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Edward Asner Anticipates Grace Controversy

Edward Asner, in his second week of rehearsals for Broadway’s forthcoming Grace with Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon and Kate Arrington, doesn’t doubt that the Craig Wright play will elicit some controversy.  “I think there will be some people who hate it.  We deal with the God question quite a bit.  We question God within the play, but,” he adds, “I think that godly people will be able to find that it is a godly presentation.  I think it will create a lot of different discussions.”

Asner’s character is an exterminator who comes to rid two apartments of vermin.  One apartment belongs to a born-again Christian couple, the other to a NASA scientist scarred by a devastating automobile accident in which his girlfriend died.  “It’s serio-comedic – more serio than comedic, but the laughs are there,” says Asner, who points out that the play won awards during its L.A. run.  “I for one deny the existence of God, but I change my mind later in the show.  Not that I accept God, but that there is something out there.  The born-again couple have difficulty retaining the intensity of their faith, and the NASA scientist, who is bitter and ironic, is neither for nor against, by falling in love within the piece, I think he would agree that there is something out there, that is designed to take away our bitterness and make more acceptance of life.”

Grace starts previews mid-September with an October 4th opening planned.  We caught up with Ed while he was enjoying a celebratory post-rehearsal Jameson’s with Arrington and Wright.  When we note that the rigors of doing a Broadway show might have been too much for the 82-year-old seven-time Emmy winner back in 2010, before his hip replacement surgery, he replies that there might be some doctors who say he couldn’t do it now.  “But they’re full of crap.  I feel fine.  I work out every day…push-ups, sit-ups, elliptical or track. And I walk. And I look for sex wherever I go,” he adds mischievously.  “It’s harder to find these days, though.”

Asner’s in the midst of a work blitz that also includes an upcoming episode of “Hawaii 5-O,” the independent film “Let Go,” and the 2013 Hallmark Channel original movie “Two In” with Alison Sweeney.  “I finish this run at the end of January, and at the end of January I will resume touring with my one-man FDR show.”  So he has to stay in shape.

“As long as I get work, I’ve got to be able to fulfill it.”




Kali Hawk Busy, Busy Girl With or Without New ‘In Living Color’

Rising actress and funny lady Kali Hawk (“Couples Retreat,” “Get Him to the Greek,” “Bridesmaids”) is in the “Let Go” comedy with Edward Asner and David Denman, in addition to Tyler Perry’s upcoming “We The Peeples,” her recurring role on “The New Girl” — and the reboot of “In Living Color” that’s up in the air.  Fox chieftain Kevin Reilly indicated last month that, taking nothing away from exec producer Keenan Ivory Wayans, he wasn’t wowed, and didn’t know when – or if – the new show would air.

“People are salivating for any news on that show,” notes Hawk, who says there isn’t much she can say about it.  “It’s an all-new cast, so it’s a whole new show – with all the elements that made it great the first time around.  I think the show became known for its unbridled style of sketch.  They felt no need to be overly PC.  Remember Homey the Clown?  Well, this is every bit as unbridled – 25 years later.”

Hawk, who plays Shelby, girlfriend of Winston (Lamorne Morris) on the Zooey Deschanel “New Girl,” is also getting quite a few queries about her character’s romantic future.  “But I never know anything in advance.  In my perfect world, whatever happens with Winston and Shelby will be as unconventional as they are.”

She does know, “It’s going to be one of the coolest autumns I’ve ever had.”


‘Black and Jewish’ Success Surprised Rising Multi-Talent Kali Hawk

Kali Hawk

“Bridesmaids” actress Kali Hawk says she was taken by surprise by the instantaneous success of her hilarious “Black and Jewish” video with “Vampire Diaries'” Katerina Graham this past summer.  “It got a hundred thousand views the first hour it was up on FunnyorDie.  I think a lot of people responded to it for reasons we didn’t expect, and there are a lot more people of this mixed ancestry than we realized,” she says. 

The hit, a takeoff on “Black and Yellow” came naturally to Hawk, whose roots are African American, Native American and German Jewish.  “It was a pleasant surprise.  I got to bring out my Yiddish, go on radio stations and perform Yiddish rap.  My grandmother always spoke Yiddish in the house, which had this great Jewish vibe omnipresent, but I didn’t even realize it.  I didn’t know these words, like, ‘Move your tookis,’ weren’t spoken everywhere.”

 The internet was a vital force early on in her career, too — in a whole different way.  She was working on her music career in New York City, and, impatient with a slow spell, decided to try acting one day because she couldn’t stand inactivity.  She found a casting ad on Craig’s List, answered it and wound up landing a part in Todd Bridges’ 2004 movie, “Issues.”  Craig’s List!  Her Craig’s List movie also brought her to Hollywood, and “before too long, I was thinking, ‘I can do this,'” she recalls.  Of course, her background as a drama major at SUNY Purchase (before she was 16) didn’t hurt.

Now, Hawk has the indie comedy “Let Go” with Ed Asner and David Denman on the festival circuit.  She recently wrapped work on Tyler Perry’s “We The Peeples” with Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson.  And, come Dec. 2, she’ll be seen starring opposite Dane Cook, Julie Benz, Elizabeth Mitchell, Zach Gilford and Barbara Hershey in the thriller “Answers to Nothing.”

“It’s really different for me — a drama after doing comedy after comedy.  My character is a writer who’s struggling with some deeper issues,” she says.  “The stories are intertwined.  It’s a lot like life; it’s never who you think it’s going to be that gives you the lightbulb of truth.  It’s part of the magic of people, how each person is kind of a mirror of us, our outlook and our perspective on things.”