuffle" and I would never do it.

Then when I went off to college and became a "Mic Man" at football games when I'd get up in the student section to lead the cheers I'd get the drunkest frat guys yelling out, "Truffle Shuffle, Truffle Shuffle."   I mean the section of the stadium where I was at had like 10,000 kids in it, and it started to filter out among the crowd where everyone started chanting it, and even the band starting banging the drum to the chanting.    So I knew at that point, that even though I hadn't done the "Truffle Shuffle" in something like 8 years that if I didn't do it I might get beat up.    So I raised my hands up over the crowd and everyone got quiet and then I did it and they went nuts, and after that it became a tradition at the games and they'd have me do it in the fourth quarter of every game....laughing  

TV STORE:   So you were forced into doing it?

COHEN:  Well, Peter Ustinov said and I really believe this: "We should take our duties and not ourselves seriously."   I don't take myself very seriously, but I take my obligations as a professional and lawyer very seriously.   The fact that Chunk is still a cool thing and the fact that people are walking around with Chunk t-shirts is a really cool thing. I think it's really great and it's hilarious.

TV STORE:  Then back when you were shooting the film at the time, the "Truffle Shuffle" wasn't something you really wanted to do was it?

COHEN: The reason I really didn't want to do it was because I had the Chickenpox at the time.   And for whatever reason I thought that if they saw that I had the Chickenpox even though I was in the later stages of them, I was worried that I'd get fired.  So I was trying to hide that.  What's funny about it now is that if you own a "Truffle Shuffle" shirt, you can look at my belly and you'll be able to see all the Chickenpox.   I mean, it was embarrassing but oh well, it was all in good fun.  It was the cost of being a clown, right?

TV STORE:  And it was something that was in the script right?

COHEN:  Oh yeah. Oh yeah.

TV STORE:  One of the things that we get a kick out of in THE GOONIES is how they've dressed Chunk.  It's like they made him Jerry's Uncle Leo on Seinfeld?

COHEN: That's funny....laughing My thought on it is that if you look at every '80s movie ever made you'll always see a fat guy and he's either wearing a Hawaiian shirt or plaid pants. That's just in case you didn't get that he was supposed to be "the fat guy." So with Chunk they gave me both. He was the first character to do both in movie history. Chunk really turned it to "11" as they said in THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984).

Cohen as Chunk with Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner and Jonathan Ke Quan

TV STORE:  Tell me about your experiences working with the great Anne Ramsey from THE GOONIES?

COHEN:  Anne and her husband, Logan Ramsey, who was also a great actor lived in the Valley by me when I was a kid. So my family used to spent holidays with them, so they were really like grand-parents to me.  Anne and Logan where the best. They had the best old acting stories about working on and off Broadway, and Logan worked on Star Trek in the '60s and he'd tell me stories about working on that show.  Anne was just the sweetest person too.  I loved them and I miss them still today.  The fact that Anne was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN (1987) was great, and it was a nice highlight to her career before she passed away and I think that meant quite a bit to her.

TV STORE:  What about John Matuszak who played 'Sloth'.   What was the working relationship like between the two of you?

COHEN:  Matuszak was huge, man.  It's funny, I think when John Matuszak went into the NFL, he was the first overall pick the year he was drafted.   And I think he was the biggest player in the NFL when he was playing too.  He was like 6 foot 9 inches tall.  I've watched old Raiders footage of him as a defensive lineman and he was an absolute monster.  John was great. He was really patent, really talented, and he was like a gentle giant around us kids.

Back when we made THE GOONIES there was no CGI so he'd have to come in to work at like 4 in the morning to have 5 hours of make-up before we even started filming.  Sloth's ear was operated via remote control, and his lower eye was operated by remote control. So for Sloth to blink on camera they'd count it off...1-2-3...blink.  It was crazy.  He had some crazy discipline.  He was just a really really nice guy, that was great to work with and he died too young.

