I recently had the chance to speak to the fantastic Greg Garcia & Lucas Neff from one of my favorite comedies ever, Raising Hope. They talked about the return of Greyson Chance, the role of Jimmy, and whether or not Lucas is ready to be a father himself. Check it all out below!
On what attracted him to the role and the differences & similarities between himself & Jimmy Chance
Lucas Neff: Well, what attracted me to the role was twofold. One, I was really broke, and unemployed. It’s the best job offer I’ve ever received in my life. So, I’d have been a fool to turn it down. Then, two, the writing is really good. It’s especially good considering it’s in the sitcom format, which can be difficult to write for. And, Greg obviously has a lot of experience writing comedies for television. So, it, just seemed like a wonderful opportunity for me, you know, a gift from the sky.
And, then as far as similarities between myself and Jimmy, I guess sad to say, I think we both try really hard. But, we don’t always succeed on the first go around. We both have a learning curve. I think both Jimmy and myself have to learn to accept that we don’t always get it right out of the gates, and to keep trying and hope for the best, and know that we’re surrounded by good people.
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Last week, I got the chance to talk to Greg Garcia, Creator/Executive Producer, and Martha Plimpton, who plays Virgina, from Raising Hope
. They had just finished shooting 3 days in Vegas, so they were wiped out, but they were so gracious and fun to talk to, even with being so tired! Check out some of the great questions & answers below.
On Hope going from a non-mobile baby to a toddler & how that affects shooting
Greg Garcia: Yes, it’s tougher. You have to use glue. No, we’re learning actually. I mean we’re learning. We can still put them in a highchair and they’re happy and then now we found a little rocking horse that they like to be on. And we’ll start scenes with kind of a foreground cross of one of the babies, get them from point A to point B and kind of establish that they’re there. But the days of just putting them on a blanket and having them there are over. And the days of carrying them around are over if anybody wants to keep their back muscles intact.
So yes, just like real children—as they grow older, there are new challenges and then there’s new things that we can do that are fun. And then there’s new ways of trying to figure out how to get around certain production things.
(That was my first question! 🙂 )
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Lucas Neff and creator/Executive Producer Greg Garcia recently spoke to the press about their new show, Raising Hope, which premieres tonight on FOX at 9/8c.
Raising Hope is a new single-camera family comedy from Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) that follows the Chance family as they find themselves adding an unexpected new member into their already terribly flawed household. At 23 years old, Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff, The Beast) is going nowhere in life. He skims pools for a living, parties every night and still lives at home with his family, including his Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman); his mother, Virginia (Martha Plimpton, How to Make It in America); his father, Burt (Garret Dillahunt, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Damages); and his cousin, Mike (Skyler Stone, The Mentalist, Dollhouse).
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