Richard Speight, Jr. Interview with Support Supernatural

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It’s time to chat with everyone’s favorite TRICKSTER!!!!!

SupportSupernatural.com: Three questions – First, besides music and acting, what are your other passions in life?

I enjoy spending time with my family. I have two little boys – Steve and Fletcher. Those guys are a blast. We go to the park and run around, crank the stereo and have family dance parties, wrestle all over the house…it’s a hoot. I also love anything to do with the water – boating, swimming, body surfing, boogie boarding, SCUBA diving… anything but surfing. That, I don’t know how to do.

Second, if you could give any advice to the 18-year old version of yourself, knowing everything you know now, what advice would you give?

Find a balance. It’s easy to get too wrapped up in the pursuit of a dream. I’m not saying don’t work hard. If you want to make it as an actor, you’ll have to work very hard. It takes extreme amounts of focus and dedication to succeed in this business. But you don’t want to let everything else in your life – family, personal relationships, education, hobbies, etc. – fall by the wayside. Acting is a wonderful, challenging profession, but at the end of the day, it’s just that – a profession. Let it, like all jobs, take a backseat to the things that are more important in life and you’ll be happier for it.

Lastly, what is your favorite way to spend a day off?

The wife and kids and I love to go to the beach – preferably Laguna – and play in the waves. 

Lisa from New York: If you could write a future episode of Supernatural bringing back “The Trickster”, how would he come back and what would he do?

I think it would be cool if the Trickster tested Sam and Dean’s mettle by making them shuttle back and forth through time to take on old world ghosts and demons – like a “Supernatural” spin on “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” meets “Time Bandits.” The Trickster could pop up in various period costumes and snidely egg them on as they get thrown into battle after battle.

Another fun idea would be if the Trickster enlisted Sam and Dean’s help to take on…wait for it…another Trickster!

Angie from Illinois: I would like to know your funniest memory from filming Band of Brothers, since it is such a depressing drama. 

“Band of Brothers” was a fantastic show to be a part of. The subject matter was heavy, but the process was a blast – sixty actors from the U.S.A. and the U.K. playing war for nine months. I don’t know if I could pinpoint a ‘funniest moment.’ Damian Lewis accidentally discharging his weapon during a pre-battle safety briefing…Scott Grimes coming unhinged while trying to teach the entire company to sing in two-part harmony…Donnie Wahlberg mooning my platoon during a night patrol… Ah the memories. There were many, many funny moments, but I don’t think their humor would survive my retelling.

I can tell you this – I count several of the actors from that series among my closest friends. We still hang out. Several of them were at my wedding. Now our wives and kids are friends. That kind of bonding doesn’t happen on just any set or with just any guys. This was an extraordinary experience with some exceptional people. I know that isn’t a funny story. I’ll try to think of one for next time. Sorry.

Susan from Illinois: If your character, “The Trickster,” did come back, would you want him to be helpful to the Winchester boys…or a hindrance? And, did you enjoy working on Supernatural with Jensen and Jared?

Either one would be fun. There’s a lot of uncharted territory in the Sam/Dean/Trickster relationship. True, the Trickster likes to mess with them, but he likes messing with them so much that it makes you think he must have a soft spot for them, no? It would be interesting to see what would happen if someday he showed up to help get the boys out of a jam instead of into one.

As far as working with Jared and Jensen, I have nothing but nice things to say. When you walk on to a set like that, you are definitely the outsider. You’re only there for a week or two, whereas the boys and the crew are there day in, day out, and have been for several seasons. They work long hours week after week and see actor after actor come and go. Yet despite that, both Jared and Jensen were very kind and welcoming to me when I arrived – quick to introduce themselves and always made me feel like I was a part of the team. They are both stand-up guys.

Lindsay from Michigan: I see you were married right around the same time as me. Happy 5th anniversary! What has been the best part of marriage for you? Was there any adjustment period as you progressed from “bachelorhood” to married life?

Marriage is a trip. The coolest part for me is the camaraderie – having your best friend around all the time. Having kids certainly changes the playing field, but we’ve enjoyed adjusting to that as well. The biggest switch from bachelorhood to marriage was getting used to the idea of considering someone else before making any decisions – that, and the realization that I was going to have to get rid of my nude woman glass-topped coffee table. That hurt.

