I Was There Too

I Was There Too


If you're like Matt Gourley (Superego, Drunk History, James Bonding), then you know all the classic movie and television scenes so well it's like you were in the room when they happened. Well, you weren't. And neither was he. But the people Matt interviews were! Listen in as they tell the inside stories of how cinema and television history was made from a fly-on-the-wall perspective you've never heard.


Star Wars with Anthony Forrest  

On the first of three very special Star Wars trilogy episodes of I Was There Too, Matt is joined by Anthony Forrest who plays the sand trooper mind-tricked by Obi-Wan Kenobi at the Mos Eisley roadblock who said 'These aren’t the droids we’re looking for,' in George Lucas’ 1977 film Star Wars. Anthony tells us how he was cast as the sand trooper after also being cast as Luke Skywalker’s friend Fixer in the deleted scenes from the film, not being able to see a thing in the helmet, and getting to work with Lucas, Guinness, and Hamill. We also hear tales of rubbing elbows with Roger Moore in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me and getting to see John Lennon and Yoko Ono during their 'Bed-In for Peace' campaign. Later, top secret guest Starship 1 returns to talk more about her audition for Star Wars: Episode 8. Plus, a classic Star Wars Superego sketch!

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This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon and Nuisance Committee.

Diamonds Are Forever with Putter Smith  

Jazz and Bass veteran Putter Smith joins Matt this week to talk about playing the assassin Mr. Kidd in one of Matt’s all time favorite Bond films, Diamonds Are Forever. We’ll hear how he ended up getting a script for the film and doing a screen test with Paul Williams, getting to carry Sean Connery alongside fellow assassin Mr. Wint portrayed by Bruce Glover, and getting his arms burned for his death scene. Putter also tells us what it was like working with Thelonious Monk and the sessions for The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” Do yourself a favor and check out Tyler Dilt’s book in his homicide series “Come Twilight” which features references to this very podcast!

This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com.

Jurassic World with Lauren Lapkus  

Is there a guest as wonderful as Lauren Lapkus? Probably not. Lauren joins Matt to talk about playing Vivian, one of the control room workers dealing with the chaos that unravels in Jurassic World. We hear about how Lauren had to get NASA clearance to shoot her scenes, what it's like to be in a mega-blockbuster, and her experience auditioning for Star Wars Episode 8. As a bonus, Lauren tells us what it was like working alongside Joe Pesci and Don Rickles in a Snickers commercial. Later, Matt shares an exclusive and deep cover interview with a secret guest who also auditioned for Star Wars Episode 8. Plus, Matt answers listener questions in the return of I Was There Q&A!

The Strangely Cruel and Unusual Death in Jurassic World: 


The James Bond Stunt Spectacular That Never Was:


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This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon and Stamps.com.

Beverly Hills Cop and Willow with Rick Overton  

Rick Overton walked into his audition for Beverly Hills Cop and director Martin Brest asked him about a prophylactic. Why? He's still not sure. Rick joins Matt to talk about doing martial arts with Eddie Murphy on set, preparing for his role of Bonded Warehouse Night Manager with mirror douche work, and getting to improvise in the film. Then, we hear of Rick's experience playing Franjean, a brownie who serves as comic relief in Willow's journey, why Million Dollar Mystery fell apart, and getting squibbed in Blind Fury.

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The Shawshank Redemption with Clancy Brown  

Accomplished actor Clancy Brown joins Matt to talk about his role as the tough as nails prison guard Captain Hadley in the 1994 Frank Darabont film The Shawshank Redemption. They chat about how Clancy’s difficulty saying some of his character's colorful dialogue in the audition eventually got him the gig, why he turned down offers to work with correctional officers to help him with his role, and really hanging Tim Robbins over the ledge of a rooftop. Plus, we'll hear stories from the set of LOST, Sean Connery offering Clancy wisdom while filming Highlander, and Shakespeare being quoted on the set of Dukes of Hazzard.

This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon and Adam and Eve.

Goldfinger with Linda Gidley  

It's no secret that Matt is a huge James Bond fan. He hosts the James Bonding podcast along with fellow 007 fanatic Matt Mira and is very excited to dig into one of the most classic Bond films of all time, 1964's Goldfinger. Matt is joined by Linda Gidley for a discussion on what lead a young woman not even old enough to drive at the time to become one of Pussy Galore's Flying Circus Pilots in Goldfinger. Plus, Matt takes us through the 007's that never were in the return of the classic segment "I Wasn't There Too."

