On cable, the USA
Network has mined a specialty ore on TV, becoming the home for
light-hearted and humorous detective dramas.
One of the most
popular of these has been Psych – starring James Roday (The
Dukes of Hazzard) and Dulé Hill (The West Wing) as a man who
fakes being a psychic to help police solve crimes and his long suffering
A week before the
fourth season of Psych was ready to debut; PopEntertainment was
amongst a group of web sites who were able to discuss the series with
stars James Roday and Dulé Hill.
I know that you’ve both played very different characters in
other things. I know that Mr. Roday had actually played alongside to
Maggie Lawson in
and Mr. Dulé you had a wonderful part on
for a while. So how do you feel now about playing comedy? Do you enjoy
it better; do you like doing horror or drama more? How does it feel?
I actually enjoy comedy; it’s a lot of fun. After doing seven years of
drama on West Wing to be able to come and work with Roday and the
rest of the cast has been a blast. It’s something different, especially
working with Roday where he likes to improv a lot it challenges me to
work on different muscles that I haven’t used before.
How about you, Mr.
Well, first of
all I just want to thank you for reminding me that I did in fact appear
in Fear Itself; I often forget that. Secondly, I would say I’ve
actually done a lot more comedy than I’ve done drama. It’s weird the
way that worked out, because when I came out of theater school I took
myself way too seriously, so it’s kind of ironic that I ended up sort of
going down the comedy path. But I think what makes this role special
compared to some of the other stuff that I’ve done is just the fact that
I’ve had the opportunity to live with it so long and sort of watch it
sort of grow and nurture it, not unlike you nurture a plant. And
working with a great group and an unbelievable cast and sort of having
the freedom to do what we do on the show sort of sets it apart from any
role that I’ve played, comedy or drama. It’s just been a special ride.
It’s been a special ride.
is for both of you; the show is known a lot for its kind of fast-paced
banter between your characters Shawn and Gus. How much sort of say do
you guys get in what goes on in the dialog, particularly between the
humorous segments and something like the nicknames that Shawn makes up
for Gus? What goes on with those types of moments?
Unlike, I think,
the majority of shows on television right now we actually have a
frighteningly high amount of say in what we do with the dialog. A lot
of times it comes in great and all we have to do is say it, but any time
we sort of recognize an opportunity to throw something in or add
something or if we have a better name for Gus than the one that came in
we just pull the trigger. We’re pretty good at monitoring ourselves so
that we only do it if we’re making it better, and it’s very rare that we
find out later that the people down in LA were disappointed because we
changed something. They’re usually pretty pleased.
Yes. And the names that we come up with most of the time
it has to do with somebody that we know, somebody in the cast knows or
somebody that one of the writers knows or a producer, something like
that. I would say pretty much eight times to of ten there is some
relation to the crazy name that Gus is being called.
What detectives, in
real life or in fiction, have been an influence for the characters?
You know what, I
go to this movie called Without a Clue that not a lot of people
saw. It was Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley, and the idea behind the
movie was that Watson was the brains of the operation and Holmes was
just this very theatrical sort of charlatan that diverted people’s
attention and got all the ladies. It’s a very, very funny movie that
not a lot of people have seen. I love the fact that it was sort of
rooted in the idea that these two guys absolutely, positively were
dependent on one another to solve a crime, because Holmes was sort of
the face of the franchise but Watson was the guy that sort of kept their
feet on the ground and did a lot of the thinking. That’s not exactly
what the dynamic is on Psych, but the sort of ying yang element
of it of there’s no way that either of these guys could work on their
own and there’s no way that they could accomplish what they were doing
without the other one is definitely sort of a big element of what we do
on Psych. So that’s my answer. I feel decent about it. I’m
passing it off to Dulé.
I guess for
myself it’s not any real template that I came in to with a preconceived
notion about like in terms of a previous detective team. If I had to
choose one I would say Cosby and Poitier in Uptown Saturday Night.
