Wednesday, August 28, 2013

DESIGN A JASON VOORHEES HOCKEY MASK FUND-RAISER FEATURES SYFY CHANNEL FACE OFF AND FRIDAY THE 13TH ALUMNI


Detroit Aug. 28th -  Michigan based pop culture, film, and television t-shirt and costume website TV Store Online.com has teamed up with former and current contestants from the Syfy Channel's hit television series Face Off as well as actors from the Friday The 13th film franchise for a horrific Jason Voorhees inspired charity fundraiser.

TV Store Online's "Design A Jason Voorhees Hockey Mask" contest will see the former and current Face Off contestants competing with one another as well as against other hand-picked horror movie special effects and make-up artists to see who can transform the now iconic horror movie hockey mask into a unique piece of truly horrific monster art.   All finished Jason mask creations will be voted on by TV Store Online.com readers via their Facebook page, a "Best In Show" awarded, then the Jason masks will all be auctioned off on Ebay in October at Halloween with 100% of proceeds going to Toys For Tots to help children in need during the upcoming holiday season.

"We have some incredible and unbelievably talented make-up artists contributing," says Fred Hajjar CEO of TV Store Online.   "We have contestants from the last few seasons and current season of Face Off involved as well actors from the F13 film franchise taking part to raise money for Toys For Tots.  This is an important thing for us to do," urges Hajjar.    "We have Derek Garcia, Roy Wooley, RJ Haddy and Beki Ingram as well as others involved from the Syfy channel show.  Steve Dash as well - Who played Jason in Friday The 13th Part 2.  David Katims from F13 Part 3-D as well. Plus we have Mr. Evil Dead himself Tom Sullivan on board to create a Jason mask too. We should be able to raise a lot of money for Toys For Tots".  

Artists participating in the Jason mask charity fund-raiser are sent blank Jason hockey masks by TV Store Online.com and asked to produce a custom painted version of the mask but they are also free to re-design, sculpt over, mold or alter the original Voorhees hockey mask any way they desire to produce a very unique piece of monsterabilia to raise funds for children in need this coming October.

Other artists involved in the TV Store Online contest and charity fund-raiser include:  Midwestern horror artist Lydia Burris as well as HorrorHound Magazine artists Nate Milliner and Joel Robinson amongst others.   

Just twenty artists have been selected to create these special one-of-a-kind Jason Voorhees hockey masks to raise money for Toys For Tots so please visit TVStoreOnline.com for more details or visit their Facebook page to follow the fund-raiser over the next thirty days and be sure to vote for your favorite and bid on an incredible piece of Jason Voorhees art.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Chuck from Friday The 13th Part 3-D: Actor David Katims talks with TV STORE ONLINE



"Chuck" from Friday The 13th Part 3-D talks with TV STORE ONLINE about working on the fan favorite of the F13 franchise as well as his work as a stand-up comic.

TV STORE ONLINE:  One of the things that many F13 fans might not be aware of is the fact that you've had this long term interest in stand-up comedy...

KATIMS:  Yes, I've done stand-up for 11 years now.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Did you have an interest in stand-up come before or after you appeared in FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3-D [1982]?

KATIMS:  That's actually one of the regrets of my life because when I was living in Los Angeles and pursuing acting I did not pursue stand-up comedy.  I really wish I had.  At the time I thought that I could perform but I didn't think that I could write myself enough material.  I live up in Seattle today and I've been doing occasional stand-up here and there.  I've had some fun gigs and I've even performed at the Improv in Los Angeles.  

TV STORE ONLINE:  Even though you didn't pursue it until later on...I'm sure those comic sensibilities have always been with you...

KATIMS:  Well....As a kid I was the class clown.  I have older brothers and sisters so I was always trying to be funny so I could get their attention.

TV STORE ONLINE:  So were there any comedy films that you saw when you were younger that perhaps influenced your decision to become an actor or comic?

KATIMS:
  Well, I don't know if one film comes to mind.  But I loved watching The Three Stooges, Laurel & Hardy and Jerry Lewis for sure.  That zany kind of comedy is wonderful. Also, I liked Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart and Woody Allen.  Then Saturday Night Live [1975-Current] too because I absolutely love sketch comedy.   I think I've seen every single episode of Saturday Night Live ever made.

TV STORE ONLINE: 
How did FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3-D come to you?

KATIMS:  Well I got into the acting game kind of late.  At the time I was getting a degree in psychology at UCLA.  I was almost done but I needed a couple electives to graduate and one of the classes I took was an acting class because I thought it would be an easy A.   The first time I had to get up in front of the class I was terrified.    I had been confident as a kid but when I had to get up in front of these kids that had probably been acting since high school...You either run away from a situation like that or you face it as a challenge.   I decided after school that I would give myself 2 years to get a paying gig as an actor and it was about six months later that I got this reoccurring role as this sort of mental patient on the soap opera General Hospital [1963-Current].

How FRIDAY THE 13TH happened was that I had a friend of mine who had went in to audition for F13.  He had a reoccurring role on a big television series then.  When he went in for F13, the producers wouldn't tell him if the film was going to be a union or non-union film.    Because my friend was on this big television series he couldn't do a non-union film so when the producers asked him if he knew anyone that would like to audition he suggested that I go in to audition for the producers and that's how I got the part.

TV STORE ONLINE:    Can you take me through the audition...

KATIMS:   I went in and read and then I got asked to come and read with different girls several times and they hadn't even told me if I had gotten the role or not at that point.  They decided pretty early on that they wanted a male and female kind of Cheech and Chong, and one thing that I could do was dialects.   So I did that sort of Tommy Chong kind of accent that he does in that character and they liked it.   The producers had called me back at least five times before I got cast.  I read with so many girls.  There was this Hispanic actress that I read with that was really good and I thought for sure that they were going to cast her, then Rachel Howard the actress who played "Chili" in the film called me up and asked if I wanted to meet with her because she had been cast in the film.   I had never read with her in all of the times that the producers had asked me to come back  for them...laughing

TV STORE ONLINE:  So going back to General Hospital...What was that whole experience like for you?  It seems like working on a daily soap would be very rigorous.

