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Sein Off: The Final Days of Seinfeld

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Jose







PostPosted: April 29, 2004 3:24 PM 

I thought of posting some interessting bits of the book...

Jerry: I wouldn't put "The Finale" into the category of fun. After nine years, how do you say good-bye to the experience, the people, the accomplishments? It was one of those major life transitions, like the birth or death, where there's so much going on it becomes a little overwhelming. Human beings aren't designed to handle things so big. Emotionally, I just hoped not to get crushed, yet all the while I knew I would.

Larry David: I worked on the script for about a month. I started out thinking that I was going to miss the characters and I wanted to know where they would be. I wanted to have an image of them. I also wanted to leave open the possibility that they could come back and do the series, but just to perhaps give people some hope. You never know.

Michael: Kramer went trough a big evolution as far as I played him. When the show first came on the air, he was a few steps behind everybody else. I wouldn't know what the other characters were doing. In preparing each week, I would deliberately stay away from knowing the story lines. That way I would be surprised at seeing everything for the first time. I would always be trying to catch up. But in the middle of the thirteenth episode of the second year, I began to shift. I thought it would be more interesting to play the character as if he were a few steps ahead of everybody. So when I entered I already felt like I was on top of it, and then it was just a matter of finding out where everybody else was.
If everything about Kramer wasn't rehearsed, it was at least very well thought out. So when I finally went before the camera, I could let go and then all kinds of wonderful things could happen. It may have looked spontaneous, but I would always say, "Ah, a gift from the gods."

Jason: George got unhealthier over the years. Even in his deepest core of angst and anger, I admired his ability to step back and see the humor of it all. That was his healthiest and most endearing attribute. He did things I'd never do. He yelled at people on the street. I lived vicariously trough George, even tough he didn't fare well. I think that was part of his appeal. When people reflected on their own lives in comparison to George's, they felt pretty good. No matter how bad life may have been for any given member of our audience, they could tune in and see it was far worse for this poor slob. In a sick way that was comforting.

Michael: I always felt that Kramer was poetic and soulful. The way I came trough a door was somehow symbolic of how Kramer came to life. He swung into it. He came into it, fingers snapping, alive, swinging. It's what we all must do-take hold of ourselves, get into life, get involved, live. That sensibility became part of the attitude that governed this character. He was involved. An amazing kind of enjoyment dripped off him, and that's why I think people liked Kramer.

Jason: In the beginning, I admit, I thought Jerry was a relatively bad actor and a wonderful audience. He was always standing around on the set laughing at everyone else. I remember thinking, "Gosh, if this guy was watching out in TV-land we'd be a hit." Of course, Jerry became a better actor and remained the best audience.

Julia: I thought Michael was nuts when I first met him. I didn't know how to deal with him. He's very much in his own world, which is both his style and his strength. But now that I've been to his world, I can honestly say it's a good world.

Jerry: I missed the audience. If I could've seen the audience, I might not have wanted to stop. But I couldn't grasp an audience of 35 million people. I don't know what that would look like. I couldn't hear the laughter the way I can when I'm onstage in a club. Feeling an audience's joy excites me more than ratings. It's what I'm willing to work for.




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