I want to say that would be the equivalence that I could think of, but
besides that there’s not really anything that I’ve thought about before
to say yes, this is what the template is.
just want to say the premise of the premiere episode made me smile,
because I’m in Vancouver. I just wanted to know what was behind the
decision to actually feature Van city in the episode?
I think it’s that
we work in Vancouver. We’ve been working—
Yes, it was an opportunity to finally not worry about everything that
was in the background of all of our shots. We actually could play the
locations for the actual locations, and make believe stickers and
Canadian flags all those things were good. And it was actually a lot of
fun; I’m glad we’ve lasted long enough to do one to do that. It was
And we finally
didn’t have to move our palm trees with this; we could leave the palm
That’s right; our three movable palm trees got an episode off.
Right. They were
tired, you know what I mean; the palm trees were tired. With every
episode they were …
We gave them a much-deserved break.
I have to say that I
really enjoyed the first episode, and I particularly loved the
Thomas Crown/Remington Steele reference and laughed pretty hard about
that one, mostly because the other day I was on Hulu and I actually
watched an episode of Remington Steele. So it just kind of made me
laugh. I really enjoy the pop culture references that you make in the
series, and I just wondered if you could be in any television show of
the past which would it be? Or if you could spoof a show as an episode
what would it be?
Well, my answer is one in the same. I would have given anything to be
on Twin Peaks, and if we last another season we will be doing a
Twin Peaks episode. So there you go.
Really. That would
be interesting to see. Dulé?
I guess for
myself if I could have been a Cosby kid.
Yes, of course.
If I could have been on Cosby that would have been great for me.
And I guess if we could spoof any show I would say maybe Fame; I
could be Leroy.
you could investigate anybody who would it be?
I think I might have to just really roll up my sleeves and investigate
Monica Bellucci and just make sure that she’s living her life along the
straight and narrow, she’s not cutting any corners in life, in her work;
just really get in there and make sure that she’s on the up and up.
And from my side
I would investigate Halle Bear, who is also Halle Berry.
That’s it; this is classy stuff you’re getting from us today.
It just seems like
you have a blast; the show is so fun to watch. And I was wondering if
the show is as much fun to shoot as it is to watch?
We have so much
fun up there. The cast is great, the crew is even greater, and we just
have a lot of fun. No one takes themselves too seriously; we all come
to work and we are pretty much getting paid to laugh all day. We sing
songs; we have the best singing crew in Vancouver. One day if you get a
chance you come up there and we’ll have them sing you “Happy Birthday”
just for no reason in particular. We sing “Happy Birthday” about three
or four times a day just because. There’s a really great bunch of
people up there.
And we don’t pay royalties for it. It’s free; we can sing “Happy
Birthday” for free.
At Comic Con you kind
of teased that
Twin Peaks would be this season. Is that not true?
That is not true, unfortunately. I think that something got lost in the
translation there. This season has sort of been locked for a while;
there are no unaccounted for episodes. That was us teasing with the
hoax that if some of our executives were in the audience it was like a
hint, hint listen to how bad everybody wants this. You have to keep us
on the air. It’s a promise; it’s definitely a promise that if there’s a
season five Twin Peaks will definitely happen.
I guess a little
teaser too Twin Peaks would be Ray Wise doing our show this
year. A little prelude.
That’s true. It’s a Twin Peaks prelude.
wanted to talk about some of the references. I actually thought it was
really funny the jokes that you made about
The Mentalist in the premiere. When that show started were you
guys like going, “Hmm, that sounds familiar,” and was it sort of fun to
sort of point that out on screen?
It was. No one is off limits when it comes to us, including ourselves.
We’ve made fun of our own sort of resumes on this show. As long as they
have a sense of humor over there I would think that they would be sort
of flattered and get a kick out of it. Obviously, it’s not malicious in
any, but it’s what we do on our show and if you’re going to go make a
bigger show that’s kind of like our show and get four times as many
viewers and Emmy nominations then you should expect to hear about it
when our show airs.