KATIMS:  I was on it when the big story line was about "Luke and Laura".   It's kinda funny how I got the part.  When I was a kid my mother had a cooking show on television and one of the things she taught me growing up was how to make a pie from scratch.     I had met what I thought was an actress on General Hospital but she turned out to be a writer on the show.  We were talking about sweets and I asked her if she wanted a pie that was the closest thing possible to the human orgasm. She said, "Yes".  I told her that I'd like to met her casting director on the show and she agreed.   I just had a very small part on the show but I was always called back when they needed a foil to interrupt the mental ward on the show.   It's one of the hardest things you'll have to ever do. It's difficult because of all of the dialogue memorization an actor has to do.  The story line doesn't change much from day-to-day.

TV STORE ONLINE:  As for FRIDAY THE 13TH...Are the actors allowed to do an improvisation with their dialogue...There's some fun banter with yourself and Rachel Howard as Chili....

KATIMS:  I had hoped to do some on the film...You could change a line here or there is all.  Again, originally they had wanted this sort of Cheech & Chong thing and that's what I had done with "Chuck" up until we started shooting.  When we started shooting the director Steve Miner told me that he no longer wanted me to do that sort of Tommy Chong accent that I had done in the auditions.   I was kinda of disappointed with that because the way I had envisioned the character was that it would be really funny if he kept evading his own death because he was always stoned.   Chuck is in most of the film and I thought it would really funny to add in physical comedy.  He was always stoned so I thought it would be funny if he evades his death by tripping and falling down as an ax was flying toward his head or something like that.   I had ideas for the character but they just didn't take me up on them...laughing

TV STORE ONLINE:  Do you remember what the first scene that you shot was for FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3-D was?

KATIMS:  I do.   It was the scene where Chuck and Chilli and the others are sitting in the back of the van smoking pot and the van looks like it's on fire.  That was the first scene that I did.  I had never worked on a major film before, so what I liked the most about the whole experience was that they had a great caterer on the shoot.   I mean we would have stuff like prime rib and lobster at lunch time.  We had that on my first day!  We ate very well.

TV STORE ONLINE:   When you went in to audition were you aware of the previous two F13 films and their success?

KATIMS:   No I wasn't and remember when I went in to audition they weren't even calling the film FRIDAY THE 13TH.   The originally working title was "Crystal Japan".   The producers didn't want anyone to know that they were working on the third installment.   So they didn't tell anyone auditioning that they were auditioning for F13 3-D.  Once I was cast they told me what we were shooting and that it was in fact going to be a union shoot.

TV STORE ONLINE:  How did the success of FRIDAY THE 13TH 3-D impact you?

KATIMS:   I didn't have the same experience as others that were in the film I'm sure but I did enjoy a couple minutes of fame.  I had went up to see my family in Spokane, Washington and a theater there was showing the film and they got wind that I was in town.  So they sent a reporter out to see me and interview me.   Then they arranged for me to come to see the film and afterward I signed autographs for about an hour and a half after the screening.   It was really fun.  It really was a huge success.  The same weekend that FRIDAY THE 13TH 3-D opened up in theaters TEMPEST [1982] opened up with John Cassavetes and we beat that at the box office...laughing

TV STORE ONLINE:  Going back to that first scene you shot in F13....Your character and the others eat all of their drugs when they think that the police are going to pull them over...

KATIMS:  Right...The pot that we all ate was actually made out of barley.  It wasn't great tasting either.   The first time I had to smoke a joint in the film...It was made out of tobacco.  I wasn't a cigarette smoker so I just couldn't smoke it without coughing.   I went to a health food store and found these fake cigarettes. Why a health food store was selling fake cigarettes I'll never know, but you could smoke them and you could inhale them without it hurting your lungs.   When I came in on the next day of shooting the prop guy had rolled like fifty joints out these fake health food store cigarettes.

TV STORE ONLINE:  How many takes did you have to do on the eating of the pot/barley?

KATIMS:  I don't remember a lot of takes of that.  There were a few though just because there were so many people in the back of the van and everyone had to eat the pot in a close-up.   There were a lot of takes with the scenes that involved the 3-D.   That was very time consuming and it required a lot of takes because they had to get a focus in two different lens otherwise the 3-D wouldn't work.  The 3-D technology they were using at the time was new and it was much better than anything that had been used before it.  

TV STORE ONLINE:   Was it two different cameras shooting criss-cross like in traditional 3-D or are you saying that one camera had two different lens on it?

KATIMS:  It was one camera with two different lens.  It was a very weird set-up.  

TV STORE ONLINE:  I'm sure the passing of the joint or when your character breaks the fourth wall and offers the joint to the film's audience would be a good example of that?

KATIMS:  Right, yeah.  That took a lot of time to do.   There were days where I had a call time and I'd show up on the set in my costume and I would end up not even working because they were behind due to how difficult the 3-D process was for it.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Last question....Are you surprised how big the F13 film franchise has become and furthermore are you surprised at the fan support that they've given the film since it's initial release.

KATIMS:  No only am I surprised but I'm delighted.  I so appreciate the fans because without them I wouldn't even have the recognition that I have from being in the film.    I enjoy how shocked the fans are that I meet at the various movie conventions I've been too because as a character actor I look nothing like Chuck from FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3-D.  They're very surprised because they expect me to be this older guy with a beard and hair and of course I don't have a beard and I barely have hair on my head.   The fans are so great and terrific.  FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3-D came out thirty years ago and there isn't a week that goes by that I don't get at least one fan letter or an email or something from a fan from somewhere in the world.  That's whats shocking about it. But it's so delightful to have been a part of the film.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Contender...Somebody With Class: A Conversation with Harry Lennix From 24, Man Of Steel and the new NBC series The Blacklist




Chicago native / Actor/Writer/Director Harry Lennix talks with TV STORE ONLINE about Little Britain, Fox's 24, The Matrix films, Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel, The Five Heartbeats, his new film Mr. Sophistication hitting Netflix on September 6th and his new NBC series The Blacklist which premieres on September 23rd at 10pm/9pm Central.

TV STORE ONLINE:   Hey Harry!  Thanks for your time today.   I'm a huge admirer of your work in what I think is truly one of the most under-appreciated films of all time THE FIVE HEARTBEATS (1991).  How did that whole thing come about for you?

LENNIX:  Thanks.  I started acting more of less professionally when I was in college.   After I graduated I decided to stay in Chicago and to make ends meet I was teaching in public school.   I had heard that there was this open casting call so I took a half day off from teaching and went down and auditioned for the casting director for THE FIVE HEARTBEATS.   Afterward I had decided to go out to Los Angeles for pilot season in an attempt to get some work and while I was there I got a call that I had gotten the part of "Dresser" In THE FIVE HEARTBEATS.

