NED, Nan Ryerson, Mary Pad discussed on Jim Bohannon


Again. Nan Ryerson, I dated your sister Mary pad a couple times till you told me not to anymore. Well, Ned Ryerson. Bang. Bing. So did you turn pro with that belly button thing, Ned? No. Phil? I sell insurance. What a shock. Do you have life insurance? Because if you do, you could always use a little more. Am I right or am I right or am I right? I would love to stand here and talk with you. But I'm not going to. Hey, that's all right. I'll walk with you. Isn't that fun? Isn't that funny? Isn't that good? That's Steven Toby lavsky, who is Ned in Groundhog Day, along with Rick Miller's who will talk to them both now. I want to start with you, Steven, just because we just heard your voice there. Do you have as much fun listening back to that as we do? Oh, it's one of those things that brings you back with every sense of your body. It was so cold when we shot that. It was freezing and was first up in the morning It was 6 30 in the morning when we started shooting that. And I was terrified. So when I hear those dulcet tones of these screaming across the road out there, it all comes back to me in that morning at Woodstock. Well, when you saw that script, did you see all the opportunity there that you were able to take advantage of? I mean, did that just look like just that passage alone? Did you think this is why I'm an actor? I'm going to sew no. Well, you never know. When you're working on a movie, you never know if it's going to be good or bad, even when you're shooting it in groundhog was certainly one of those. Because as it turned out, when we were shooting that Harold Raymond did not know what the day of the movie would be because it's Groundhog Day it has to be repeated, which means meteorologically it has to be the same day and we were shooting outside of Chicago in the winter. And so you know, you got everything. And we had snow we had sleep we had hail, we had gloom, we had sun. And so Harold Ramis took Bill and I and said you don't have a schedule anymore. Whenever the weather changes, we'll come back and shoot this scene in every weather condition. And so I remember Bill and I were running and I think it was the chaos of it all living through it. It was chaos, but kind of guerrilla theater sometimes could turn out to be the best. And for Groundhog Day, it really turned out as good as it possibly could be. No kidding. But are you also saying then that you shot that scene, for instance, in different weather conditions so that there would be a would not be a continuity problem? Absolutely. And so at the end and not only that in the script, if you recall, there are several meetings of Bill on the street and they kind of get shorter and shorter, a little different, that first thing is the longest. But there's one where built just runs through with me chasing it. So we had about 5 of those scenes in the script and we shot each one of those in different weather conditions at the end Harold Ramis had the choice and he said, I want the gloomy day to be the day when Ned and Bill meet Phil Connors meet and then at the end of the movie when snow starts to fall as to when time starts again. So it was crazy. But you never knew it was going to turn out to be that good. And it did turn out to be just a wonderful movie. You were in over 200 movies and TV shows and are still working all of the time. I was looking at your IMDb, do I correctly see thelma Louise basic in street memento adaptation, all of those you've appeared in all of those films, right? Well, I was in all of those films, but like an adaptation, they cut me out. They cut me out completely. Now, you know, again, you don't know was it me or was it the fact that they didn't have permits to shoot where we were shooting in a police helicopter was hovering overhead the entire time? And so the sound was completely, but I did get to meet Meryl Streep and she had to shoot me in the back of the head and there's no better way than having them giving them a gun with blanks in it and trusting them to not shoot you in the back of the head. It's a trust exercise. You say that in light of what's happened of late now. I wonder looking back at your career, none of us ever thought about the safety of guns on movie sets, right? And when I did, I shot in South Carolina and be Caracas studios there. I'm the very set where Brandon Lee was just killed. And he was killed by, as I recall, a blank, you know, a blank is not something that's harmless. It fires too and

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