My question is do you
guys have a favorite episode to film or that you think is the best
episode you guys have done so far?
I like different ones for so many different reasons, but I can say that
for me personally, just as an actor, I think the most fun I’ve ever had
on our show was an episode called “Life’s Camera Homicidio” when my
character got thrust into the world of a Spanish telenovela and I got to
improvise in both English and Spanish. That was a blast.
Well I guess for that episode I guess Roday to be able to
improvise in Spanish he was getting in touch with his roots so he was
really excited about that. But for myself it would still have to go
back to “American Duos.” I just can’t help it, I just loved dressing up
as Michael Jackson and being able to do a moonwalk, have John Landis
direct me while I’m dressed up as Michael Jackson in “Thriller.” And
there was a crowd there, too, so you can’t really beat that. You can’t
really beat that. That’s one of my all time favorite experiences on
I was going to ask
you if you had any things that you could tell us about this upcoming
season, whatever you feel free to share either overall or specifics
about what we can expect this season.
James Roday: In terms of themes for episodes you saw that we’re doing
sort of an expedition Canada, catch a jewel/art thief episode, and we’re
doing sort of a Shawn and Gus save an old western town and everything
that comes along with that that you could imagine, including a grizzled,
gray bearded James Brolin.
Yes, we’re paying tribute to the Exorcist with our exorcism
episode featuring the aforementioned Ray Wise, who is just fantastic in
the episode I have to say. Just really came in and knocked it out of
Werewolf in London
That’s right, a little love letter to American Werewolf in London
and werewolf movies in general featuring David Naughton, obviously, and
Josh Malina. And lots of other fun stuff. I have to say I think we’re
kind of storming out of our gates this year with some really good
stuff. I think last year we stormed in our heads, but we were actually
like trotting at a casual pace, and this year I actually think we’re
storming out of the gates for real.
kind of follow-up on some previous questions, how many of the pop
culture references come from you, including the Chad Michael Murray
I would say about 99.9% of them do not come from me. Maybe
if there’s something in the ‘70s that might be something that I came
with, but most of the ‘80s references I have no idea what I’m talking
about. It’s not until after I film it that I turn around and say,
“Okay, now what was that about?”
Who were the twins that you knew that I had never heard of in “Tuesday
The twins? Oh, the Mowli Twins.
The Mowli twins. That was your 0.01% man.
That and what’s
the other one? I don’t even know if it made it to air, the Gil Scott
Oh, that was. That made it two. That made it two.
Gil Scott Heron.
That’s my two for the year.
Yes. Most of them come from the writers and then I throw in my fair
share as well. Chad Michael Murray became the target of some early
jabbing for us after I saw some interview where it was like a behind the
scenes of House of Wax and he was wearing a wife beater. It was
just a real serious interview, and I got such a kick out of it that we
had to have some fun at his expense. Hopefully he’s a good-natured guy
with a sense of humor.
How does becoming co-producers affect your roles on the show?
I don’t know what
Roday thinks, but from my side I don’t think it really changes that
much. I think from the beginning of the show the dynamic has pretty
much been what it is. Maybe say from Roday’s side he may write a few
more episodes, but he was already writing episodes anyway. From my side
I would think it’s more of a title; it hasn’t really changed the actual
working dynamic that much. Maybe a little bit changes, but nothing too
James Roday: Yes. I think, like Dulé said, the dynamic was sort of set
from the first season. Because none of our producers are up in
Vancouver with us it was just sort of a necessary thing that we take on
a little more responsibility to help the show sort of run smoothly.
They finally decided to throw us a title for it.
year they released two books for
and your characters and everything, and I was wondering if you were to
ever read those yourselves and you could come up with your own kind of
merchandise what would you like to see?
Well I would read
it if I had one and if I knew there was one that was out.
I was going to say it’s good to know that there are books out. I didn’t
Maybe I’ll try to
read it one day on the set.
I would have to
say a video game. I love video games anyway, so a Psych video
game somehow that I could play on Xbox or Wii would be great.