Jeff Cohen and actor John Matuszak in THE GOONIES

TV STORE:  What about that incredible pirate ship set at the end of the movie, what was it like to be on that set?

COHEN:  It was amazing.  That set was incredible.  That was done on the biggest sound stage at Warner Brothers.  They actually dug out the cement inside of the sound stage so they could put in that lake, and I was the shortest kid so  for safety reasons they only made it a certain depth. Which was basically up to my neck.  The only place it was deeper was right under the plank on the ship because that's where the stunt man was going to jump in as it's in the movie.  And the set was built all the way out.  It wasn't like you see it and then you go around the back and it's empty. It was a full 360 degree set, meaning that the entire set literally went out to each of the walls of the sound stage.  It was beautiful.

TV STORE:  I don't understand how you were scarred from the making of this movie emotionally.  I mean, it's supposed to be a kids movie, and there's a ton of comedy in it, but yet for a kids movie it's very violent. I mean, Chunk gets his hand shoved in a blender, he has a gun put to his head, Chunk is throw in the back of a vehicle with a dead body...

COHEN:  Right...laughing   Well, it's a really funny movie.  There's a ton of cursing in it too...laughing  It's certainly not current Disney channel fare for sure, but I think that the reason why THE GOONIES still works and the reason that parents are still watching it with their kids all of these years later is because Dick Donner wanted us to behave like kids.  Kids curse and they talk over each other and they push each other.  He wanted it to be as natural as seven kid actors could be, and I think that it holds up because of that.  I'm really happy about that.  I get emails all the time or Facebook messages from people all of the time telling me how much they love the movie or that they just watched it with their kids and they liked it and I really think that's great.

TV STORE: Whatever happened with the rumored GOONIES sequel?

COHEN:  You know I'm not totally sure. I know there has been rumors.  I mean, there was never a CASABLANCA (1942) part 2 or a CITIZEN KANE (1941) part 2.  I'm totally happy with how THE GOONIES exists now.

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TV STORE:  But if the opportunity arose for you would you take the part?

COHEN:  Well, I'm not an actor anymore.  What I actually thinks makes more sense in regards to a sequel would be a video game.  GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) did that, and it worked.  You could actually have the same characters, you could get people to do voice match for the kids.  For me I think it would work better as an emursive video game than an actual film.  I mean it was a long time ago.  THE GOONIES was made in 1985. It was almost 30 years ago now.  Look at the other sequels that have been made over the years where they waited too long to release it.  Look at like WALL STREEET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS (2010) or the sequel to CHINATOWN (1974), THE TWO JAKES (1990).  They waited too long to do those and those movies suffered from that.

TV STORE:  Do you have a favorite Chunk scene in THE GOONIES?

COHEN:  Probably the blender scene.  That turned out really great and I had been really worried about that because I was supposed to cry in it.

TV STORE:  That's a great scene.  How difficult was it as a kid to cry on camera.

COHEN:  Yeah, actually in order to cry I had to think about my mom dying...laughing   Also, Robert Davi was sitting there and even though he denies doing it...He was pulling the hairs out of the back of my neck.  He totally did it.  It hurt so bad, and it made me cry.  But it worked.  At the time I was really mad about it, but looking back he gave me a great assist.  I am entirely indebted to Robert Davi for pulling the hair out of the back of my neck, but it totally worked.  Those are real tears...laughing

TV STORE:  Looking back all of these years later do you have a fondest memory from working on the movie?

COHEN:  Well, it's hard to pick just one instance.  So I'll tell you this.  I was a kid that came from a broken home in the San Fernando Valley, and by getting the opportunity to work with Richard Donner and eventually to become friends with him opened up a whole new world to me.  And I'm not just taking about THE GOONIES. I mean, Dick was a mentor to me, and the fact that I got to be friends with him after THE GOONIES, that was the best thing I got out of making the movie, because he changed my life forever.

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