This episode is sponsored by the Found podcast and Adam and Eve.





(More) Grease with Jamie Donnelly  

Jamie Donnelly aka "Brush-a Brush-a Brush-a" Jan the Pink Lady is back to talk more about the 1978 musical Grease. We'll hear if Jan was a snacker onstage as much as she was in the film, what would be the future of all the Grease characters, and possible inspiration for the end of the film. Plus, Jamie shares stories of stagnant LA river water, Seabreeze shammies, and Johnny Depp finger kisses.

This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Casper Mattresses, and Now Hear This Podcast Festival.

Collected Stories Vol. 2: The Best of I Was There Too  

Matt gathered some of the best anecdotes told on I Was There Too about experiences on the set of Aliens, The Big Lebowski, Poltergeist, and many more. You'll hear from Paul F. Tompkins, Aimee Mann, Gilbert Gottfried, Lisa Jakub, Phil LaMarr and more on topics ranging from food, flesh, and pancakes to making & breaking comedy. It's a perfect way to jump into the podcast for new listeners and a grand collection of great stories for regular listeners to revisit.

This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Blue Apron, and Now Hear This Podcast Festival.

Carrie and The Hustler with Piper Laurie  

One of America's best and most versatile actresses Piper Laurie joins Matt to talk about initially approaching the role of Carrie's mother in Brian De Palma's Carrie as a comedy, her experience working alongside Paul Newman and George C. Scott in the 1961 film The Hustler, and many other gems from her fantastic autobiography 'Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir.' Plus, Amanda Lund joins Matt to share a special talent that will enhance your listening enjoyment of certain songs in the return of I Was There Tune.

This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon, Blue Apron, and Casper Mattresses.

Grease with Jamie Donnelly and Barry Pearl  

Jamie Donnelly and Barry Pearl portrayed Pink Lady Jan and T-Bird Doody respectively from the 1978 musical Grease but did you know that they've been performing Grease in the theatrical production prior to the film? Jamie and Barry join Matt this week to talk about auditioning for their film roles, the fly by during "Beauty School Dropout," the intense heat as they shot the gymnasium scene, restoring the laughs from the theatrical production, and much more.

This sponsored by Mack Weldon and Squarespace.

They Live with Peter Jason  

Prolific actor Peter Jason has a million stories about John Carpenter's cult classic They Live, Deadwood, and so much more. He joins Matt to talk about what it was like for his character Gilbert the Resistance Leader to get squibbed, the levels of Godhood in David Milch's John from Cincinnati, and Con Stapleton's submarine monologue from Deadwood. Plus, we hear how Peter got "t-boned" by Orson Welles.

Aliens Live Q&A with Carrie Henn, Ricco Ross, Jenette Goldstein  

Presented by the Alamo Drafthouse and recorded live from The Ace Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, Matt hosts a special Alien Day Q&A with Aliens stars Ricco Ross (Private Frost), Jenette Goldstein (Private Vasquez), and Carrie Henn (Newt). Plus, in honor of the great H.R. Giger, Matt shares a sketch from Superego where H.R. Giger takes his very suburban family through a fast food establishment drive-thru.

This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon, Squarespace, and Harold Ramis Film School.

Dead Poet's Society with Kurt Leitner  

Actor Kurt Leitner played Lester, one of the students in the classroom of Dead Poet's Society, a film that was highly influential for Matt. Kurt tells us about going from being a body double on set to becoming one of the supporting poets, organically coming up with the name Lester for his character as well as the character name of Spaz, his chicken walk making it into the trailer, and why his character didn't stand on a desk in support of Mr. Keating. Plus, we hear about the truly once in a lifetime experience of being directed  in a playground atmosphere by Peter Weir and improvising with Robin Williams.

The Revenant with Joshua Burge  

Joshua Burge is one of the nicest human beings on this Earth. He joins Matt this week to talk about his role as Stubby Bill in The Revenant. Joshua tells us about auditioning for Alejandro Iñárritu  learning how to shoot flintlocks, throw axes, and ride horses through survival bootcamp, the origin of the name Stubby Bill, and having a call and response with Tom Hardy's character on set. Plus, in honor of the infamous CGI bear in The Revenant, Matt counts down his Top 3 Emotive Acting Moments Done with Computer Graphics.

