Skip to comments.Rush Visits Set Of 24 ("Folks, it was a huge shock ... I had so much fun.")
Posted on 04/19/2005 2:39:42 PM PDT by silent_jonny
... I went out to the set and the offices of the Fox hit TV show 24 of which I've become a huge fan.
I only heard of the show late last season but it wasn't enough time to watch it, so I started watching it from the beginning this year, and when it was time to go to Afghanistan I bought all three previous seasons on DVD and took them on the airplane and I watched on the way over there 18 episodes, bam, bam, bam, just got hooked. I mean, there's no commercials in the DVD, so I didn't even have time to go to the bathroom. Well, I did, I hit the pause button but I'm just trying to illustrate how I couldn't tear myself away. After the trip to Afghanistan was over on the way back home I watched the remaining six episodes of season one and got as many in on season two as possible. I mentioned this when I got back, that I had watched all these episodes, and it turns out that the creator and producer of the program, a guy named Joel Surnow, happens to be a huge fan of this program, a longtime fan. I am one of his idols. So he calls, "If you're ever out here, come by, we'd love to show you how we do our magic." So I took him up on it. I went out there yesterday, got there about 2:30 and left at 10:30. They were still shooting scenes, working on the last two episodes of the year, still shooting scenes about ten, 10:30 when I had to tear myself away.
If you're watching on the Dittocam you see this smoke jacket, what an appropriate day to have a smoking jacket and to wear one. This was given to me by the crew at 24, and it's got the 24 logo here on the left-front pocket. It was so much fun, these guys, I'm telling you, folks, there's a movement going on out in Hollywood that stunned me. I mean, there were hundred people there, in and out, a big party, and they did it in my honor. It was just so much fun. The thing started at four o'clock, it was a smoking room party and they had all kinds of people from the show, from outside the show, that came in. It was actors and actresses on the show who had been killed off but can't tear themselves away from the set, they keep coming back. It was just a hoot. Everybody dons their smoking jackets and lights up, sits around, snacks and so forth, pictures galore. I got to sit in on a casting session. They're casting a couple of lead female roles for next season, got to see how that's done. But these guys are all conservatives. You know, in fact Vince Flynn, the great novelist Vince Flynn has been hired just for the past two weeks, he's trying to help them come up with story lines for next season, but Vince is such a groupie of mine, he didn't help them yesterday with any story lines; he was too busy talking me and asking me questions about myself and the radio -- I'm kidding about him being a groupie. He's a big fan. They all were.
Folks, it was a huge shock, I'm out there in Hollywood, and, you know, when I show up normally where there's a security guard, I have to have a bodyguard to protect me from the security guard when it's in Hollywood. But this guy was waiting for a football for me to autograph. The eight hours just zoomed by. I watched a couple scenes, actually four or five scenes being shot as they're trying to wrap up this season. But it was just a tremendous, tremendous good time. And I can't thank them enough for all of the courtesy that they showed and the kindness out there. It was once in a lifetime trip. A lot of pictures taken from it, and when I get those pictures, we will post a whole bunch of them on the website. And they should be coming in rather soon because they were all digital. There was a person doing nothing but taking pictures out there for this thing. They did it up right. Just an amazing thing. It's the only Hollywood set I have ever been on that's actually bigger than what it looks like. It's huge if you watch this show, and most everybody does.
I've got to tell you something that happened, the funniest thing happened at the smoke party last night at the set of 24. They brought in this babe to be a bartender. She was about 5'12", and might have weighed I'm guessing below the waste, maybe 50 pounds, above the waist another 50, maybe 75, if you get my drift out there. I walked up there, grabbed a Diet Coke, go back and resume conversations, travel around, go to different room, come back. The last time I went to the bar I said, "Could I get another Diet Coke from you?" She said, "What's my name?" She had been introduced to me when she first arrived. She said, "If you don't remember my name, if you can't come up with my name, I'm not getting you anything." So I looked around, there was nobody there that I could ask, so I just said, "Lavern." "Do I look like a Lavern to you?" "Well, what does a Lavern look like? I thought it was Lavern." So I started guessing names and she'd hold the drink out to me, this tall glass of Diet Coke, and as I said each name she's pull it away. (Laughing) I mean, just a flat out tease. She finally told me her name was Joni and made me pour it myself, and I still enjoyed it! I still had a good time.
Opining for the 'good ole days'.
(he really is an idiot)
He is former President Palmer. He was POTUS for the last two seasons.
They're are many newcomers to 24 (a lot of them Freepers) who tuned into the show because it was hyped by Glen Beck and Michael Savage at the beginning of the year. I don't know what they were expecting, but 24 is just a TV show--it's written entertainment, like you said. It's not intended to be a documentary or an exposé, which seems to have disappointed some to the point that they will gladly mock anyone who enjoys the show.
LOL! I held my breath when he asked him to step into the other room.
Hey, all I want to do is talk to him, you are gonna have to trust me, okay.
Second, it seems pretty clear that Vic is going to have to "off" Shane, because he's out of control and Vic can't allow him to live.
Third, I don't see the tension between Vic and Glenn Close, and trying to make CCH Pounder into the "bad guy" isn't working.
These are great writers, and they may well tie all these up. I'm waiting.
I've been a huge fan of this show since the beginning of season 1.
Have also noticed a few glitches in the story this year but what the heck, it's still the only good show on TV. LOVE IT!!
They just need a FReeper consultant. ;-D
I don't know about that. That comment about losing track of the nuclear tanker in the "mountains" of Illinois/Iowa really cracked me up and made the show lose a bit of believability.
Althought the new prez on "24" is pretty close to a do-nothing himself.
I know what you are saying, because the VP is a deer in the headlights as of this point. But in the face of two terrorist attacks earlier in the day and a warhead in the possession of the terrorists as the next day begins, he HAS to make a decision about what to do to protect the country; that's his first concern. He can't say "We can't do anything to stop it unless we are sure an innocent party won't be inconvenienced."
OTOH, The "Amnesty Globals" think about protecting the Constitutional "rights" of the people who are suspected of taking actions that could make the Constitution irrelevant.
That was the line that got me hooked!
I haven't watched the show. Are the bad guys still Muslim terrorists, or have they discovered the "evil middle-aged white guy" behind it all yet?
Before Jack made the connection and asked the question, I was yelling at the TV, "Hey folks, how did the attorney know that the perp was there? Why are you so incurious about that?"
We just started watching the show this season. We've gotten the DVDs from Netflix, and have watched both the first and second seasons. The first disc of Season 3 is due to arrive tomorrow!
BTW, I worry about Rush, sometimes. I have no idea what he wanted to convey by that barmaid story, but I am sure he would not be happy with what he did in fact convey. Sometimes his "harmless little fuzz ball" tag seems more appropriate than at others. OK, I don't mean that as an attack, just a genunine concern for someone I do find good to listen to whenever I can. He is an important personage for us, and I dont want to see him fall victim to another sad story like the one from his Florida home.
I have never liked Jimy Smits, going all the way back to LA Law.
I met his brother, John, a few years ago, when our youngest was attending classes to prepare for First Communion. John's daughter was in the same class. He was laughing about Denis's production company, The Twelve Apostles. Their mom thought it was so nice that Denis named his company after Jesus's disciples. John said he Denis named it for the leadership of the IRA, which called itself The Twelve Apostles, but they didn't tell their mom that. ;o)
I think that what some who are watching for the first time don't realize is that the show, by it's nature, will have loose-ends. Not every plot will be resolved inside a 24 hour period. To me, that makes it all the more intriguing.
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