James Roday: I have to say I think the idea of a talking bobblehead was
pretty solid, and someone actually came up with already and did it. I
love the idea of little Shawn and Gus bobbleheads.
Which, by the
way, I have my President Obama bobblehead also. So when I get my
Psych bobbleheads it will be Shaun, Gus, and President Barack Obama
bobbleheads sitting on my counter.
I might give you Ichiro Suzuki bobblehead just so that you can add it
and it would be a quartet.
Without a Clue
is one of my favorite movies of all time.
Good man. Good man.
Now look I was wondering if you, James, had visited any
actual psychics in order to watch and observe them in action? And if
you, Dulé, being an encyclopedia of useless knowledge that oddly becomes
useful every week, is it anything like the way your brain works in real
Well from my side
no; I try not to fill up my brain cells with useless information. So
most of the time I’m pretty much just learning it as it comes in the
And for me I visited a couple psychics back before we shot the pilot
just because I was sort of interested to hear their back stories and
sort of how the power manifests itself. Of course you never know if
they’re legit or not, but there were some interesting stories in terms
of like physicalizing the gift. I was interested to hear does it ever
take over your body, does your body heat rise, stuff like that; anything
that I could steal. Of course I did not tell them while visiting that I
was going to be playing a fake psychic nor did they figure it out on
their own, so maybe that tells you everything you need to know about the
people that I met with. And I have to say, for the record, my favorite
line from Without A Clue is after Michael Caine pokes a dead body
with a stick and announces to everyone, “It is my opinion that this man
is dead.” So there you go.
What’s the one
question that you both wish someone would ask you that no one has ever
I guess I would
say that question you just asked me. It would be just a reoccurring
cycle just would keep going around, because then my response would be
the question you just asked me if you would ask me the question again.
Wow. That’s a tough one. That’s a good one. I love talking about my
fellow cast mates, because I think they’re all geniuses and I think
they’re all so talented. So anything that allows me the opportunity to
go off ranting about them and watching them work and what a joy it is
for me to sort of sit back if I’m writing or directing and sort of watch
them do their thing is a great question that I feel like I don’t get
asked enough. But that’s it; that’s the best that I can give you.
Which one of you is
the most like your character on the series or are you completely
I think we’re both pretty different. I do. I think that’s one of the
things that is really cool about our show is that we have as much fun as
we do, A, and B, we get to play characters that are pretty different
from our real life personas.
going back to someone’s previous question about useless information I
would say that Roday is more like Gus in that area, especially with film
trivia, ‘80s trivia. He and Steve Franks can lift off songs on an
album. I guess—
I have the trunk of useless knowledge.
guys have such great chemistry on the show. Does that come naturally?
I think so; I
think it comes naturally. From the time we first got together there was
a good vibe there, and we’ve had a cast that continued to grow with it.
I think even off screen we get along very well. The cast as a whole we
like hanging out with each, making each other laugh, going out having
dinner, playing poker, playing mafia. It’s just us up there in
Vancouver, so if we didn’t get along then I think it would show itself
on screen. So I would say it comes pretty natural.
I agree with all of that.
I just finished
seeing the premiere a couple of nights ago, and I couldn’t help but
wonder while I was watching is there anything, in your guys’ opinions,
that would cause Gus to say no more? Is there anything that Shawn could
do that would just drive Gus over the edge and Gus would just have to
take a stand and say no, I’m just not going to do that?
I don’t know if
there is anything that Shawn could do. I do think there is something
that Jeff Wachtel and Bonnie Hammer could do – if they say the show is
over they maybe might see Gus say no more. But no, I don’t think so. I
think they’ve been together for so long they’re like brothers. I think
a major part of Gus really enjoys going along on the journeys that Shawn
takes him, but just doesn’t want to come out of his face and actually
admit. He always wants to say this is wrong and we shouldn’t be doing
this, but I think he would go pretty much wherever Shawn leads him, and
I don’t think Shawn would lead him to far off the ledge. I think
there’s like a nice little balance there.