TV STORE ONLINE:  So how did you find the character of Dresser in HEARTBEATS?

LENNIX: Well, I didn't have to put too much spin on the ball for him.   Dresser was a decent man that had just gotten himself into a common situation with his girlfriend.   To that end, he really was an archetype and I really liked him as a guy because he was really trying to do the best that he could once he found himself in the family way.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Did you and any of the other actors go back and research music groups like The Four Tops or The Temptations?

LENNIX:   Of course.  We watched on our own and collectively.   We were all very familiar with those groups because we had grown up with them.  I'm from Chicago and the Jackson 5 were from Gary, Indiana which was just a few miles away. 

TV STORE ONLINE:  I love that great sequence in the film where you're asked to dance for that hot shot choreographer...Did you endure any dance training for the film?

LENNIX:   Sure.  We all trained for two months prior to filming with Michael Peters.  Michael Peters did the choreography for the music video for Michael Jackson's Thriller.

TV STORE ONLINE:  You've got this new film coming out called MR. SOPHISTICATION (2012) that just looks incredible...

LENNIX:  Right it's coming out on September 6th.  We're releasing it via a bunch of different platforms.  The film is about a completely fictional comedian named "Ron Waters" and he's based on many of my favorite comedians like Richard Pryor and Bernie Mac.    Those were guys that weren't giving you punchlines but they were giving you social commentaries and that's who Ron Waters is.

TV STORE ONLINE:   I love how the poster art for MR. SOPHISTICATION is an homage to the poster art for the 1972 James Earl Jones film THE MAN.

LENNIX:  Right, yeah.

TV STORE ONLINE:  So for this Ron Waters character.... What do you think that you took from a comic like Pryor for example that you applied to the physical manifestation of the Ron Waters character in the film?

LENNIX:  Just how physical he was.   I think every comedian has tremendous physical control.  A comedian has to be a dancer in a way.  So I really looked at Pryor and other comics that I admire and how they moved across the stage and their timing too.  Stand up is really difficult because it's just you and an audience and there isn't any character to hide behind up on that stage.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Does the Ron Waters character have similar demons as say someone like Richard Pryor?

LENNIX:  Very much so.  He's dealing with his own character flaws.  The character finds himself out in Los Angeles and he gets involved with a woman but he's married.  His wife comes out after him in an attempt to salvage their relationship.   That's the backdrop for the story and it's filled with great drama and comedy as well.

TV STORE ONLINE:   Where does this title for MR. SOPHISTICATION come from?

LENNIX:  It comes from Danny Green the writer.  We played with a lot of different titles but we liked MR. SOPHISTICATION because it encompasses many ideas about the character.   It's a title that can mean many things too.

WATCH THE TRAILER FOR MR. SOPHISTICATION HERE:

TV STORE ONLINE:  So what's your process for finding a character in general for any project that you become involved in?

LENNIX:   For me it just depends on the medium in which I'm working in.  My process for theater may be different than for a film or role for television.   When I was doing a lot of theater...The first thing I would do would be to figure out the look.  Then I would figure how he walked.  Then it would be important for me to be able to draw the character out in free hand so I could really see him.   All of that sounds superficial really because there is no substitute for the work that needs to be put into reading the script and learning your lines.  Then it's important just to live in the skin of the character for a while too with that dialogue.   I spend a lot of time doing "text work" because if you can really learn that script and it's dialogue then you can really figure out the character because you can see how many different ways a line of dialogue can come to life in your hands. 

TV STORE ONLINE:  Does that process relate to  MR. SOPHISTICATION?   Richard Pryor wasn't one for staying verbatim to the dialogue in a screenplay. Do you like improvisation or do you like to stick strictly to the written page?

LENNIX:
  I like to stick to the script.   I like to go by the book!   I like improvisation comedy and it's important to work on all aspects of your art.  But I prefer to stick to the script.  You can't leave it when you're doing Shakespeare or on a three camera television series.

TV STORE ONLINE:
   Tell me about H4?  I saw that your all African-American Henry IV just got it's funding on Kickstarter.    What was your inspiration for the project?

LENNIX:   Well since everyone has to study Shakespeare at some point in the English speaking world it would be nice to have something to relate to when they're studying it.   So I wanted to contribute to that and I wanted to give black people in America something to look to when they study these Shakespearean parts. The reason why we study Shakespeare is because it's universal.  It applies to every experience possible.


TV STORE ONLINE:   But why Henry The IV?

LENNIX:  As black people in America we too have a nobility and royalty that we pass down from generation and generation and that's very similar to what happens in Henry The IV.    We're looking to release H4 in early 2014.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Then what about your experiences working with one of my favorite filmmakers Spike Lee on CLOCKERS (1995) and GET ON THE BUS (1996)?

LENNIX:  I only worked a day on CLOCKERS.  They cut my scene so I'm not actually in the finished film.  Spike is such a great director to work with because he really gives his actors a lot of room to work in.  I got to be in a scene with Harvey Keitel.   I got to work with him much more on GET ON THE BUS.   I saw him take a modest budget, some talented actors, a great script and re-create a significant event.  It was great.  We spent three weeks traveling around the country. Spike was great. He was like a great football coach.  I really enjoyed working with him.

TV STORE ONLINE:  For some insane reason Lee has taken a great many media attacks because of his attempt to finance his next film via the crowd-funding site Kickstarter.  What are your thoughts on that? 

LENNIX: I think that Spike Lee single-handedly revamped and reinvigorated the independent film movement of the United States when he came along.   We all owe him a debt of gratitude.  He did that because he was talented and tenacious.  If he wants to raise money on Kickstarter to make a film that he believes in he has my full support.

TV STORE ONLINE:  I just went back and took a look at your work on the British comedy series Little Britain (2008).   You play a United States President and that character talks and looks very similar to Barack Obama...

LENNIX:  I was asked to do that by David Schwimmer.  I went to college with David.  He directed those episodes.  I was happy to do it. We shot all of that stuff in I think two days.  Matt Lucas and Dave Walliams are just insane.  I really enjoyed working with them.  What's funny about it is that Obama wasn't even President when we shot those.   Any similarities are completely coincidental and I think I was doing an impression of Bill Clinton...laughing

TV STORE ONLINE:  That United Nations sketch with you is just hilarious...Your assistant is passing you those flirtatious notes....

LENNIX:  Right, yeah.  That was really funny.


TV STORE ONLINE:  In doing research in preparation to talk with you I stumbled across several articles on the internet about something to do with some comments you made about filmmaker Lee Daniels...