The Big Lebowski and Magnolia Live Show with Aimee Mann and Paul F. Tompkins  

Recorded Live aboard the JoCo Cruise, Matt welcomes singer-songwriter Aimee Mann to talk about her role as Nihilist Woman, Franz's Girlfriend in The Big Lebowski. Aimee tells us about having to create dialogue in German, what it was like working with the Coen brothers, and whether or not her character gave her toe away willingly. Then, Paul F. Tompkins returns to talk about playing customer service operator Chad in Magnolia. Paul describes his three intense days of shooting the scene which included singing Sade songs with Mary Lynn Rajskub, embarrassing himself at the table read as he sat right next to Tom Cruise, and realizing his only his voice would make the final cut. Plus, Matt and Paul share how the power of the internet lead to them being friends and collaborators as they answer audience questions!

Bonus! The Mysterious Secrets Of Uncle Bertie's Botanarium - Episode 1  

Matt Gourley presents the first episode of Jemaine Clement’s Howl original series The Mysterious Secrets Of Uncle Bertie’s Botanarium. The Mysterious Secrets Of Uncle Bertie’s Botanarium is an epic, richly sound-designed comedy adventure, created by a truly unique trio of writer/director Duncan Sarkies, musician Lawrence Arabia, and artist Stephen Templer. This Howl Original 12-part mini-series stars Jemaine Clement (Flight Of The Conchords) and an ensemble of creative friends from Wellington, New Zealand. Travel back to 1768, when the Fortitude sailed from the famous port of Damprot, the Jewel of the Gravy Isles. The ship, commandeered by Lord Joseph Banks–nephew of the infamous botanist Bertie Banks–was on a mission to find a plant known to be the very source of pleasure in the world: Heaven’s Clover. This is the tale of that fateful journey. To hear the rest of the story, told week-by-week, sign up for Howl Premium today. Use the promo code BERTIE at Howl.fm, and get your first month free.

Aladdin with Gilbert Gottfried  

Gilbert Gottfried is the most wonderful tornado you can ever imagine. He joins Matt this week to talk about his role as Iago the parrot in Disney's Aladdin. Gilbert tells us about the audition process, having to re-record dialogue for the animated series that was deemed too dirty by a viewer, and the remarkable story of how a family reached their autistic son through a puppet of the parrot. Plus, Matt's Superego pals Mark McConville and Jeremy Carter talk about playing parts in Aladdin in a totally different context during I Was Par-rot Too.

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial with Sean Frye  

The final chapter in the Spielberg Saga is here as Sean Frye joins Matt to talk about playing Steve, Elliot's older brother's friend in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Sean shares some great insight on all of the scenes from the film as well as what it was like working with Henry Thomas, E.T. himself, and going over to Harrison Ford's house. Plus, Matt gets a little crabby as he counts down his Top 10 List of Things That Happen in Movies That Never Happen in Real Life.

Raiders of the Lost Ark with Martin Casella  

Part Two of the Three Part Spielberg-Aganza-Palooza continues with a discussion of 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Martin Casella once again joins Matt to talk about his experience as Steven Spielberg's assistant on the film. Martin provides some wonderful insight on what went on behind the scenes including the origin of Marion's famous dress, Spielberg's must-see-TV habits, and what lead to the inception of E.T. Plus, Matt's companion from the Superego podcast, Jeremy Carter, joins him to talk about the iconic Indiana Jones jacket and his own personal quest to find the perfect fit in a new segment called 'I Was Wear Too.'

Poltergeist with Martin Casella  

Season 2 of I Was There Too with Matt Gourley begins with a discussion of 1982's Poltergeist, the 1st film in the IWTT Steven Spielberg Extravaganza! Martin Casella joins Matt to talk about his role as Dr. Marty Casey, the man who literally rips his own face off, scenes that didn't make the final cut of the film, and his relationship with Steven Spielberg and what led to Spielberg himself being the hands that ultimately rip his own face off. Plus, Matt celebrates the life of his wonderful grandmother Eleanor Gourley in a segment called I Was There Circa 1942.

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