I think if there was going to be something that caused him to say that
it would have happened already. Shawn has done some pretty whacked
stuff to him, so I think he’s in. I think he’s in at this point.
Hello, guys. How is
your Friday treating you?
It’s treating me
Not bad. I woke up, I have friendly voices on the other end of the
line; I got nowhere to go but down.
which, a little bit of trivia. It’s a little bit of trivia. I’m
actually, after this phone call, I’m going to the wedding of Matt Cedeño,
who was on “Homicidio.”
There’s a little
bit of trivia. I’m going there this afternoon, speaking of Friday.
He’s getting married today.
I’ll be danged.
Awesome. Well I have
a quick question for you. I think there’s a danger in comedy when you
go across a number of seasons that you could become predictable or
stale. How do you guys keep this show so fresh?
It’s a good question, and I think part of the answer is that all of us,
from producers to writers to actors and everybody, is sort of hyper
aware of what you just said. You couldn’t have a group that was sort of
more acutely aware of not getting complacent, of recognizing how
important it is to not become predictable and to not get stale, because
it happens to so many other shows. And so when we go to break stories
and we’re on set it sort of pushes us, quite frankly, to not settle for
stuff that feels like it could be better and that’s sort of the way
we’ve been treating the show from the beginning. While it may get more
and more challenging the longer that we last the truth is we don’t ever
want to be considered one of those shows that dropped off after season
blank and then was just sort of on autopilot until the end. And I don’t
think anyone will ever sort of break in that regard; we’ll always
continue to challenge each other and make sure that everybody is working
as hard as they possibly can.
I think it’s very
easy to just to do what you think works. As Roday was saying, we keep
challenging ourselves to keep raising the bar, to keep staying engaged,
and even as the actors on the set to keep staying connected and staying
alive each time we do it. Then also I think certain things we try to
make sure we don’t run certain things to the ground, like Gus is not
going to run screaming out every episode. After you find yourself doing
certain things for a while you kind of say okay, let’s go someplace else
with it to keep the characters alive.
Duos” has to be my favorite episode. What was it like working with Tim
Curry and the rest of the guest stars?
Oh, wow, it was
great. First of all, just the fact that Roday and Tim Curry went into a
little back and forth saying, “No.” You couldn’t really beat that.
You’re working with a comic genius, a great actor, along with Gina
Gershon too, it was great. Then having John Landis direct, as I said
before, for myself it was one of the all time great moments for me on
It was a blast of an episode and it was cast perfectly. It was just one
of those things where all the pieces came together and you just sort of
sat back and pinched yourself a little bit, because you’re like I can’t
believe this is A, happening, and B, like episode one of season two. So
the planets definitely aligned on that one.
Hey, guys, it’s great
to hear some
Without A Clue
Thanks, man. Everybody should go rent that movie. I’m just putting
that out there, because that’s such a little gem.
I came up with a
little trickier question, because your show’s Twitter feed said they
were tired of hearing the same questions over and over again. Both of
you play characters who are more complicated than they first appear,
like it would be easy to play Shawn as just this grifting slacker but
there’s more to him than that. What do each of you think is your
character’s most difficult trait to capture and what moment in the show
has allowed that character element to shine?
James Roday: Well that’s very insightful and thoughtful indeed. For me
I would say the most challenging thing about playing Shawn is the tight
wire act between slacker and man child, and then also somebody that you
really do want to invest in emotionally and like every week. And the
line between wanting to rub his head and slap his face is very, very,
very thin. Walking that line and always knowing when to stop is sort of
the most challenging on a day-to-day basis. In terms of like a single
event that helped me with that I would say probably when we brought
Shawn’s mother onto the show, first episode of season three. We peeled
back a layer that I think by tapping into it has allowed that sort of
tight wire act to get a little easier just because you sort of saw a
side of him that was way vulnerable that he didn’t have complete control
over. Once we sort of put that out there I think it made things a
little bit easier in terms of the balancing act.