I also read that you are in a band! Which is more fun for you – acting or playing music and why?

Acting is. Why? Because I’m much better at it. I’m a hobby musician. I’ve always loved playing in bands in bars, but I could never make it my livelihood. I just don’t have the chops. 

Jennifer from Pennsylvania: It looks like you have been in the business for quite some time. Were you surprised at the laid back and homey atmosphere of the Supernatural set? 

Yes, I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t expecting a cast and crew of jerks, mind you, but I was impressed by how outwardly friendly everyone was and how much fun they seemed to be having despite their long days. It was a great place to work. Everyone I encountered, from Kim Manners to Jared and Jensen to the entry-level production assistant, was super nice.

Also, please tell us what it was like to guest star on Alias.

That was a lot of fun. My sequence was a very detailed special effect, which made it a unique filming experience for me. Somewhere in a special effects house in Los Angeles is a rubber casting of my left leg. How about that for a souvenir?!

Alicia in Maryland: I have been curious about “Mystery Spot!” Why would the Trickster put in the effort to teach Sam a life lesson? It was confusing for me that “The Trickster” would make the effort to help Sam get over his dependency on Dean, especially after the brothers tried to kill him. Is the Trickster somehow involved in the greater scheme of things???

It is possible that the Trickster is involved in the greater scheme of things – that Sam and Dean are pawns in one of his grand plans and that he needs to prepare them for what lies ahead. I think, however, what drives The Trickster to mess with Sam in “Mystery Spot” is less about wanting to help him and more about his desire to bring Sam down a peg. Yes, he is trying to teach Sam a lesson, but in a very self-serving way and, at least in part, for his own selfish reasons. The Trickster isn’t used to the kind of loyalty the Winchester brothers have for each other. He seems to resent how tight their bond is and has a real bee in his bonnet to see that bond break. When it comes right down to it, I think he is envious – and the fact that the boys can get under his skin like that annoys him to no end. Hence his desire to force Sam to experience life without Dean and make him face the fact that their separation is inevitable. But Sam won’t take the bait, and that really chaps the Trickster’s hide. So look out!

Either way, I LOVE the character for his snarky sense of humor and I certainly hope he shows up in future episodes.

Thanks! I do, too. I have a blast playing this guy/god.

Jane in Colorado: Richard, thank you so much for joining us in Chicago this past November. While we were there I got a promise from you (and you shook on it!) that you would finally sit down and watch Supernatural, and not just the two episodes you are in. Have you started watching, and if so, what do you think???

New Year, new TV viewing priorities. I’m going to begin my Supernatural watching experience in 2009! Ask me again next time and I’ll have an answer.

Pam from New York: Were you ‘pranked’ by the boys and did you do any tricks back? If so, can you tell us about it?

I keep hearing that the boys prank everyone. Sadly, that doesn’t include me. That is apparently a rite of passage I have not been subjected to. If I ever work on the show again, I’m going to be deeply disappointed if a flaming bag of poo doesn’t show up at my trailer door.

Kaye in Wisconsin: If you could write/direct a “monster of the week” episode, what monster/demon would you choose and why?

I’d pick Blackula because he’s so dang fly. (Clearly, I’m winging it here. I don’t really understand the question – I’m guessing that’s a result of my not watching the show – but all that’s going to change in ’09!)

Also, If you personally could go back in time like “The Trickster” can, who would you like to meet and why?

I should probably say someone like Jesus or Napoleon or Lewis and Clark, but the truth is, I’d like to hang out with Brian Jones, founding member of The Rolling Stones and the man who introduced Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. I wouldn’t mind meeting Jimi, either.

Heather from Maryland: As 2008 wraps up, what is your favorite memory from this year?

The birth of my second son, Fletcher Dobbs Speight – born April 21, 2008.

Melanie in Ontario: Are you currently working on any projects? i.e. TV or feature films?

I recently finished shooting an episode of the NBC drama “Life.” That was really fun because I got to act alongside the show’s star and my old chum from “Band of Brothers,” Damian Lewis. That’ll air sometime in January or February. I also do a lot of writing. Currently, I have a feature script in development at a production company and a pilot script making the rounds.

Thank you very, very much, Richard! 

No, thank you!

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