LENNIX: Right.  I made some comments about a year ago to a journalist friend of mine in Chicago when we were having a much broader discussion on the state of the African American image in the media.   I find the whole thing very troubling.  I just wrote an article that was published on the website The Rap about the idea of re-claiming the idea of black images.    I don't want to be associated in film with characters that are slaves or butlers or rapists.  I don't want to play a character that kills his own children.   There's a parade of misery and nonsense and trivialities that are representing the majority of black images now.  I'm tired of it, and I can't take it anymore.  Enough already.   I think this imagery has created manifest consequence.  There is no regard for black life in the black community even.   

When I made those comments I was responding to a question about that and used Lee Daniel's film THE BUTLER (2013) as a case in point.  I read the script for THE BUTLER and it's a horrible little story about this poor man that suffers all of these hardships and he's happy just as long as he gets to be this Butler.  It has very little to do with this man's actual story that it's based on.  It's not accurate.  It's an ugly script and I didn't want anything to do with that film.   In order to give relevance to the past in the film this man's story is bastardized and that's not fair.

I'm saying this because it bothers me, and someone has to say something.  I'm not trying to be a troublemaker in any way.  Enough is enough with this stuff.  I mean, it's 2013 and we're still telling stories about slaves.  Can we get past the point where we need to talk about the past?  Can we talk about today which is critical?   There are 1.5 murders a day in Chicago alone.  

TV STORE ONLINE:  On that note do those thoughts also apply to someone like Quentin Tarantino and his film DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012)?

LENNIX:  I didn't see DJANGO UNCHAINED.  To be honest I didn't see it because I just didn't want to be reminded of what I just mentioned to you.  With that being said, DJANGO UNCHAINED might be a great film.  Tarantino is a talented filmmaker, but I don't need anyone revising my history for me to prove a point.  At least in DJANGO UNCHAINED there's a retribution.   Django is a man who's exacting some form of revenge on his own behalf.  In THE BUTLER, that man is just this powerless marginalized servant who is a fly on a wall of history.   Tarantino too, doesn't have the same obligation to black people that a so-called black filmmaker does either.

TV STORE ONLINE:  What are some of your favorite films?

LENNIX:  The list is very long...As an actor the films that have probably influenced me the most were the films of Marlon Brando.   ON THE WATERFRONT (1954) has been a huge influence on me.  On a visual level, the films of David Lean have been an influence.   PASSAGE TO INDIA (1984) is a favorite.  LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) is one of the greatest films ever made.  I've fantasized about being in MY FAVORITE YEAR (1982) with Peter O'Toole and I really like films on that type of epic scale.

TV STORE ONLINE:  What is it about ON THE WATERFRONT that's been so influential?

LENNIX:   Just the performances.  Marlon Brando is so incredible.  Eve-Marie Saint is wonderful.   Also I love the films of Stanley Kramer too.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Are you a fan of IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD, WORLD (1963)?

LENNIX:  Of course! That's a great one.

TV STORE ONLINE:  People reading this will be quite angry if I don't ask you about your work in MAN OF STEEL (2013).   How did that come to you?

LENNIX: I was literally sitting around one day and a call came in from my agent telling me that Zack Snyder wanted to talk to me.   So Zack asked me to come in and help him with some casting stuff for the film.  The next thing I knew I was signing a confidentially agreement and I was in the film.  I had no idea what character I was going to even play.  It was great though.  Zack Snyder is an expert at the visual aspect of film-making.  He's really knows his camera lens, and he's a great story teller.  That MAN OF STEEL set was the most well run and most efficient film set I've ever been on.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Critics and fans alike seemed somewhat disappointed with the film as a whole...It seemed like expectations were so high for MAN OF STEEL that there was no way that the film could possibly be what the fans wanted it to be.  Is it possible to have too high of an expectation for a film, and can having expectations like that effect the way a critic sees a film as well?

LENNIX:  That's a good question.  I think that they can.   Overall I think that the fans really liked MAN OF STEEL.  I loved it.  I think it had two of the greatest storytellers behind it in Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer.  When you're a critic it's so easy to point the finger at someone.  We don't have film critics anymore we have reviewers.   Today's critics rarely mention what they'd do different in a film if they made it themselves. 

TV STORE ONLINE:   I think that today's film criticism is more about taste than criticism really.

LENNIX:  Yes I agree.   I'm not so sure about the tastes of critics today.  The movie did really well, the fans seemed to love it and there will be another one.
 
TV STORE ONLINE:  What about THE MATRIX films (2003)?  How did those come to you?

LENNIX:  Those came to me the old tried and true way.  I had to audition for those.  They were looking for a guy and I went in with a bunch of other guys and through the weeding out process I got the part.  I don't know why they chose me but I'm thankful that they did.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Lastly....You've got what looks like one hell of a great new show coming to NBC called The Blacklist (2013).    I've seen the promo and it's wonderfully disturbing.   What can fans expect from the series?

LENNIX:  It's going to be a thrilling ride.  There's a lot of intrigue in it, there's a lot of action in it, there's some cat and mouse in it.   Then there is also the great aspect of "Whodunnit" in it as well. 
  
TV STORE ONLINE:  What can you tell me about your character on the show?

LENNIX:  My character is the Asst. Director of Counter-Terrorism for the F.B.I.     James Spader's character "Raymond 'Red' Reddington" turns himself into my character on the condition that he's able to speak to one particular rookie F.B.I. profiler who is played by actress Elizabeth Keen.   It's a very interesting situation for a series.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Shelly! Why do you do stuff like that? TV STORE ONLINE talks with Larry Zerner about Friday The 13th Part 3-D


"Shelly" from FRIDAY THE 13TH 3-D actor turned attorney Larry Zerner talks with TV STORE ONLINE about shooting F13 III as well as his big quarter of a million dollar win on NBC's 1 Vs. 100 gameshow.

TV STORE ONLINE:   When do you think that the acting bug bit you?

ZERNER:  When I was in the sixth grade I was cast in our school's production of H.M.S. Pinafore which is a musical that was written by Gilbert & Sullivan.  I played the role of "Dick DeadEye" who is sort of the villain of the piece.  I was only 10 or 11 years old but I got to wear all of this really cool make-up.  I can remember going on that first night yet and I had to give this big speech as the character and afterward all of the people in the audience applauded and it was right then that I knew that there was something to this.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Growing up as a kid were you a fan of movies?