Dulé Hill: Just
for myself is one I don’t I guess get too cerebral with my character, so
I don’t really think about it too often. I guess when a question comes
up it makes me think about it, but in my day-to-day action on the set I
don’t really process it I just do it. I would say for me it would be
that Gus to not make him too nerdy but not make him too cool, because he
is a nerd. But at the same time you want him to be cool also, and I
think too far in either direction would change the dynamic of the show.
So it’s always trying to find that balance of cool nerdiness or nerdy
coolness or something like that. That would be my answer to that.
When I talked to
James a little while ago you kind of gave me the may or may not be a
werewolf episode. I was wondering if at this point there are any may or
may not things you would tell us about what’s going to happen.
Well there may or
may not be a continuation of the story that capped off our season last
year, "An Evening With Mr. Yang."
And there may or
may not be something big coming.
There may or may be our biggest guest star ever appearing on the show
down the stretch. And we may or may not be getting another dose of what
Gus’ hair looked like in the ‘90s. How’s that?
My question is kind of weird, but forgive me. If Shawn and
Gus went camping and they ran into a clan of hungry, angry cannibals
what would the plan be to fight them off? And would Gus’ wicked dance
moves or maybe his random knowledge come into play somehow?
I would say first
Shawn would probably try to do some kind of psychic intervention to lead
them on a place for much better food. Then Gus would come in and talk
about the nutritional principals of the food they were going to get
instead of the make-up of eating Shawn and Gus together. Because eating
the two of us together wouldn’t be good, but eating what we’re going to
go and get would be that much better. And somewhere—
I think there would be a diatribe about how dark meat is far worse for
you than white meat, which Shawn of course would take and run with until
he realizes that they’re doing a pretty good sales job on white meat and
now everybody is just looking at him. At which point Gus would have to
create a diversion, and you would end up with us running as fast as our
legs would carry us and probably screaming bloody murder.
Yes. At the top
of our lungs at the highest pitch possible.
You said what your
favorite episode was, but you guys have done so many great things
together on the show what has been your favorite like moment on the
Well since we’ve already sort of thrown out the “Duos” thing a couple of
times I’ll try to name one that doesn’t involve us dressing up and
singing at the end of that episode. I don’t know.
There are so
There are so many good ones, but I think back at some of the early ones
just because they were the moments that sort of helped set the tone and
define the series. It was a lot harder to come by moments like that in
the early episodes, as opposed to now when we’ve been doing it so long.
So I’ll say the scene in “Forgive Me Not” where we were pretending to be
doctors from other countries and spoke in the ticktock language to the
zoo doctor. I think for where we were in the series that was pretty
Yes. I would
have to agree with that; that was one of the classic moments. It wasn’t
planned to go as far as it did, and Bob Dansky just let us run with it
and it turned into that where we just were… I don’t even know how we
were communicating, but we were doing some kind of language to each
other that kept on going.
I wanted to thank
James specifically right now, because I recently posted pictures of him
grocery shopping in Vancouver on my Website and you made my site go
crazy. You’re a major sex symbol.
Thank you. I guess I was out of vitamin water huh?
So my question is at
Comic Con you guys mentioned something about a musical episode and also
there was a mention of a possible porn spoof. And so I wanted to let
you guys know if you did do the porn spoof I have a lot of volunteers.
Oh, okay. Tell
them they’re welcome to come join us.
I’m at the front of
good to me.
That’s awesome. Thank you.
So the musical
episode—are you guys really going to do a musical?
I would say yes. If we can last a little bit longer you’ll definitely
get a musical episode before all is said and done.
In the new episode
you work with Cary Elwes. What was that like and were there any Dread
Pirate Roberts jokes going on?
We went pretty light on him. We went pretty light on him with The
Princess Bride jokes. He came in and he was very focused and he
wanted to do a really good job. He had given his character a lot of
thought, and that was sort of enough for us, I think, just seeing an
actor of that caliber come in and be definitely sort of concerned and
tuned in as he was. I mean don’t get me wrong; we had a great time with
him and he was a blast to work with, but we didn’t rib him too much.
