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Every Star Wars Movie with Peter Mayhew and guest hosted by Ben Blacker!
While Matt is off getting married and honeymooned, I Was There Too will feature a special run of guest hosted episodes! This week actor Peter Mayhew joins guest host Ben Blacker to discuss playing Chewbacca in every Star Wars movie. Peter tells us about how a photo of him in a local paper lead to him getting the role of a minotaur in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, receiving a phone calls months later being offered a role in a little movie called Star Wars, his working relationship with Harrison Ford, the different directing styles of George Lucas and J.J. Abrams, finding the roar, and much more. It’s a must listen for any Star Wars fan!
True Lies with Tom Arnold
Actor and comedian Tom Arnold joins Matt to give us a behind the scenes look on what it was like working alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the James Cameron 1994 action film True Lies. Tom tells us about how he ended up bonding with Arnold and James in his audition for the role of Albert “Gib” Gibson, many of his ad-libs making it into the final cut of the film, and James making a reluctant Arnold do a dangerous stunt by doing it in front of him. Plus, Tom confirms some trivia surrounding the movie as he plays Confirm or Deny: IMDB Trivia. This episode is brought to you by Hello Fresh (www.hellofresh.com code: IWTT30) and Bombfell (www.bombfell.com/IWTT).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with Steve Agee
Matt is back from his honeymoon to interview Steve Agee about his role as Gef the Ravager in the 2017 Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In a I Was There Too first, Matt and Steve have a pre-interview before watching the film together. Among many great stories Steve reveals about his time on the film such as Stallone in the bridge chair, catching on fire himself, and getting beer squibbed.
I Wasn't There Too: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel with Amanda Lund, Maria Blasucci, and Sara Sposito
It’s another edition of “I Wasn’t There Too” featuring the on-set voices of the Chipettes from Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Amanda Lund, Maria Blasucci, and Sara Sposito. The girls give a sampling of their chipmunk voices before getting into stories about who they bonded with on set, drama between PAs, and what it was like filming on the Universal backlot. Plus, we hear about their problems with lateness before the Chipettes share what they learned from the experience.This episode is sponsored by HelloFresh (code: IWTT30).
Silence of the Lambs with Brooke Smith
For the 100th and final (for now) episode of I Was There Too, Matt finally gets to sit down with his long-sought guest, actress Brooke Smith. She joins Matt to discuss her role as Catherine Martin aka the girl in the well in the 1991 horror film The Silence of the Lambs. Catherine chats about having to gain weight for the role, reading with three different actors all going out for the Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb role, and how director Jonathan Demme made her confront her demons. Plus, Matt bids farewell (for now) to all the wonderful listeners!This episode is brought to you by The Jim Jefferies Show Podcast.
Deadwood with Paula Malcomson and Sarah Lund
Welcome to Deadwood! Paula Malcomson joins Matt this week to talk about the evolving, unwritten arc of her character Trixie, her favorite phrase of curse, and the tenuous future life of the show. Then, Sarah Lund tells the story of how she went from a background actor to having a bathtub fitting for her big scene. It's a tale of two whores. One, a series regular and tough as nails. The other a featured background player and fancy as a June bride.
Scrooged with Dick Blasucci and Co-host Maria Blasucci
Writer, producer, and Maria Blasucci’s dad Dick Blasucci joins Matt and Maria to discuss his role as the IBC Television Executive in the 1988 Christmas film Scrooged. Dick explains how his friendship with Bill Murray landed him the role and shares stories of their outings together during their Second City days. Later, Dick recalls working alongside the Solid Gold Dancers before hinting at an SCTV reunion in the works, and top secret guest Starship 1 returns to give a spirited take on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Halloween 2018 with Toby Huss
The incredibly talented actor Toby Huss joins Matt to discuss his role as Ray Nelson in the 2018 slasher film Halloween. Toby talks about director David Gordon Green letting him improvise, being attacked by fire ants while filming, and how his character might have turned out to be deaf. Plus, Toby talks about his other various film and TV roles which include King of The Hill, Cowboys & Aliens, and the upcoming series Dickinson.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind with Cary Guffey
In anticipation of the 40th anniversary, former child actor Cary Guffey joins Matt to share his memories of playing little Barry Guiler in Stephen Spielberg's 1977 classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Cary discusses what it was like to act in a movie before he'd seen one and explains how he earned the nickname "One Take Cary." Then, he tells the story of how he called out Richard Dreyfuss for missing a line during a scene, shares what it was like to be a part of the cultural zeitgeist from such a young age, and reveals the incident that made him decide to give up acting.This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: WASTHERE) and Audible (www.audible.com/WASTHERE).
IWTT Classic: Halloween with P.J. Soles
Actress P.J. Soles joins Matt this week to talk about her role as Lynda van der Klok in the 1978 John Carpenter classic Halloween. P.J. talks about why the way she said “totally” secured her role in the film, what it’s like to shoot a sex & death scene all at once, and her thoughts on her legendary death scene being recreated at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. P.J. also tells us her experience working with Bill Murray on Stripes, how she had to wrestle Rod Stewart for the jacket she would use for Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, and working alongside a very friendly Harrison Ford on the made for TV film The Possessed. Plus, filmmaker Jay Cheel of The Film Junk Podcast helps Matt face his Halloween fears on location during I Was Literally There Too.
