I Was There Too

I Was There Too

Australia

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.

Episodes

Almost Famous with Marc Maron: Live from Now Hear This  

Live from the Now Hear This Festival, actor, author, cat lover, and vanguard podcaster Marc Maron joins Matt to talk about his role as the Angry Promoter in the 2000 Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous. Marc tells us all about the pants his character wears, how his scene has now since established a catchprhase in the intro of his popular podcast “WTF with Marc Maron,” and why this role fits just right in his personal range as an actor. He also talks about his cats Monkey & LaFonda, what it’s like to prepare for an interview with Neil Young, and the now infamous Gallagher mid-interview walk out. Plus, Matt’s old college buddy and author Tyler Dilts joins Matt to talk about how WTF and I Was There Too are big influences in his detective novels. This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: WASTHERE).

The 50th Episode Squib Spectacular  

On this very special 50th episode of I Was There Too, Matt invites you all along on his journey to fulfill a lifelong dream of getting professionally squibbed. Substitute host and podcast brethren Mark McConville interviews Matt and andrew from J&M Special Effects throughout the process and fellow podcast soulmates Paul F. Tompkins and Jeremy Carter beautifully provide the taut action drama of the fictional scenario in which Matt is to be fake shot. Plus, Matt’s dad, stepmom, and fiancée join him to provide a tough but honest critical reaction.

This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com.

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Return Of The Jedi with Kevin Thompson  

Yub nub! On the final of three very special Star Wars trilogy episodes of I Was There Too, Matt is joined by Kevin Thompson who played the Ewoks Chubbray and Paploo in the original 1983 film Return Of The Jedi. Kevin tells us how he went from being a street mime to auditioning for the movie, how they shot swinging off the speeder bike, and the true danger that comes from being in the stunt world. He also talks about his role as Bear in the 1982 film Blade Runner and his reaction to finally getting his own Star Wars action figure. Plus, yet another classic Star Wars Superego sketch!

This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon and Stamps.com.

Bonus Episode: The Empire Strikes Back: Controversy Averted  

On a very important bonus episode of I Was There Too, we will finally have the answer to the question asked last episode: Who physically played the body of The Emperor in the original version of The Empire Strikes Back? We know that Cio-Cio the chimp was used for the superimposed eyes of The Emperor. But did Elaine Baker or Marjorie Eaton ultimately appear onscreen? Matt shares some new information and interviews Cio-Cio the chimp to finally put this mystery to rest.

The Empire Strikes Back with Clive Revill  

On the second of three very special Star Wars trilogy episodes of I Was There Too, Matt is joined by Clive Revill who voices The Emperor in the pre-special edition 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back. Clive tells us about how director Irvin Kershner reached out to him for the role, finding the voice for The Emperor, and his thoughts on the final physical representation. Then, expert witnesses Pete the Retailer and Alex Robinson of the Star Wars Minute podcast join Matt to figure out who and actually what played the body of The Emperor during a new segment called Was I There Too? Plus, another classic Star Wars Superego sketch!

This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com.

THE ORIGINAL FOOTAGE: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKtciRCVpFE

EXHIBIT 1:

https://www.amazon.com/Making-Star-Wars-Empire-Strikes/dp/0345509617

EXHIBIT 2:

http://x3rxe5.tumblr.com/post/148866162957/all-hail-the-chimperor-prior-to-beginning-return

EXHIBIT 3:

http://boards.theforce.net/threads/marjorie-eaton-the-original-emperor.50033425/

EXHIBIT 4:

See the pics posted on this page.

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!

Come see us at the Now Hear This podcast festival: nowhearthisfest.com

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: 

http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2015/06/15/the-strangely-cruel-and-unusual-death-in-jurassic-world

The James Bond Stunt Spectacular That Never Was:

http://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/201410/4241/

Come see us at the Now Hear This podcast festival: nowhearthisfest.com

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.

Come see us at the Now Hear This podcast festival: nowhearthisfest.com

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.

JAMES BROLIN 007 SCREEN TEST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxjyZ3lb8dc

SAM NEILL 007 SCREEN TEST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfGz-_iI23g

(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!

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