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Starsky & Hutch - Paul Michael Glaser Q&A

Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. Were you surprised that 30 or so years on, there was interest in making a movie?
Yeah, especially given that we were surprised that the television series has had the longevity that it has. It was extraordinary over that amount of time, so eventually it became a question of when they were going to make a movie.

Q. Looking back after 30 years, how much do you consider these roles to have been a blessing to you?
There are several ways to answer that question. First of all, what we came to be was an accident. That being said, we were all working actors, this was an opportunity that came along, neither David and I thought it would be a series. When it became one, we did the best that we could do under the circumstances. And we did what we did. You live your life and then just move on, you know.
Antonio: You roll the dice, you know. You roll the dice and you play the cards you get!
Paul: I think the thing that we find, all of us, is that the people we tend to celebrate, in media, or film, or sports, or whatever, people that given the circumstances or the situation, are able to stay present. We all know that we did the best work we could do when we were present, and we were fortunate that there was this opportunity, that we had this friendship, and we managed to hang on by our fingernails and stay present for a few years.

Q. The original series was a drama, and this film version is more comedic. When you first heard about this change, did you worry that it might show a lack of respect towards your work?
No, you have to understand that it's 2004, not the Seventies. The Seventies had a totally different set of sensibilities - not only in America, but in the whole world - and that sensibility allowed us to break ground as a cop show, and show cops in a more sensitive, and more multi-dimensional light. It allowed us to play on the elements of tragedy, drama, comedy, farce, and it allowed us to explore many, many levels. This particular film highlights their only strengths, which is their great comedic actors, with a great chemistry and a great past together. And I think they do a really good job, and I don't think that doing a movie today, and trying to capture all the things we got in the Seventies, would be possible. It would be kind of like trying to ask yourself to recreate the Seventies, in terms of the audience's sensibilities, and that's impossible.
I think we all have a tendency to look at it with a little bit of nostalgia and a little bit of judgement, and say wasn't that great, but if only they had, or if only, if only, but what it does accomplish is that it tips its hat to what we accomplished in the series, but it does it with a 2004 sensibility, and people have a nice time.

Q. What did you most like about what the actors brought to your characters?
Ben's energy, and he's a very good mime, and he really captured an awful lot of the mannerisms. When I talk about my acting, I tend to refer to it as the dance, and I thought he got the dance.

Q. What do you think of the continuing appeal of the series?
David and I could only guess that it's about the friendship and the energy that we have. When you get to do a car chase, and then someone dying in your arms, and then turn around and do a tribute to Charlie Chaplin, somewhere in all of that, something that happens is a little wink with the audience, which says that we're having fun here. And I think the audience have always chased that.

Q. Were any of you offered the chance to get into the Torino on the set?
Paul had lots of opportunities to get into the Torino and chose not to take one.
Paul: You know, I never liked the car. I submitted to its seemingly inescapable popularity. What can I say? The first time I saw it, I thought it was ugly. I thought it was ridiculous that undercover police officers would be driving around in what I called a striped tomato.



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