Damon Herriman, who recently played Charles Manson in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” called us up for a chat about his new movie “Judy and Punch,” a re-imagining of the classic story.Follow @bigwakeupcall
After a lengthy absence, Ed Begley Jr. called in to the show for a chat about Earth Day and what we can do to help take care of our planet as we take care of ourselves.Follow @bigwakeupcall
John Rhys-Davies called in to talk about his role in “I Am Patrick,” where he plays one of three versions of St. Patrick, in this case elderly St. Pat. John told a compelling story of the history of the movie and the Saint, gave us an inspirational talk about getting through our current situation, and finding the Word in troubled times.
Lots of fun chatting with Brian Baumgartner, who called in to promote his new movie One Last Night. We also discussed our shared experiences on our high school speech teams, the ubiquitousness of The Office, and how to handle multiple takes of eating snack foods.
Sherri Shepherd called in to talk about her new movie Brian Banks, where she plays the mother of the title character. We discussed how meeting the real people the story is based on informed her acting and how shooting scenes could get a bit intense. Also: movie snack subterfuge.Follow @bigwakeupcall
I was very excited to chat with one of my all-time favorite actors, Vincent D’Onofrio, about his new movie (which he directed) “The Kid.” After a brief bit of fan gushing regarding “Criminal Intent,” we discussed the film, and then Vincent gave me an impromptu acting challenge (which I more or less failed miserably). A fun interview with one of the greats.Follow @bigwakeupcall
John Waters dialed us up for chat about his new book “Mr. Know-It-All.” We also discussed our transitive property connection that totally makes us best friends, and then John tried to teach me to be cool.Follow @bigwakeupcall
The legendary William Shatner made his debut appearance on The Big Wakeup Call when he called in to talk about his upcoming appearance at the Rosemont Theatre on March 8, where he’ll be hosting a special screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, followed by a conversation and Q&A. We had a fun chat about re-visiting his films, thoughtfully answering fans’ questions, and if we’ll see a tour for the 30th anniversary of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (my favorite of the series…and incidentally the one he directed).
John Michael Higgins returned to the show as promised to talk about season 2 of his hit show America Says, now airing weeknights at 9/8c on GSN. John talked about what makes a good contestant, the new twists, turns and special effects this season, and whether or not I could be the loud, overly enthusiastic announcer.Follow @bigwakeupcall