In season three we
got to see a lot more of the serious side of the characters. Are we
going to get more of that in season four?
Yes, a little bit. You don’t ever want to go too far in that direction,
because I think people have plenty of shows that they watch to watch
people be serious. I think at the end of the day it’s always going to
be important for us to mostly deliver what has made us successful, but
there will definitely be episodes this year where you see us flip our
serious switches. Gus has a serious jackal switch where it’s still a
jackal but it’s a serious jackal.
Yes. That will
have to make its way out some time this year.
What has it been like
to be on USA Network, and I was wondering if you think kind of there’s
any big differences being on cable? And also, kind of related to that,
do you guys ever feel like you’re kind of in friendly competition with
newer series, other multiple of detective, spy, comedy series?
From my side I
think it’s great on USA. They really take the time to nurture their
shows, they give you the chance to grow, and they give you the freedom
to try different things. I would say everyone over there at USA, Jeff
Wachtel, Bonnie Hammer, they all are very brilliant at what they do and
they know what works. They know what works for their network and their
track record proves it. In terms of like feeling in competition I
myself don’t. I always feel that your journey is your journey and
what’s good for one is good for all. If the network is doing well then
it’s great for all of us, so if they have a show that comes and
premieres well great; that makes us that much more stronger. As long as
we can hold down our spot then I think we can keep going along for a
Yes. I think what we do is fairly unique on Psych, and we just
have to keep doing that because that’s what got us where we are. So you
can’t really worry about any other show, whether it’s on USA or not.
You have to stay true to yourselves and hope that people keep watching,
and in the meantime just be, like Dulé said, just be happy for the
family because it seems like everything they churn out right now turns
I don’t have any
zombie or porn questions, but now that you’ve had your first experience
at Comic Con how was it for you guys? I know it was great for us fans
to see you, but how did you enjoy Comic Con?
I actually loved it. I wished that I wasn’t so tired,
because we had worked the night before in Vancouver and we flew down to
LA I guess Wednesday and then I got up and flew to Comic Con Thursday
morning. I was pretty exhausted, so I wish I had more energy to be able
to walk around. I’m hoping to be able to go back next year and make
sure I get some rest. But I enjoyed it. It was great being there with
all the fans and seeing people’s reactions. I enjoyed seeing the
different outfits that I did see. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to do it
for many more years.
Yes, I was absolutely blown away. I mean working up in Vancouver, to an
extent, sort of puts us in a bubble. To be able to come face-to-face
with our fans and see their reaction I felt like the fourth Jonas
Brother and I feel like Dulé was the fifth black Jonas Brother. Even
though it was only for an hour it was just an overwhelming, heartwarming
response. I don’t want to go as far as to say it’s like a validating
thing, but you really sort of felt for a moment there like wow what
we’re doing is connecting with people, and that’s the best feeling you
can have as an artist for sure.
Well this question is
for both of you. If you had the opportunity to choose some music for a
Psych soundtrack what are a few tracks that would make the cut?
For a Psych
“Shout” would be on there.
Dulé Hill: “Shout”
would be on there. I guess I would say “Pass the Dutchie” by Musical
Youth. Oh, “Man in the Mirror.”
James Roday: “Man in the Mirror.” I would give Priscilla Ahn a shout
What’s that one
where it goes ahhh, it’s a Hall and Oates one, “I’ll do anything that
you want me to.”
“I Can’t Go For That.”
And Priscilla Ahn’s “A Good Day.” That’s the song that played when
Lassiter broke up with his ex-wife. That probably should be on there.
Maybe at the end.
If people haven’t
started watching Psych yet why should they tune in now?
