The Odd Couple - Together Again
Eine grosse Sensation war sicher die Reunion von Jack Klugman und Tony Randall als "The Odd Couple". Am 24. September 1993 war es sowei. Der Film "The Odd
Couple: Together Again" lief am TV. Später erschien der Film auch auf VHS. Viele originale Schauspieler oder Charaktere der Serie kamen hier nochmals zu Wort, bzw. spielten ihren Part:
Jerry Adler (Murray)
Barbara Barrie (Gloria)
Garry Walberg (Speed)
Dick van Patten (Roy)
Penny Marshall (Myrna)!!!
Seine Krebserkrankung wurde ins Skrip integriert. Schliesslich konnte jeder hören, dass sich Jacks Stimme sehr verändert hat. Aber es war ein wichtiger Schritt. Der Schritt zurück ins Showbusiness.
Zur Geschichte "Together Again":
Edna, die Tochter von Felix wird in wenigen Tagen heiraten. Felix macht wieder mal alle Wahnsinnig mit seiner Einmischung. Gloria schmeisst ihn deshalb wieder aus dem gemeinsamen Haus, damit sie die Hochzeit in Ruhe vorbereiten kann. Natürlich, wie könnte es anders sein, zieht Felix wieder bei Oscar ein. Inzwischen gehen die Hochzeitsvorbereitungen weiter, als Felix rausfindet, dass der Auserkorene von Edna bereits zweimal geschieden wurde...
Infos über den Film "Together Again" (1993):
Release Date: 24 September 1993 (USA)
Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Production Co: Howard W. Koch Productions, Paramount Televisio
Bildgalerie Together Again 1993
Seit diesem Zeitpunt gingen Tony und Jack regelmässig auf Tour und bestritten gemeinsam Promo. Viele TV-Sender rissen sich um das bekannte Traumpaar aus der Erfolgserie "The Odd Couple".
Ein Zeitdokument von unschätzbaren Wert sind die Auftritte in der "Larry King Show" und der "The Early Show".
Am 23. März 2001 waren sie live zu Gast in der Larry King Show feierten ihre Reunion und machten Werbung für ihr "The Odd Couple"-Theater-Tournee.
Larry King Show - 23. März 2001
Hier ein kleiner Ausschnitt aus der Show:
KING: Did you used to tell him not to smoke.
KING: Tony, did you use to tell him? Because you are the most anti-smoking person I ever knew?
RANDALL: I think that's true. I think I'm responsible for some of the anti smoking laws, as a matter of fact. I didn't allow smoking on the set. But he would...
KING: You knew he smoked?
RANDALL: He would smoke off the set.
KING: Did you try to tell him not to?
RANDALL: Try to tell jack anything.
KING: Never worked.
RANDALL: No, no!
KLUGMAN: You should have seen outside the door to the set. You know, there would be 40,000 butts, people would hold the door open, smoking, watching for Tony to tell them not to smoke, then they'd put it out and go in, so everybody was smoking outside. They wouldn't listen to him.
Boy, am I sorry.
KING: Yes, you ought to be.
How did you two get this part? All right we all know the "The Odd Couple" was written originally, the Neil Simon play. It starred Walter Matthau and Art Carney. The film starred Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon. How did the television show come together, Tony?
RANDALL: I'm damned if I know, I really don't. Garry Marshall was at Paramount, and came to see me and asked me to do it. That's all I knew.
KING: You liked it right away? Let's do it?
RANDALL: No, I had to be talked into it. And then we had to find an Oscar.
KING: So, you were first, they hired you first.
KING: Jack, how did you get it?
KLUGMAN: Let me tell you, now I replaced Walter Matthau on Broadway years before we ever did this. So. when Garry Marshall called me, I thought he'd seen me do it on Broadway and that's why he wanted me. He said, "No, I never saw you." I said, "So why did you want me?" He said, "Well, I saw you in 'Gypsy' and Ethel Merman was singing to you, and she was spitting all over you. And I said, 'You know, that's a good actor, he's not showing that she's spitting all over him,'" That's why he hired me."
KING: And the amazing thing about that show is it wasn't a hit, right?
RANDALL: "The Odd Couple?"
RANDALL: We were on for five years, and we were in the bottom 10 for five years.
KING: Why did they keep you on?
RANDALL: There was a guy named Marty Starger (ph) at the network, and he liked us and he kept us on. KING: On ABC, right?
KLUGMAN: It was also cheap.
RANDALL: There aren't people like that around anymore.
KLUGMAN: It was also very, very cheap.
KLUGMAN: I mean, we couldn't ask for a raise because they'd fire us, and we had the whole thing, the whole show, license and everything, was $125,000 a show. The kids on "Friends" make more in three days, each one, than we made in five years of doing "The Odd Couple." That's why they kept us on cheap.
RANDALL: And certainly more than Neil Simon made. He didn't make anything.
KING: He sold it off, right?
RANDALL: He didn't realize when he sold the rights to Paramount to make the movie, that he was selling the television rights.
KING: The hit became in reruns, right?
RANDALL: And Jack always predicted it. He said someday we'll be back in reruns and they'll find out how good we are.
KING: And it's still running. We'll take a break. We'll be right back with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. Can't do better than that.
Das ganze Protokoll von CNN findet man im Jack Klugman-Forum
The Early Show - 12. Februar 2001
Am 12. Feburar 2001 waren Jack und Tony zu Gast im amerikanischen Frühstücksfernsehen für die Sendung "The Early Show".