ZERNER:  Of course.   When I was really young I just remember being really into the Universal Monsters and I can remember trying to convince my mom to let me paint my room all black and put up black light posters of Frankenstein.  She didn't let me do it though.   I'm a big movie fan so I actually see everything but certainly early on horror movies had a big influence on  me.

TV STORE ONLINE:  So what comes in between this sixth grade play and the point where you were eventually cast as "Shelly" in FRIDAY THE 13TH 3D (1982)?

ZERNER:  All through junior high and in high school I was in theatre and I went to theatre camp when I was sixteen years old.  That was a lot of fun because you just spent your whole summer just being in plays.  I was the thespian president in high school.  I didn't do anything professionally as an actor until I was cast in F13 PART 3 until I was eighteen years old.  I graduated high school in June of 1981 and I was cast in the film in January of 1982.

TV STORE ONLINE:   Is it true that the producers of F13 PART 3 saw you working in a movie theatre and asked you to come in to see them for the role of "Shelly?"

ZERNER:  It wasn't the producers, it was the writers. Then I wasn't actually working at the theatre either.  I was just standing outside of this theatre in Westwood handing out sneak preview passes for the film THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981) which hadn't opened yet at the time.

TV STORE ONLINE:  So what was going through your mind when these writers approached you for the role?  Being an eighteen year old kid did you take them seriously instantly?

ZERNER:  Well, I was a little skeptical at first.  I mean it wasn't like I was this cute little eighteen year old girl who was being approached by someone who was trying to get into her pants.  Maybe I took it with a little grain of salt at first, but then I asked myself, "How many guys are approached to be in a movie?"  I was approached by Martin Kitrosser and Carol Watson who were the screenwriters for the film.

TV STORE ONLINE:  So how did the whole thing work?  Did you have to go in for an audition?

ZERNER:  Yes, I had to go in and audition.   Writers don't have the pull to give an actor a role.  So I'm sure that Martin and Carol just mentioned me to the director Steve Miner and plus I had an agent at the time so I'm sure that really helped me.   But I just went in and read a scene for Steve Miner. Martin and Carol weren't even there.   I think I read that scene in the Volkswagen.   Then I got called back, and then I got called back again.  I just remember that I was feeling pretty good and I can't recall seeing any other actors in competition for the role of "Shelly."  I was the only fat kid with an Afro there that I saw.   They kept calling me back and I got to read with all of these different girls and I was really feeling great and I just remember Steve Miner noticing this and saying "You don't have the role yet!"

TV STORE ONLINE:   How did you decide that how you were going to approach the Shelly character going in for the audition?

ZERNER:  It was easy because Steve Miner told me not to do anything.  He just told me to be myself, and honestly there really isn't much difference between Shelly and the eighteen year old fat kid with an Afro that I was at the time.   Both Shelly and I wanted to be actors and we were both practical jokers.  How Shelly was in the script was exactly how I was.  There was very little separation between myself and Shelly.  We were both insecure.  If someone really wanted to write a role for me -- there couldn't have been a role that wasn't  written as well for me as this was.

TV STORE ONLINE:    Where did you shoot the film?

ZERNER:  We shot outside of Los Angeles.   We shot mostly around Saugus, California which is about 30 miles outside of Los Angeles.

TV STORE ONLINE:  How long did you shoot for?

ZERNER:  I think it was a twelve week shoot.  They did the first FRIDAY THE 13th (1980) in four weeks.   Shooting for twelve weeks was really a long time for the type of film that we were making, but the 3-D took a lot of time to do.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Was FRIDAY THE 13TH 3D as big of a success as the original film?

ZERNER:  It was huge.  We were the number one movie for two weeks in a row.  We were very hot for a few weeks.  There were a few weeks there where I really felt famous.  Everywhere I went people would come up to me or you could hear people whispering around me.  There was about a month where I really got a touch of what it means to be recognizable.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Did you have any expectations following the film?   Did you think that it would lead to other film roles for you?  

ZERNER:  I don't think so.  Certainly I wanted to work more but you really need to set yourself up.  If you look at the history of the FRIDAY THE 13TH movies and in particularly look at the actors who played the "nerd" with the exception of a couple actors it doesn't lead to more work.  Hollywood doesn't look at the actor in the big movie they look at the money that the big movie made.  

TV STORE ONLINE:  Afterward you did an episode of Fame (1982-87)...

ZERNER:  Right, but for that I was originally up for a bigger role in the episode.   I was up against another actor for it and he got the bigger part and I got the role where I just had a couple of lines.

TV STORE ONLINE:  What about the ill-fated television remake of Love, American Style (1969-74),  New Love, American Style (1986)?  You did an episode of that too right?

ZERNER:  That was a couple years afterward.  That was strange because I didn't have to audition for that.  I literally just got a call and they told me that I was cast in the role.  I still have no idea how I got that.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Then does your interest in the law and being a lawyer come pre FRIDAY THE 13TH or post?

ZERNER:  That came after FRIDAY THE 13TH.  I wasn't making the rent.  You can't pay the rent on one days work on New Love, American Style.   My dad was an attorney and he offered to pay for law school so I decided to go.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Where does your interest in copyright law come from?

ZERNER:  I just wanted to do something in the entertainment industry and as a lawyer now my work involves film and television.  I love what I do now, it's really great.

TV STORE ONLINE:  So what are you thoughts on the current state of the industry?   Will they ever be able to stop people from downloading movies and television over the internet?

ZERNER:  No.  Pandora's Box has already been opened.   I don't think they'll never be able to get control of it.  I saw all of this coming like ten years ago when the Ipod was released.  Plus storage space is becoming so cheap too.  You can take a thumb drive and put the 100 greatest albums of the last 50 years on it and sell it.  Soon someone will be able to put the Top 100 movies of all time on a drive and sell it.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Do you think they'll ever be able to change or regulate it in any way?

ZERNER:   I think it will be different.  The studios like to say that every movie or song downloaded is a lost sale and that's not true.  People that download stuff take it because it's free not because they really want it.  They wouldn't have ever paid for it at any point.  There have been studies put out that people that download music listen to music and then they go out and buy that music.   On the other side, younger people don't respect copyright.   That's why there are so many companies trying to shift to that "Spotify" model where they charge a monthly fee and their rationale behind that is that they're at least getting those people to pay them something .

TV STORE ONLINE:   Then about about big appearance on the NBC game show 1 vs. 100 (2006-08)?  How did that whole thing come about?