In Voorhees We Trust With Gourley and Rust
Lace up your hiking boots and pick a bunk because your stay at Camp Crystal Lake is just beginning. In this free and full-length primer episode of 'In Voorhees We Trust With Gourley and Rust,' you’ll learn why Matt and Paul love the Friday the 13th franchise so much, what they expect to learn about themselves in revisiting it, and how they plan to tackle and assess all 12 films of the Voorhees family legacy. Join them on their journey to Crystal Lake, Manhattan, hell, and outer space beyond!For more In Voorhees We Trust, go to stitcherpremium.com/voorhees and use promo code 'VOORHEES’ for 1 month free!
Back to the Future Trilogy with Tom Wilson
Actor and artist Tom Wilson joins Matt this week to discuss being present (but also past and future) in the Back to the Future Trilogy as Biff Tannen, among other members of the Tannen clan. Tom tells us about finding a creative way to approach being asked the same questions about the films, which includes creating a handy postcard to present to anyone on the street that asks him the same questions over and over. We also hear what it was like for him - as someone who was bullied - to play a bully himself, being paired off to rehearse his scenes with Crispin Glover, and what he believes to be the heart of all the movies. Plus, Tom talks about being on a debate team with David Brooks of the NY Times, the inspiration for his ‘Pop Fugue' paintings, and various roles he’s played over the years including one of his earliest on The Facts of Life.Los Angeles: On February 28th there will be a LIVE I Was There Too at The Regent Theater with legendary screenwriter Steven de Souza (Die Hard, Commando) along with a screening of The Running Man (celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary). Get tickets at http://www.theregenttheater.com This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/IWasThereToo).Biff’s Question Songhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmjYimspW-4
Friday The 13th 13th Live at The Dynasty Typewriter Co-hosted by Paul Rust with Robbi Morgan, Melanie Kinnaman, and Shavar Ross
Matt and guest co-host Paul Rust are joined by actors Robbi Morgan, Melanie Kinnaman, and Shavar Ross of the Friday The 13th franchise live from the Dynasty Typewriter theater in Los Angeles! They talk about how Robbi feels about being the first of many deaths to kick off the franchise as Annie the hitchhiker, Shavar aka Reggie the Reckless not knowing he was going to film a horror film, and Melanie having to scream over and over again to get the perfect pitch for a scene. For more Friday The 13th discussion subscribe to “In Voorhees We Trust With Gourley and Rust” go to stitcherpremium.com/voorhees and use promo code ‘VOORHEES’ for 1 month free!
The Last Jedi with Noah Segan
Actor Noah Segan joins Matt this week to discuss his role as X-wing fighter pilot Stomeroni Starck in the 2017 film Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi. Noah talks about how he got the role, the origin of the name Stomeroni Starck and the connection to Poe Dameron, and becoming emotional while touring the Millennium Falcon. Plus, Noah shares how he became good friends with director Rian Johnson and has been lucky enough to be a part of his many projects.
The Star Wars Holiday Special with Larry Heider
Celebrate the true holiday of the season, The Wookiee Life Day with Matt and special guest and professional camera man Larry Heider who has worked on countless TV projects including the infamous and wonderful Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978. Join them as they discuss how this special came to be including what Larry observed behind the scenes and all the great photos he took along the way. Plus, one more special visit from Starship 1, the mysterious real person that did audition for Star Wars: Episode 8. All photos are property of Larry Heider and may not be used without written consent. All rights reserved
Inception and Avatar with Dileep Rao
Actor Dileep Rao has had the pleasure of working with auteur filmmakers Sam Raimi, James Cameron, and Christopher Nolan. Dileep joins Matt this week to talk about playing Yusuf, the dream chemist in Christopher Nolan’s 2010 film Inception and Dr. Patel in James Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar. He also comments on the validity of the Inception fan theories, being able to come to James Cameron with additions to his character, and how working with Sam Raimi on Drag Me to Hell was like working with family. Plus, a discussion on goat castration. Happy New Year!This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: WASTHERE)
Ant-Man and Prisoners with David Dastmalchian and guest hosted by Steve Agee!
While Matt is off getting married and honeymooned, I Was There Too will feature a special run of guest hosted episodes! This week actor David Dastmalchian joins guest host Steve Agee to discuss the 2013 thriller Prisoners and the 2015 superhero film Ant-Man. David tells us about being very grateful about landing the part of Bob Taylor in Prisoners, thinking he had actually hurt Jake Gyllenhaal during filming, and being thankful to director Denis Villeneuve for the opportunity to be a part of Blade Runner 2049. Then, David talks about the many improvised lines during the filming of Ant-Man, contributing to his character’s wardrobe & love of Elvis, and tricking Paul Rudd into believing he was actually Russian. Plus, David and Steve bond over similar circumstances when it came to testing to become a part of the Marvel family.This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: WASTHERE) and Harry’s (www.harrys.com/IWTT).
