I never met Garry Marshall, I watched a lot of his shows in syndication, but I love some of the stories I’ve hear about him. For example, apparently he first met with Jennifer Jason Leigh for Pretty Woman…
JJL, “Wait, so it’s about a happy-go-lucky hooker with a heart of gold?”
GM, “Well, Jenny, you see, she just started hooking, so it’s new to her. It’s still fun and exciting for her.”
JJL, “Hooking. Exciting? Fun?!”
GM, “Yeah. Let’s just say she’s been doing it for two weeks, max. So, you in?”
Amazing, right? Almost next level. This from the guy that convinced us that the coolest dude was a 30 year old that lives over a garage, hangs out with teenagers, is friends with their parents, and drinks milk.
Next level shit, right?
But my favorite Garry Marshall story has to be from The Other Sister, starring Giovanni Ribisi.
GM, “Okay, Gio, now, in this scene, I want you to remember one thing. This is maybe the most important thing for you to remember in this scene.”
GR, “What’s that, Garry?”
GM, “You have to remember that you’re retarded.”
[… they shoot the first take…]
GM, “CUT! Whoa! Gio, come here. Yeah, okay, so you’re not that retarded.”
…and apparently he gave the same direction every day of the shoot.
Okay, yeah, I know, that story is probably not true but I love it.
Garry, thanks for the awesome tall tale.
Also, I’m at Comic Con. Find me and say, “hi!”