ZERNER:  I'm just really into pop culture trivia.  I've tried out for Jeopardy (1984-Current) a few times but haven't been able to make it on.   I went on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (1999-2002) but I didn't make it into the hot seat.  Finally my nephew told me about this new show called 1 vs. 100.  So I went online and looked at a few clips and thought that I could do it.    I went in to audition to be on the show.  You take a test and then they talk to you.  If you haven't seen the show, how it works is that there is one contestant versus a mob of people.  When the contestant doesn't answer a question correctly then the mob divides the amount that the question is worth.  So if the contestant answers enough questions and get's up to the 100,000 dollar question and they miss it - that money goes to the mob divided up against how many people are in that mob.  A couple weeks later I got a call and they told me that I could be in the mob.  
  
TV STORE ONLINE:  So take me through to when you won the $250,000 dollars on the show?

ZERNER:  When I went on the show the first time I didn't win any money.   I found out that you could stay in the mob for as long as you wanted as long as you didn't get any questions wrong.  They took a shooting hiatus and just before they were about to start up again I got a call from the show and they told me that they were doing this one time only winner-take-all show that had a bigger cash prize and that I could do that show or skip it and come back when they were back to their regular format.  So I decided to do the winner-take-all show.   But when I got there I saw that they had brought in all of these trivia ringers like Ken Jennings from Jeopardy.   So I went on the show again and I ended up winning on that question about Larry King.   The fun part of the whole experience was that I couldn't tell anyone that I knew that I had won.  I had to keep quiet until the night that the show aired.  I could only tell people that I made it into the final five.  That was a lot of fun.

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TV STORE ONLINE:  All these years later are you surprised at the success that the FRIDAY THE 13TH movies have had? 
  

ZERNER:  I guess.  It's hard now to imagine that thirty years ago there wasn't anything like FRIDAY THE 13TH out there.    Back when we were shooting it we obviously had no idea that there were going to be nine Jason movies that would be made after ours.

TV STORE ONLINE:   Are the FRIDAY THE 13TH movies modern day morality tales?

ZERNER:  I don't think so.   I've seen that said often about the movies but I don't think that they are.   The rule is that if you have sex in a FRIDAY THE 13TH movie that you have to die, or if you do drugs in the FRIDAY THE 13TH movies that you'll die as well.   But if you look at FRIDAY THE 13TH 3D "Shelly" doesn't do drugs and he doesn't have sex, but yet he dies.   I think the real rule of a FRIDAY THE 13TH film is that if you talk you die.  Everyone dies regardless if you do drugs or have sex in any of the F13 films.
 
 TV STORE ONLINE: Excluding FRIDAY THE 13TH 3-D....What is the best F13 film and which is the worst?

ZERNER:  Excluding 3.....I really like Part 2 (1981).   But I think that Parts 4 (1984) and 6 (1986) are the best in the franchise and I think that JASON TAKES MANHATTAN (1989) is the worst.  It seems like they didn't have the money they needed to make that one right.  When Jason gets to NYC it gets really good, but the rest of it I didn't care for.   No offense though to any of the people that made that one.

TV STORE ONLINE:  What about JASON X (2001)?

ZERNER:   There are some great moments in JASON X that are very smart and clever.   I really liked a lot of JASON X.  That stuff with the campers in really great.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Why do you think though that these F13 films have engrained themselves so much into the popular American culture?

ZERNER:  Well I think that it's because of the time in which they were made and who was watching them.  I think that a lot of their audience were just like twelve or thirteen years old at the time and they were just starting puberty.   This is maybe the first time that they saw sex on the screen.  Then there's the fear inside of a horror movie too.  These audience members are starting to feel emotions that they've never felt before in their lives and I think that's why the John Hughes movies have had a similar impact on popular culture today.   I can remember feeling that same way when I first saw George Romero's original DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) when I was fifteen years old.   That was the movie that did that to me. 

TV STORE ONLINE:  Where can we see you next?

ZERNER:   I don't do a lot of conventions but I'll be at the Mad Monster Party convention in New Orleans on September 13th 2013.     Plus, I've got a cameo in a movie that's coming out next year called KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM. 

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Office's Melora Hardin talks with TV STORE ONLINE


Melora Hardin from NBC's The Office as well as films like LAMBADA, ABSOLUTE POWER, SOUL MAN, RECKLESS KELLY and THE HOT CHICK talks with TV STORE ONLINE about creating "Jan Levinson-Gould" on NBC's The Office.

TV STORE ONLINE:  What the heck happened to your show Wedding Band [2012] on TBS?

Melora Hardin and Brian Austin Green on the
TBS series Wedding Band (2012)

HARDIN:  Well...You know what mostly happened was that TBS I think just didn't know what to do with an hour long comedy.  They were so behind it and then they seemed to lose interest in the show for some reason.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Do you think that first season will come to DVD?

HARDIN:  I hope so, but I'm not sure.  There has been some talk about a feature length film so we'll have to wait and see what happens.

TV STORE ONLINE:   I've just seen online this totally cool web comic book series about your role in BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) and it's totally awesome!

HARDIN:
  I know!  I've downloaded them all!   They're totally awesome.  

TV STORE ONLINE:  In that first issue...Did that actually happen to you?  Did Bob Gale really call you up out of the blue and take you to dinner to talk about how sorry he was for having to let you go from the film?

HARDIN: 
Oh...No...No....That was just made up.

TV STORE ONLINE:  But you were originally cast in the role of "Jennifer" in BACK TO THE FUTURE.  So what happened there?  Why did they let you go?

HARDIN:  Well, originally Eric Stoltz was cast as "Marty McFly" and they decided to let him go after the shooting had started.  When Michael J. Fox came on and they saw how much taller I was than him they let me go.   It didn't happen the way it does in this new comic book but Bob and I did re-connect like fifteen years later after the fact and we talked about BACK TO THE FUTURE and life.  Bob's a real sweet guy.

TV STORE ONLINE:  I like how the whole thing with Bob Gale is set up in this new web comic series...

HARDIN: 
It's so funny how they've got me smoking in it, and they've got me with big boobs in it.  It was like they drew me as if I was playing "Jan" on The Office [2005-2013].



TV STORE ONLINE:  Did it effect you to get let go from the film by him at the time?

