I Was There Too

I Was There Too

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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

The Running Man and Die Hard with Steven de Souza: Live from Alamo Drafthouse  

Presented by the Alamo Drafthouse and recorded live from The Regent Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, Matt speaks with screenwriter Steven de Souza about the 1987 film The Running Man and 1988 film Die Hard. Steven lays urban myths to rest and goes in depth about both films including the unavoidable political aspects of the now 30 year old film The Running Man compared to today’s political climate and the ever changing script almost down to the wire of Die Hard. Plus, we hear a bit how the cult classic Hudson Hawk become what it is thanks to Bruce Willis’ input.This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: WASTHERE) and Hullo (www.hullopillow.com/IWTT).

More Back To The Future with Jeffrey Weissman  

Actor Jeffrey Weissman joins Matt this week to discuss his unique experience of playing George McFly in Back to the Future Part II and III after Crispin Glover left the films. Jeffrey tells us about the mix of acting and impression that went along with playing the role, being in a weird place as the new replacement on set, and hearing Crispin’s thoughts using his likeness. We also hear about Jeffrey’s other roles in Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider, Johnny Dangerously, Twilight Zone: The Movie, and Saved by the Bell. Plus, writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker of The Thrilling Adventure Hour join Matt to talk about their novel, 'Star Wars Join the Resistance,' what it’s like to work with the Lucasfilm story group, and Matt becoming part of the Star Wars canon.This episode is brought to you by Hullo (www.hullopillow.com/IWTT).

Back to the Future Trilogy with Tom Wilson  

Actor and artist Tom Wilson joins Matt this week to discuss being present (but also past and future) in the Back to the Future Trilogy as Biff Tannen, among other members of the Tannen clan. Tom tells us about finding a creative way to approach being asked the same questions about the films, which includes creating a handy postcard to present to anyone on the street that asks him the same questions over and over. We also hear what it was like for him - as someone who was bullied - to play a bully himself, being paired off to rehearse his scenes with Crispin Glover, and what he believes to be the heart of all the movies. Plus, Tom talks about being on a debate team with David Brooks of the NY Times, the inspiration for his ‘Pop Fugue' paintings, and various roles he’s played over the years including one of his earliest on The Facts of Life.Los Angeles: On February 28th there will be a LIVE I Was There Too at The Regent Theater with legendary screenwriter Steven de Souza (Die Hard, Commando) along with a screening of The Running Man (celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary). Get tickets at http://www.theregenttheater.com This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/IWasThereToo).Biff’s Question Songhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmjYimspW-4

Dreamgirls with Jimmy Pardo  

In another edition of I Wasn’t There Too, professional comedian and Never Not Funny host Jimmy Pardo joins Matt to talk about being cut from the 2006 musical drama Dreamgirls. Jimmy goes deep into how his role of comedian was offered to him out of the blue, befriending an extra while being on set for 13 hours to shoot his one line, and when he heard the news of when his role was cut. Plus, Jimmy tells us about being cut out of The Informant!, Bob Odenkirk giving him a push to do stand-up comedy when he still worked in a record store, and his time doing warm up for Conan.This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: WASTHERE) and Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/IWASTHERETOO)

Dreamgirls with Jimmy Pardo  

In another edition of I Wasn’t There Too, professional comedian and Never Not Funny host Jimmy Pardo joins Matt to talk about being cut from the 2006 musical drama Dreamgirls. Jimmy goes deep into how his role of comedian was offered to him out of the blue, befriending an extra while being on set for 13 hours to shoot his one line, and when he heard the news of when his role was cut. Plus, Jimmy tells us about being cut out of The Informant!, Bob Odenkirk giving him a push to do stand-up comedy when he still worked in a record store, and his time doing warm up for Conan.

This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: WASTHERE) and Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/IWASTHERETOO)

Inception and Avatar with Dileep Rao  

Actor Dileep Rao has had the pleasure of working with auteur filmmakers Sam Raimi, James Cameron, and Christopher Nolan. Dileep joins Matt this week to talk about playing Yusuf, the dream chemist in Christopher Nolan’s 2010 film Inception and Dr. Patel in James Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar. He also comments on the validity of the Inception fan theories, being able to come to James Cameron with additions to his character, and how working with Sam Raimi on Drag Me to Hell was like working with family. Plus, a discussion on goat castration. Happy New Year!This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: WASTHERE)

Inception and Avatar with Dileep Rao  

Actor Dileep Rao has had the pleasure of working with auteur filmmakers Sam Raimi, James Cameron, and Christopher Nolan. Dileep joins Matt this week to talk about playing Yusuf, the dream chemist in Christopher Nolan’s 2010 film Inception and Dr. Patel in James Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar. He also comments on the validity of the Inception fan theories, being able to come to James Cameron with additions to his character, and how working with Sam Raimi on Drag Me to Hell was like working with family. Plus, a discussion on goat castration. Happy New Year!

This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: WASTHERE)

The Star Wars Holiday Special with Larry Heider  

Celebrate the true holiday of the season, The Wookiee Life Day with Matt and special guest and professional camera man Larry Heider who has worked on countless TV projects including the infamous and wonderful Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978. Join them as they discuss how this special came to be including what Larry observed behind the scenes and all the great photos he took along the way. Plus, one more special visit from Starship 1, the mysterious real person that did audition for Star Wars: Episode 8. All photos are property of Larry Heider and may not be used without written consent. All rights reserved

The Star Wars Holiday Special with Larry Heider  

Celebrate the true holiday of the season, The Wookiee Life Day with Matt and special guest and professional camera man Larry Heider who has worked on countless TV projects including the infamous and wonderful Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978. Join them as they discuss how this special came to be including what Larry observed behind the scenes and all the great photos he took along the way. Plus, one more special visit from Starship 1, the mysterious real person that did audition for Star Wars: Episode 8.

All photos (with the exception of the last three) are property of Larry Heider and may not be used without written consent. All rights reserved

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).

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.THE SQUIBBENING DOCUMENTARY BY JAY CHEEL THE SQUIBBENING from Jay Cheel on Vimeo .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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