“A lot of times I will keep tilting forward because I enjoy the feeling, I enjoy the adrenaline rush. But it’s beyond the moment that deserved the bon ami. I will keep wanting to–like an addict–keep that good feeling going. Then I keep going in that search for feeling good, and I’ll get into unreal, inauthentic places. That happens in life and it also happens in my acting. Luckily, when I was 40, I finally matured and was willing to tell the truth and look at myself.” – Ted Danson, episode 171 on Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso
A self-described “contract player”, Ted Danson has been a staple on television for the past 40 years. Cheers. Becker. Bored to Death. Damages. Curb Your Enthusiasm. In that time he’s been, at least for me, a stabilizing force. A welcomed, recurring presence. On the heels of The Good Place‘s final season, Danson takes this unusual moment of ours to slow down and reflect. We discuss how his love of basketball translated into his love of acting; his memories of making Body Heat; the enduring influence of James Burrows; his evolving relationship with Sam Malone and Cheers; and the long, winding journey to stop “pretending to be Ted and tell the truth.”
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