HARDIN: 
Of course!  I was so sad.  I was only seventeen years old at the time and it made me cry.  Bob was so nice though.  He sent me a big boutique of flowers afterward.    Read the comic HERE:

TV STORE ONLINE:  There's been bootleg footage going around for years and I think there's some footage of Eric Stoltz as "Marty McFly" on the BACK TO THE FUTURE DVD Box Set...I was wondering if the two of you shot anything together and what would that be?

HARDIN: No we didn't.   Because by the time I arrived Eric had already been there a while and I really was just on the set to shoot publicity photos is all.  I hadn't even started filming yet.

TV STORE ONLINE:    I really love the film that you and your husband Gildart Jackson made called YOU (2009).  I really like how it's structured in the sense that it skips around from the present to the past and then around again.  Was that structure something that you knew you wanted prior to going into the editing room?  

HARDIN:  Well Gildart had written it so it would be a story that would bounce around in time.   I always say that the film is a love letter.  When he wrote the script, he wrote a love letter to me, and when I made the film, it was a love letter to him.   

TV STORE ONLINE:   So your husband wrote a script about you dying and having to cope without you in his life.   How does that make you feel?   It seems like maybe we've all had these types of fantasy thoughts as if it's part of the human condition. Why do we think that way?   Do humans have a sense or urge to be in dramatic situations naturally?

HARDIN: 
I'm not sure, but with my husband I think I understood where that came from inside of him.   We had just had our first daughter and he had to leave and go to work in Canada.   He wrote that script in three days and he told me that he just cried it out.  He was just missing us, and I understand that because when you have a child with someone there is a very sort of primal connectedness that you have with that person.  It's a very overwhelming feeling to have.  So I know that those thoughts are really where the idea for the story of YOU came from.   

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TV STORE ONLINE:  You've also had this second career as a singer going on for several years...I recently gave a listen to your album Purr and really dug the '30s and '40s musical style at play there.  How long have you been interested in doing music?

HARDIN:  Well my mom once told me that I wrote my first song when I was two years old.  I've really been writing songs and singing my entire life.   The first CD I released was called The Melora Drama and then I did Purr and then my third CD was called All The Way To Mars and the next one I put out will probably be tied into a theater piece I'm putting together for the stage.

TV STORE ONLINE:  So growing up what kinds of music did you like?  Anyone influence you in particular?

HARDIN:  As a young girl I was always really into actresses that sang.  I was totally obsessed with Judy Garland and Barbara Streisand.  When I was eight I discovered The Beatles.  I got into Fleetwood Mac.   I also discovered Billy Joel too and he's probably the one that has influenced me the most as a songwriter.

TV STORE ONLINE:  How did SOUL MAN (1986) come to you? 

HARDIN:  Steve Miner was so much fun to work with, and Steve Tish the producer was awesome and we we went on together to do Dirty Dancing: The Television Series [1988-89].  I can just remember reading the script for the first time and seeing all of the scenes that my character "Whitney" were in and she was supposed to be nude in all of them.  I told my agent that I wasn't going to do them naked because it distracted from the comedy.  Whitney was a very funny character and had she been naked it would've taken away from that.

Hardin and C. Thomas Howell in the screwball
comedy SOUL MAN (1986) 

TV STORE ONLINE:   I love those funny fantasy sequences with you and C. Thomas Howell at the dinner table where he's a pimp and your character Whitney is pregnant....Any improvisation in creating scenes like that?

HARDIN:   No actually that was all done in the script that way...laughing

TV STORE ONLINE:  You mentioned Dirty Dancing: The Television Series a moment ago...Television critics at the time said that you were a better "Baby" than Jennifer Grey was in the movie...Getting cast as Baby...Did you feel any pressure that you'd have to live up to  expectations that fans of the film may have had for that role?

Patrick Cassidy and Melora Hardin 
on short lived Dirty Dancing television series.

HARDIN:  I really didn't.   I really felt like the producers were saying that they were going to make the show something different from the movie.  I had been a dancer my entire life and I really wanted to work with Kenny Ortega.  Being a dancer already was annoying because I had to pretend that I couldn't dance.  Patrick Swayze was actually one of my first dance teachers when I was fifteen years old.   He was so hot and he looked just like "Johnny Castle" back then too.  

TV STORE ONLINE:  The show was canceled after a handful of episodes...Where do you think it went wrong?  Did it not find it's audience?  Was it on the wrong night?  Was it because of the fact that it didn't solely focus in on the "Johnny" and "Baby" characters and it was more of an ensemble storyline?

HARDIN:   It was just timing I think.   That's the case for so many shows that get canceled before they really get anywhere.   Look at The Office for example.  Had reality television not been at it's peak that show might not have succeeded in my opinion.   The whole mockumentary style of The Office I think really offered an audience something that reminded them of something real.   Dirty Dancing: The Series was great.  It had a great team behind it and it really had a great cast too. 

Hardin as "Jan" with Steve Carell's "Michael Scott"
on NBC's The Office
TV STORE ONLINE:   Was The Office something that was offered to you or did you have to go in and audition for it?

HARDIN:  Yeah, I had to go in and audition for it.    When I auditioned for it at the time I had also went in to audition for a show called Wolf Lake [2001-02].   The casting director for Wolf Lake was also the casting director for The Office.   When I first went in to audition for The Office is was supposed to be for a guest spot or maybe a reoccurring character whereas Wolf Lake was a lead part so I really wanted the part on Wolf Lake.  But when I ran into the casting director and we started to talk about it she had told me that she really wanted me to get the part on The Office.   In the end she was right...laughing

TV STORE ONLINE:   There are those that would consider "Jan" on The Office to be a very aggressive and bitchy woman.   What are your thoughts on that?

HARDIN:    I really loved Jan.  I never thought of Jan as being a bitch and maybe that's why I play bitches well.  I didn't think that she was a bitch.  Maybe that's why I can get inside of their truth.  Some would say "Whitney" in SOUL MAN was a bitch too but I never passed judgement on either of those characters.   You have to remember that both of those women thought that they were doing right.  They didn't see themselves as doing anything wrong.   In their minds they had valid reasons for what they did or for who they were.   I really thought Jan was a fun character to play and I really got the humor there.   You either get the humor or you don't and I feel like I got the humor there in both of those women.

TV STORE ONLINE:   What's your favorite episode of The Office?

HARDIN:  I think "Dinner Party" is my favorite from Season Four.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Were you around much for the shooting of the final season of The Office?

