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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 024 37 Di….days of night

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Coming to you from the amazing, astounding, astonishing……………..Gabe’s basement!! We bring you the 24th episode of the Thinking Outside the Long Box Podcast!! Man, what an amazing podcast it is!!
Within the first ten minutes of this episode, the rails come off the tracks!! We bring you amazing conversations about the “adult” ovipositor. Oh man is it an insane contraption that brings much hilariousness to our lives!! Of course, as always, we talk about all of the awesome news coming out of the shows that are about to restart. Jon and Gabe also speak about some of the awesome books that they are reading, like Harrow County!!
Our first of three interviews is with Marilyn Ghigliotti!! She of course is most well known for portraying Veronica on the epic, cult classic, Clerks! She tells us all about how she got that famous gig, as well as the hilarious story of her finding out she will be in Clerks 3! She also tells us about some of her other current roles, such as Lake Erie, as well as her goal of producing some future works!! If you like hearing about the entertainment business, this is definitely the interview for you, and Marilyn is a great lady!!
Our second interview comes from the amazing Ben Templesmith!! What an amazing interview this was!! Right from the moment we start talking to Ben, the hilariousness ensues!! He is such a level headed and down to earth guy, that’ll make you just want to go out and buy everything he does!! He tells us about the ups and the downs that came out of 30 Days of Night, it’s such an interesting look at it from a side most fans never get to see/hear. He also tells us why it’s dumb for Gabe to assume that left handed people draw any different from right handed people……………..Don’t forget to stop off at 44FLOOD where you can find some of Ben’s projects, as well as store to find EXCLUSIVE Templesmith products!! It’s an amazing website!
Our last interview comes from local artist Jason Meents!! Jason does some great artwork, that is also super family friendly!! He pulls a lot of inspiration for that, from his daughter, whom he wants to be able to share his artwork with forever! Jason recently did a commission for Juan, one of the co-hosts, of Venom/Carnage, and it looks awesome!! You’ll definitely want to hear where he gets his inspiration from, and all of the items that he’s had commissioned!!
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