Dreamgirls with Jimmy Pardo
In another edition of I Wasn’t There Too, professional comedian and Never Not Funny host Jimmy Pardo joins Matt to talk about being cut from the 2006 musical drama Dreamgirls. Jimmy goes deep into how his role of comedian was offered to him out of the blue, befriending an extra while being on set for 13 hours to shoot his one line, and when he heard the news of when his role was cut. Plus, Jimmy tells us about being cut out of The Informant!, Bob Odenkirk giving him a push to do stand-up comedy when he still worked in a record store, and his time doing warm up for Conan.This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: WASTHERE) and Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/IWASTHERETOO)
The Running Man and Die Hard with Steven de Souza: Live from Alamo Drafthouse
Presented by the Alamo Drafthouse and recorded live from The Regent Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, Matt speaks with screenwriter Steven de Souza about the 1987 film The Running Man and 1988 film Die Hard. Steven lays urban myths to rest and goes in depth about both films including the unavoidable political aspects of the now 30 year old film The Running Man compared to today’s political climate and the ever changing script almost down to the wire of Die Hard. Plus, we hear a bit how the cult classic Hudson Hawk become what it is thanks to Bruce Willis’ input.This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: WASTHERE) and Hullo (www.hullopillow.com/IWTT).
Platoon, Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers and More with Captain Dale Dye
Veteran of the Vietnam war, actor, and technical advisor Dale Dye joins Matt to talk about how he became the military technical advisor for Platoon, Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, and more. Dale talks about his mission to meet with Oliver Stone to help bring more realism to Hollywood films, how Oliver Stone helped him get the acting bug, and whether the squibs on Willem Dafoe in Platoon were intended to work or not. Plus, Matt completes a lifelong quest to find out the meaning of one of the Vietnam phrases used in Platoon. Brace yourself! 
Scent Of A Woman with Jordan Katz
Trumpet player/banjo player/composer Jordan Katz (Drop the Mic) joins Matt and guest co-host Mark McConville to discuss being one of the students in the climactic school scene in 1992’s Scent of a Woman. Jordan talks about his experience watching Al Pacino reaching peak Pacino, getting scouted for the scene by someone’s mother who knew an agent in Long Island, and watching Philip Seymour Hoffman telling a whole room of teenagers to be quiet. Plus, Jordan shares why he was ultimately told to leave the set during the week of shooting.This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: WASTHERE) and Mubi.com.
The Empire Strikes Back with Clive Revill
On the second of three very special Star Wars trilogy episodes of I Was There Too, Matt is joined by Clive Revill who voices The Emperor in the pre-special edition 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back. Clive tells us about how director Irvin Kershner reached out to him for the role, finding the voice for The Emperor, and his thoughts on the final physical representation. Then, expert witnesses Pete the Retailer and Alex Robinson of the Star Wars Minute podcast join Matt to figure out who and actually what played the body of The Emperor during a new segment called Was I There Too? Plus, another classic Star Wars Superego sketch!This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com.THE ORIGINAL FOOTAGE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKtciRCVpFE EXHIBIT 1: https://www.amazon.com/Making-Star-Wars-Empire-Strikes/dp/0345509617 EXHIBIT 2: http://x3rxe5.tumblr.com/post/148866162957/all-hail-the-chimperor-prior-to-beginning-return EXHIBIT 3: http://boards.theforce.net/threads/marjorie-eaton-the-original-emperor.50033425/ EXHIBIT 4: See the pics posted on this page.
I Was There Too For I Was There Too Part Too with Matt Gourley hosted by Ben Blacker
In part two of a special two-part episode, wonderful writer Ben Blacker (Hex Wives, Thrilling Adventure Hour) interviews Matt all about his experience hosting I Was There Too. Matt shares stories about the dream guests that got away, how he puts his guests at ease before interviewing them, and more as they look back at the some of the funny, weird, inspirational moments over the years.
Twin Peaks with Eric Edelstein and guest co-host Steve Berg
Actor Eric Edelstein joins Matt and guest co-host Steve Berg to discuss his role as Detective “Smiley” Fusco in the 2017 return of Twin Peaks. Eric tells of how he went from being a fan of the original series to having a role in the return written specifically for him, what it was like to engage in Transcendental Meditation with David Lynch, and his experiences acting opposite Kyle MacLachlan. Plus, the three Drunk History vets reminisce about their respective appearances on the comedy program.This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon (code: WASTHERE) and Hello Fresh (code: IWTT30).
Star Trek with Brandon Adams
Background actor Brandon Adams joins Matt this week to discuss his role as a guy on the shuttle - aka Jim Shuttle - in the 2009 Star Trek reboot. Brandon talks about having his face featured right alongside the film’s stars in the trailer, the joke he made to J.J. Abrams that he thought would get him fired, and the lengths he had to go to in order to fulfill his NDA. Plus, Brandon shares the story of how he became best friends with Chris Pine while working on set.This episode is sponsored by HelloFresh (code: IWTT30) and Casper Mattresses (code: IWTT).
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Podcast Details
Started
Nov 1st, 2014
Latest Episode
Oct 30th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
63
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
Yes

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