HARDIN:  I only worked on the episode "The Whale".    It was great and I didn't know that it was going to be my last episode.   Originally they told me that I would be coming back for the final episode and so after The Whale I never say my goodbyes but I guess that was probably the best for me.   I think they wrapped the series up very well.  As for Jan...It was really great to see her back in the corporate world and I thought that was really great.

TV STORE ONLINE:  I feel like I once heard that NBC was looking at a "Jan" spin-off television series? Was that just a rumor?

HARDIN:  They were talking about that actually but that was a while back before they created Parks & Recreation [2009-current].  They had talked about it but for whatever reason it didn't pan out.   

TV STORE ONLINE:   Any interview with Melora Hardin wouldn't be complete unless we talked about LAMBADA (1990)...How did that come to you?

HARDIN:
  I just went in and auditioned for it.  They knew I was a dancer but I didn't actually have to dance in the audition.  Shabba-Doo choreographed the film and a lot of the dancers that he hired for the film  I had worked with in the past.  

TV STORE ONLINE:  They didn't want you to dance in the audition because they wanted you to save it for that big classroom dance number!

Hardin in LAMBADA (1990)
HARDIN: Exactly...laughing

TV STORE ONLINE:  It's such a strange movie

HARDIN:  It is!

TV STORE ONLINE:  Your character has a certain sexuality about her....Who knew that LAMBADA would twist and turn going from this potential sexual relationship between this female student and her teacher to being a message film about the importance of math in inner-city schools!

HARDIN:  Laughing...That's so funny!  That's probably why the film didn't do so well!  Math is so important though!  

TV STORE ONLINE:  I feel like you started to get typecast a bit by the time you had done LAMBADA.   From Whitney in SOUL MAN to LAMBADA you seemed to always play these sexually aggressive young women...Did you see that happening at the time?

HARDIN: No I didn't.   I just think that I was very in touch with my sexuality in those films.  Every actor brings themselves to the characters they play.    I think the fact that I was a child actor is what was really my saving grace because I was never cast in any of those "cutesy" types of roles when I was younger so I think I was able to transition really smoothly into being an adult actor because of the fact that I was always doing serious drama when I was younger.

TV STORE ONLINE:   Why did the dance Lambada become such a phenomenon in 1990?  There was LAMBADA your film and then Greydon Clark's THE FORBIDDEN DANCE (1990) that same year...

Hardin with Gene Hackman in 1997
Clint Eastwood directed ABSOLUTE POWER
HARDIN:  I know!  It was because the company that was going to make the film had split up.  Golan-Globus had split up and they were fighting each other.  One made a Lambada film and the other one made a film about the dance too.

TV STORE ONLINE:   I love what you did with Gene Hackman in Clint Eastwood's ABSOLUTE POWER (1997)...

HARDIN:  That is such a highlight for me!    Gene Hackman is such a lovely man and an incredible actor.   I got to sing for Clint Eastwood a few years ago when he was honored at the ball.  He asked me to sing for him.   Gene Hackman was so sweet.   When I arrived on the set he came up to me and said, "I'm nervous for our scene."   I said, "Don't worry I'll take care of you".  (Laughing)   He was such a gentleman too.  He'd save me a seat at lunch.   It took us two weeks to shoot that fight scene and during the course of that scene my skirt was always up in the air. Every time we'd cut Gene would put my skirt down and help me up.  It was a glorious two weeks of shooting.

TV STORE ONLINE:   Then there's CHAMELEON (1995)?   Your character endures a long birthing scene in the film...Giving birth on film then and now having given birth to your actual children do you think that your life experience would effect the way you'd play a scene like that as an actress if you had to shoot a similar scene again today?

HARDIN:  I don't know I haven't looked at that film since I had my babies so I can't even remember how I played it!   As an actor you can use your imagination too.   Actors don't always have to be shot in the head in order to get into the moment.   A lot of people asked me if I really got a "boob job" for that episode of The Office where we see Jan in a new light.   I found it quite offensive actually.  I don't think that people were asking Mark Wahlberg if he really got a penis extension for that scene in BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997).   To answer your question, Yes, I think that life experiences do effect how actors approach a role.  The older we get and the more life experiences that we have certainly pepper us and how we approach a character.

TV STORE ONLINE:  What about RECKLESS KELLY (1993)?  

Hardin with Yahoo Serious in RECKLESS KELLY

HARDIN:  That was fun.  I went to Australia to shoot that, and at the end of it we came back here to shoot some of it as well.

TV STORE ONLINE:  You got to shoot a big ass gun in RECKLESS KELLY...

HARDIN:  I did!  That was really fun.  I got to go and practice at a shooting range.  I got to shoot a .44 Magnum.   I was a good shot too. I put a shot right into the center of the target  and afterward the guy that was helping me told me that most women are actually better shots then men.  It was fun and I could totally see how someone could take up target shooting as a hobby.  

TV STORE ONLINE:  So the character you play in RECKLESS KELLY is a Shakespeare loving bank teller / actress....You're taking this character very seriously.   What's your process in regards to how you approach any character that you play?

HARDIN:  It's different with each character, but I guess similarly what happens is that I have to find my way into them.  I need to find an emotional hook to get into a character.  Also it's important in how a character looks too.   There are times when I'll catch a look of myself in a mirror and see what the costume is that I'm wearing and that really helps me get the feel of who someone is.  That's important to me.  I do work from the outside inward but I also work from the inside outward at times.  The process is different for each character but I'm always looking for that one thing that feeds me to find the character.

TV STORE ONLINE:  But how do you ever know when you're on the right track in the initial creation of the character as the actor behind them?

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HARDIN:  You can feel it, and you just know when you're on the right track.  Plus it's collaborative too.  If you have good collaborators then they'll give you their thoughts and opinions in regards to what you're doing and that's always very valuable to have.   Then you also have the opportunity to look at what you're doing in the dailies and I personally am able to disconnect from what I'm seeing in front of me and that's really helpful too.

TV STORE ONLINE:  My last question for you...Where can we see you next?

HARDIN:  I'm working on a one person stage show now.  I don't know how long it's going to take to finish but it's so fun.  I'm writing new songs for that as well.   I just did a pilot for TBS called Do It Yourself with Cheech Marin and Bill Engvall as well.

TV STORE ONLINE:  Actually...I forget to ask you about your short film SCREAMIN' BIG BAD FUN (2013)....Will you be directing more projects in the future?

HARDIN:  Definitely.   I just optioned a great book called The Cowboy And His Elephant that we just finished the first draft of the screenplay for and we're hoping to be in production on that by next summer. So watch for that.

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