Shecky Green Interview
Shecky Green appeared on the Charles Grodin Show on CNBC TV in Fall of 1995.
"Combat!" fan Jill Pochek provides the following transcript of his discussion
about "Combat!" from that interview.
- You were in the show "Combat!", the television series for nine weeks.
- Yeah, nine weeks. And the only reason I quit the show was because I was working in Vegas
at that time and I was making a lot of money in Vegas and I was living in Beverly Hills
and, uh, I had to pay for Beverly Hills, living in Beverly Hills. So, working on
"Combat!" was not paying enough to pay the bills.
But, we're in the backlot of MGM one time when Vic Morrow ... I'll never forget,
- No, I think it was Tom Kennedy...was the director [editor's note: the director of this
episode was Burt Kennedy] and he said to Vic, he said, "you want to do that scene
over?" And it was about 110 with the eucalyptus smell in the backlot of MGM and we
had all the extras goin' "well, let's get off this bus", ya know, and that was
soldiers in the army. So, anyway, he says to Vic, he says "you want to do the shot
over?" And Vic, who was a method actor, it took him 20 minutes to answer yes.
So, the scene was a guy gets on and we had just lost our BAR man, he was killed, and
the new kid comes on and Vic says to the kid, "Your name?" and the kid says
"Peterson" and then he remembers he didn't know the other guy's name and he says
"did you have a first name, Peterson?" and he says "Alfred, sir"
Well, they did that 20 times and finally I said, there's an expression in Arabic, and I
threw everything down and ran. I says that's the end of it. I went to Selig Seligman, the
producer and I says "Selig, I quit." He said "you can't quit 'cause the
whole show's around you and I'm going to get you your own show with ABC." ABC was
nothing at the time, it was just "AB", it didn't even have the "C".
And, I said I really don't want television 'cause this is not for me, I'm not making
direct contact. Not even with the director. He let him do it 20 times and I didn't get a
chance to do it.
- The repetition, the heat...
- Uh, and that smell of eucalyptus. How many times can your nose clear up? You know.
Then Charles Grodin brings up the fact that Shecky was making $150,000 a week in
Vegas at the time when $150,000 per week "really meant something"...