Well there’s so
much serious stuff going on in the world I think it’s a great show to
come and sit back, put your feet up, and laugh for a little bit; just
clear your minds. I think anyone who comes and watches this show
definitely laughs out loud at least once, so if you’re looking to just
step away from all the stress for a second then I would say check out
Psych. You know we’re like kids in a candy store, and it kind of
brings people back to a time in their youth when people just dared to do
anything, and that’s what we do on Psych.
There are so few rules that we have to follow in terms of making this
show. I don’t think there are a lot of other shows out there where one
week you’re wearing chaps and spurs and riding a horse and the next week
you’re running from a potato sack headed killer chasing you into the
woods with a machete, and yet you’re still laughing both times. I think
it’s a pretty unique little hybrid; it has something for everyone.
I’m going to go back
episode. You wrote that, James. Right?
Yes. I co-wrote that with my best friend Todd Harthan.
Can you talk more
about it? It was my favorite movie of all time. And is John Landis
Wow. I’m right there with you; it’s definitely one of my favorite
movies of all time. The original plan was to have Landis direct it for
obvious reasons. He is off directing a feature in England right now.
So we got the incomparable Andrew Bernstein to step in in his place, who
did a fantastic job, who Dulé has known since his West Wing
days. It’s not unlike “Tuesday the 17th”; it’s an
episode that needs to sort of stand on its own feet, but will definitely
have moments where we’re winking and nodding and proclaiming our love
for the original. But it has its own little story and its own little
twists and turns. Just having David Naughton on set was enough for me,
because I got to pick his brain for the better part of a week and ended
up getting a signed picture of him mid-transformation with the elongated
torso reaching up at me. That’s getting framed and going on a wall.
How has the success
of this show changed your life?
Well for myself
it hasn’t really changed that much, because I had come from the West
Wing before. So West Wing had more of a bigger change in
terms of my daily life than going from West Wing to Psych.
The only thing I would say there’s more fans, because the audience is
different. But in terms of regular life I wouldn’t say it’s that much.
I guess doing the show has changed my life because I’m in Vancouver six
months out of the year. So you’re kind of battling that being settled
in one place, because by the time that I come home and I get settled in
LA and used to being home and having my home life I now have to go back
to Vancouver and live six months up there. But there are worse things I
can be going through, so I’m not complaining at all.
My socks and underwear don’t have holes in them anymore. That was a big
deal for me.
I just wanted to know
with your vast knowledge about show biz basically and obviously you’ve
done some work on writing before, would you guys think about anything in
the future that you would like to possibly write or direct? Maybe a new
knock on wood, because I really loved that show too.
Well in terms of writing, I think in the future you will
see me writing something called Nothing; it will be a blank piece of
paper with nothing written on it, because I have no ambition to write so
that’s not going to be happening. I’ll leave all that up to James Roday.
Yes. I feel like this have been an invaluable sort of experience for
me, because I’ve managed to kind of cut my teeth doing all of the things
that I do aspire to do. Hopefully by the time this show has a long and
successful run I’ll have sort of banked enough stuff to sort of go out
there and get myself another gig writing or directing. I can tell you
that when we do the Twin Peaks episode it will probably either be
myself or Steve Franks directing, and the two of us will certainly write
it because I don’t think anyone else knows half as much about that show
as we do. So I don’t think we would feel comfortable handing it off,
unless David Lynch wanted to come in and direct, in which case we’d make
You’ve had a ton of
fantastic guest stars. Who would you like to see on the show and who do
you think they would play?
My answer is going to stay the same until we get him on. The answer is
David Bowie, and anybody he wants is whom he will play.
And for myself I
would like to get someone like Chris Tucker on the show. It would be
great if he could play some kind of, I mean he could play anybody he
wanted to also, but he could play some kind of relative of mine or
something. It would be a lot of fun.
James Roday: I think David Bowie could also play David Bowie if he
wanted to, and Shawn and Gus could just have an episode where they hung
out with David Bowie.
I think David
Bowie could play Mr. Guster in season five.
There you go —
because we change my dad all the time. Like dude, your daddy is David
Bowie. … is not showing.
James Roday: That would be fantastic.
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