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.
I'm not even sure what Keifer's politics are. I have a vague recollection that he supported some Dem cause but nothing definite.
And Jack Bauer rules.
Wouldn't that be something?!
Yeah but you know that terrorist tie-in to the Heritage Foundation is still hanging out there waiting to play out.
This is the first season I've watched this show. The first several episodes were very good. But now, it's really become preposterous. Jack Bauer, the savior of mankind, has been in something like 10 gunfights and physical altercations in the course of 14 hours. I mean, doesn't he need a shower or something? But the thing that aggravates me the most about this show is the fact that the country is under nuclear threat, already town have been destroyed, and you're telling me that the CTU agents would stop to talk about their personal lives? Everytime Audrey starts folding her arms and whining I want to jump through the screen and kill her!! COME ON. If this is an indication as to how are CTU works here, I'M MOVING!!!!
AFAIK, Keifer is an American even though his grandfather, Tommy Douglas was a prominent Canadian pol who is credited with founding that countries < sarcasm> wonderful < /sarcasm> health care system.
OTOH, Douglas was a Baptist minister who had a mink farm so maybe he wasn't all that bad.
I noted that. Payback for slamming the Heritage Foundation, I guess.
I really appreciate how balanced the show is. There are good and bad of every type and stripe.
Let's hope that Stephen Harper-either in the next election, or the succeeding one-is able to restore a modicum of sanity to that country's foreign and domestic policies.
That's just the way 24 is. You have to suspend believability sometimes to enjoy it. After all, it's only a TV show, not a documentary.
THE SHIELD ruined episodic TV for me. It's so realitic that everything else just is too phony. Have you ever seen The Shield?
The flaming libs held control of Canada for about 70 percent of the last century and 100 percewnt of this one.
No, never seen The Shield--I'd like to, though.
Is that the cable show starring Michael Chiklis.
OK...do yourself a favor and rent the DVDs from the first 3 seasons and then you'll be caught up. I guarantee you will be mesmerized. We watched 3 whole seasons (39 hours in less than a week), we were addicted! It's not for the faint of heart, though and if you don't like profanity, sex and violence, stay away!!!!
I'll butt in...yes, it's stars the brilliant Michael Chiklis who is astonishing in the role of Vic Mackey. See the post below your last one.
For a minute I thought a 12 year old had taken over Rush's head.
Though to be perfectly honest, I haven't seen him perform too many dramatic roles.
He's the ANTI-Commish in this show: a dirty cop. That's why it's so astonishing.
I thought I was the only one that liked The Commish. That was good show. Hard to believe that Chiklis was only 29 when he got that job. He looked 49.
I agree that the love-story stuff is preposterous, but other than that I like the show enough to record it. I watched a few episodes last year, but they kept jumping from one cliff-hanger to the next and never resolved anything, so I got bored and quit watching. This year I've followed it so far, and they haven't lost my interest yet. 24 and The Shield are my 2 favorite shows. In fact, the only other show I watch is Lost, and I'm getting burned out on all the re-runs and unexplained happenings.
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