Saturday, April 21, 2012


"What's it like, John, playing Grandpa on the television sitcom, "The Middle?" Emily asks.

John's answer surprises Em. She likes him playing leading roles -- the Grandfather part is definitely not a leading role. She assumed that playing a small role might be sort of boring.

John loves working on the show. He likes the cast -- they connect with each other and it feels like a real family to him. The somewhat codgery old Grandpa that he's playing is easy to play -- he has fun with the plot problems the show's writers provide for him.

John explains how the atmosphere for a television show or a movie is set by the leading characters, the "stars." In "The Middle," leading lady Patricia Heaton's warmth pervades and sets the tone for everyone.

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