Tag: Brian O’Halloran

TOTLB S20 The O’Halloran Experience

That first picture, was the end of what might go down in history, as the best (or one of the best) episodes that Thinking Outside the Longbox has done! We started off the day at Colorado Springs Comic Con, not being invited (or forgotten if you ask Frankie) to a low key house party. Once we were invited (after a pity invite), our friend Jack “Smitty” Smith told us that he would be bringing along famed Clerks star Brian O’Halloran! Of course, we’re big fans:

Upon arrival, Smitty introduced us, and Brian agreed to be on the show. We thought we’d ask him a few questions, talk about a few things, and let him move on with his night. Then, this happened:

I don’t know if you can tell or not, but that is Brian taking his first shot of the night with our crew. One shot would turn into three bottles of various whiskeys!! All of which, would culminate in the best audio, in one hour, that we may have ever had!! Brian was such a genuinely nice guy, and we can’t thank him enough to have spent some time with us. If you haven’t seen his work (how are you reading this if you haven’t) don’t be a fool, go watch the fucking movies!

Colorado Springs Comic Con – Cult Comedies

Cult Comedies with Shannon Elizabeth and Brian O’Halloran

It is hard to deny that two of the most important “late night” comedies of the 90’s are Clerks and American Pie (and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back).  At Colorado Springs Comic Con this Friday we got the chance to sit in a panel with Shannon Elizabeth of American Pie and Brian O’Halloran of Clerks. Both actors came out to a rousing ovation and regaled us with their times with Kevin Smith, what it takes to be an actor, and the best way to keep a crew happy on a budget; not to mention Shannon’s work with animals in Africa.

Both had kind words to say about director Kevin Smith, O’Halloran as a principal actor in both Clerks films, and Elizabeth from her role in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.  Brian talked about how during the filming of the first Clerks film Smith was much more interested in the dialogue being exact than for the second Clerks film, where Jeff Anderson and O’Halloran were given a little more leeway with their dialogue.  Shannon talk about how fun it was to develop the Justice character, and that Smith was very surprised with how much effort she put into developing the character. She went so far as to wear glasses, because, “Justice is blind.”

When asked what it takes to get in front of the camera O’Halloran was very matter fact.  He talked about how important it is to take acting classes. That one of the best ways to get really involved is also through visiting film festivals.  Like we say on our show, if there is something that you think isn’t out there in the market that should be, make it. He also talked about the ease with which a movie can be made now with reasonably priced cameras and even cell phones.

As far as keeping your crew happy on a low budget he said the key to it is having great craft services, and that they don’t need to be from the same place every day.  Ask the crew if there is a mom or grandma that can make one great meal, then see if someone else has a person they know that would be interested, “If you are going to ask them to stay for a long day, they should at least know that they are getting a great meal at the end of the day,” he said.

When asked about Clerks III falling apart O’Halloran was very candid about the movie falling apart.  So much of what made cult films like Clerks and American Pie so successful was the secondary video market (insert old man, back in my day, VHS joke here).  With the falling of the video market and the rise of streaming services that pay significantly less per stream. When the financials came through for the actors Jeff Anderson was unpleased with the amount that they we offered (O’Halloran said that the offer was “insulting”), so Anderson decided to back out of the project in spectacular fashion and that is what got Clerks III shut down, as Smith didn’t want to go on with the project without Anderson.

Set stories were brought up in a question, and Shannon had the best one from the set of Love Actually. On the final day of filming the whole cast was on set for an airport scene that they were all in.  Costuming had dressed her and co-star Denise Richards in the British equivalent of what they thought midwestern girls look like. While at craft services they were eating, and Hugh Grant walked up to them.  They were excited to meet him, and Richards said, “I’m so embarrassed that I’m dressed like a whore.” To which Grant replied, “Oh, my favorite.”

This was a hilarious panel, but it ended on a serious and positive note.  Shannon Elizabeth has dedicated herself to work with animals.

What started out as a rescue for dog and cats in the Los Angeles area, but after 10 years of that work she decided to find a way to expand the organization to help as many animals as possible.  She began to learn about the poaching crisis in Africa, and in 2016 she moved to South Africa to be close to the work of saving animals.

Everything that she had to say about her organization displayed the passion and hear that she has for what she does.  This is her true calling and a truly admirable reason to make public appearances. Be sure to check out what she does at www.animalavengers.com.

TOTLB 046 Mike and Ming the Comic Book Men

Hello, hello, hello!! We are bringing you the 46th episode of the Thinking Outside the Long Box podcast, from the floor of the inaugural Colorado Springs Comic Con!!
Holy cow do we spend a lot of time doing interviews on the floor! We talk to MANY people! Fish With the Top Hat, Boxes in Action, Jason Meents, and MANY more people!!
Not only that, but our correspondent on the scene, Matt, got the FULL press conference interview with Jason Mewes and Brian O’Halloran! The TOTLB crew gets to ask the majority of the questions, and the first one has to do with nudity. Don’t miss it!!
The most special part of this episode is our AMAZING interview with the Comic Book Men themselves, Mike Zapcic and Ming Chen!! Ming ran me down on the floor, to talk to me about my “Lucille” replica bat, and from that, a podcast interview ensued!! These guys are hilarious, and they are genuinely nice guys!! You’ll hear them give an awesome fan a few different prizes, and talk to a couple of others. When we setup this podcast, THIS was one of the interviews we wanted, and it FINALLY happened…………….
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