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

True Lies with Tom Arnold  

Actor and comedian Tom Arnold joins Matt to give us a behind the scenes look on what it was like working alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the James Cameron 1994 action film True Lies. Tom tells us about how he ended up bonding with Arnold and James in his audition for the role of Albert “Gib” Gibson, many of his ad-libs making it into the final cut of the film, and James making a reluctant Arnold do a dangerous stunt by doing it in front of him. Plus, Tom confirms some trivia surrounding the movie as he plays Confirm or Deny: IMDB Trivia. This episode is brought to you by Hello Fresh (www.hellofresh.com code: IWTT30) and Bombfell (www.bombfell.com/IWTT).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with Steve Agee  

Matt is back from his honeymoon to interview Steve Agee about his role as Gef the Ravager in the 2017 Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In a I Was There Too first, Matt and Steve have a pre-interview before watching the film together. Among many great stories Steve reveals about his time on the film such as Stallone in the bridge chair, catching on fire himself, and getting beer squibbed.

Ghostbusters with Michael Ensign and guest hosted by Mark McConville  

While Matt is off getting married and honeymooned, I Was There Too will feature a special run of guest hosted episodes! This week actor Michael Ensign joins guest host Mark McConville to discuss the 1984 film Ghostbusters. Michael tells us about the multiple takes of his scene as the Hotel Manager due to the improvisation from the rest of the cast, his character standing up to Peter Venkman, and not realizing the popularity of the film until watching it in a theater with an audience saying the lines. He also talks about his time with the Royal Shakespeare Company, his first big film role in Midnight Express, and his many other film/TV credits including Titanic, The Dukes of Hazzard, and much more.

Rebel Without a Cause with Jack Grinnage and guest hosted by Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci  

While Matt is off getting married and honeymooned, I Was There Too will feature a special run of guest hosted episodes! This week actor Jack Grinnage joins guest hosts Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci to discuss the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause. Jack explains how he lied about his age to get a role in the movie, his college friendship with actress Beverly Long, and how they built the action around James Dean’s strengths. Then, they talk about the evolution of craft services, why everyone wanted to be paid for “golden time,” and how a terrible interview got Jack cast in King Creole. Finally, Jack tells of meeting Colonel Tom Parker, why he never saw Elvis out of makeup, and Laurence Olivier’s reaction to finding Jack in his chair during the filming of Spartacus. This episode is brought to you by Harry's ( www.harrys.com/IWTT ) and HelloFresh ( www.hellofresh.com  code: IWTT30).

Every Star Wars Movie with Peter Mayhew and guest hosted by Ben Blacker!  

While Matt is off getting married and honeymooned, I Was There Too will feature a special run of guest hosted episodes! This week actor Peter Mayhew joins guest host Ben Blacker to discuss playing Chewbacca in every Star Wars movie. Peter tells us about how a photo of him in a local paper lead to him getting the role of a minotaur in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, receiving a phone calls months later being offered a role in a little movie called Star Wars, his working relationship with Harrison Ford, the different directing styles of George Lucas and J.J. Abrams, finding the roar, and much more. It’s a must listen for any Star Wars fan!

Ant-Man and Prisoners with David Dastmalchian and guest hosted by Steve Agee!  

While Matt is off getting married and honeymooned, I Was There Too will feature a special run of guest hosted episodes! This week actor David Dastmalchian joins guest host Steve Agee to discuss the 2013 thriller Prisoners and the 2015 superhero film Ant-Man. David tells us about being very grateful about landing the part of Bob Taylor in Prisoners, thinking he had actually hurt Jake Gyllenhaal during filming, and being thankful to director Denis Villeneuve for the opportunity to be a part of Blade Runner 2049. Then, David talks about the many improvised lines during the filming of Ant-Man, contributing to his character’s wardrobe & love of Elvis, and tricking Paul Rudd into believing he was actually Russian. Plus, David and Steve bond over similar circumstances when it came to testing to become a part of the Marvel family.This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: WASTHERE) and Harry’s (www.harrys.com/IWTT).

Collected Stories Vol. 3: The Best of I Was There Too  

Once again Matt has lovingly pieced together a collection of the best anecdotes told on I Was There Too about experiences on the set of the Star Wars trilogy, Back to The Future, Die Hard, and many more. You’ll hear from Steven de Souza, Tom Wilson, Lauren Lapkus, Ahmed Best, Jimmy Pardo, and more on topics ranging from beating Michael Jackson for the role of Jar Jar Binks to down to the wire re-shoots for Die Hard. Plus, Matt checks in with Starship 1, the mysterious real person that auditioned for Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi to hear her real time reaction of the trailer and some of the moments from the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando.This episode is brought to you by Generation Tux (www.generationtux.com code: IWTT), Harry’s (www.harrys.com/iwtt), and Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/iwastheretoo).

The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy with Ahmed Best  

Actor Ahmed Best joins Matt for a jumbo sized episode of I Was There Too to discuss playing Jar Jar Binks in The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. Recorded live from Largo at the Coronet as well as the Earwolf studio, Ahmed tells us about the many stand in roles he played during the filming of the films, being pulled from the cast of Stomp in San Francisco, and contributing his own ideas on what the iconic Yoda lightsaber battle should look like purely as a fan of Star Wars. Plus, we find out if Ahmed really suffered severe burns from hot tea being spilled on his lap and if he really beat out Michael Jackson in a role during Confirm or Dispel Dubious IMDB Trivia. Stay tuned after the interview for a preview for an upcoming podcast mini-series by Matt entitled ‘The Complete Man,’ a spin-off of Amanda Lund’s brilliant podcast ‘The Complete Woman.’ Find it on Stitcher Premium.This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: WASTHERE) and Audible (www.audible.com/wasthere).

Kong: Skull Island with Marc Evan Jackson  

In a first for I Was There Too, Matt ventures outside his home to watch a movie still in theaters, Kong: Skull Island. He is joined by the incredible Marc Evan Jackson who talks about his role in the film as Landsat Steve. If you haven’t seen the film, shower, get dressed, get in your car, go the theater, watch the film, and listen to this episode! Stay tuned after the interview for a preview for an upcoming podcast mini-series by Amanda Lund, a follow up to her brilliant podcast 'The Complete Woman' entitled 'Complete Joy.' Find it on Stitcher Premium:  http://stitcherpremium.com/complete This episode is brought to you by Audible (www.audible.com/wasthere) and Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/iwastheretoo).

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).

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