If Craig T. Nelson had played his playing cards proper, he might’ve landed the plum function of patriarch Jay Pritchett on “Fashionable Household” as an alternative of Ed O’Neill.
A brand new ebook on the Emmy-winning collection reveals that each Nelson, 76, and O’Neill, 74, have been thought of for the function, and co-creators Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan, in addition to casting director Jeff Greenberg, have been caught. That they had an ABC exec toss a coin and it landed on Nelson.
Negotiations started with the “Coach” actor, however, in accordance with Greenberg, his reps started taking part in hardball.
“He wished star cash, and it wasn’t a star present,” he advised writer Marc Freeman in “Fashionable Household: The Untold Oral Historical past of Considered one of Tv’s Groundbreaking Sitcoms.” “It’s an ensemble present. I perceive from his agent that he regretted his determination. I’m not stunned.”
Levitan added that they started listening to rumors that Nelson was “a bit troublesome on set” and producers have been troubled by an interview he had given on the time to Glenn Beck, bashing the federal government.
“That scared us, frankly,” Levitan stated. “There was a scarcity of self-awareness there and compassion that apprehensive us. In the meantime, all we saved listening to is that Ed O’Neill is the nicest particular person on the planet. We determined to tug the supply and go to Ed.”
O’Neill, who beloved the undertaking from the very starting, instantly advised his agent to make the deal when he realized they weren’t casting Nelson.
His (agent) stated, “However you’re not the star,” to which O’Neill responded, “I do know that. I like that about it. It’s an ensemble. It’s extra fascinating to me.”
Lloyd revealed that O’Neill has stated to him repeatedly all through the present’s 11 seasons, “Chris, that is the most effective job I’ve ever had. I might have completed it totally free. Don’t inform my agent, however I would have taken this job totally free.”
The ebook concerning the beloved sitcom, which ended this yr, is on sale now.
A rep for Craig T. Nelson didn’t instantly return Web page Six’s request for remark.