Saturday, May 25, 2013

Arrested Development

About 5 months into my fagcovery last year a casting directer friend of mine called and asked me if I would be interested in working one day on the TV show Arrested Development. The creator/directer Mitch Hurwitz was looking for 6 people who could dance. Netflix was bringing the cancelled show back after 7 years for 14 new episodes that would stream online.
I knew of AD but had never watched it when it was on.
Of course, being an ol' hoofer myself, I said yes ...

Day of shoot ...
Culver Studios, Culver City, CA

I find the AD base camp and give my name to the PA who precedes to take me to my trailer. Wait, I have a trailer? Never had one just for me before. "Here you go Fagsy"
I look at the character name written in black marker on masking tape on the door and froze. My character title was "Addict"

I, little ol' Fagsy Malone who's afflicted with arrested development and the disease of addiction was playing a dancing addict in a rehab!?!
Ironic? Serendipitous? Cosmic?
Definitely a sign.


The one day shoot turned into a 6 day shoot and I had the best time!
Because I had never seen the show I didn't know any of the characters.
I did know who Tommy Tune and Liza Minnelli were tho ...

Tommy Tune is a dancer/showman who has appeared in numerous Broadway shows and in "Hello Dolly" with Barbra Streisand (He had some good Barbra stories). Most of our scenes were with Tommy who couldn't have been nicer.
In one scene we danced on a little stage with Tommy, Jessica Walters & comedienne Maria Bamford as Liza Minnelli watched from off camera. Come on, how many dancers dream of moments like this and here I was ... little ol' sweet Fagsy hoofing with the legends!

The shoot was grueling ...especially the two all nighters dancing on a rickety little barge out in the Long Beach harbor at 4 AM ... But I was super grateful.

The show creator Mitch Hurwitz was so great as was the entire cast and crew.
I have since watched Arrested Development on DVD and I feel super honored to be a little part of the new season on Netflix

These are the miracles they talk about in fagcovery.
This I know.

2 comments:

  1. If your character's name wasn't divinely inspired, I don't know what is. Can't wait to read more. You are truly gifted writer

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