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Wild Times Ahead on ‘Hung’ for Actress/Comic Jill Jacobson

Jill Jacobson

“People assume that I’m one of the ladies who have sex with Thomas Jane,” reports actress and comedian Jill Jacobson, speaking of her upcoming role on HBO’s “Hung.”  “Everyone’s confused.  My relatives in New York are going, ‘You’re too young to be Thomas Jane’s mother’…’What do you mean you’re the pimp’s mother?’  Nothing is making sense.  I just say, ‘Watch the show and you’ll see.” 

 In fact, Jacobson and Jay Thomas are playing the parents of scheming, greedy Sandee (Analeigh Tipton) in the cliffhanger season finale episode coming up Dec. 4.  “We’re total clowns.  It’s insanity, insanity.  I’m not sure the producers thought we would go as far as we did comedically, but Jay is fearless.”

Jacobson adds,  “I love that guy to pieces.  He said, ‘We’re really close now, but three months down the line, we may forget about each other.’  Well, I’m not going to forget.  It was one of those things where you bond with someone in a short period of time.”

As for what they were called upon to do, she stresses, “I don’t want to give anything away” — but notes cryptically that her part with Jay has nothing to do with the storyline about Sandee and gigolo Jason (Stephen Amell).

When she’s not doing whatever she’s doing with Jay, Jacobson is often doing standup gigs around the country.  She derives humor from the fact, “I’m a cougar, an overt cougar, and I’m a Jew from Texas.”  As far as she’s concerned, “You don’t get any higher than making people laugh.”

Thomas Jane Re: ‘Hung’ 3D, Pricing, and a ‘Sexier, Funnier Season’

Thomas Jane is a proponent of 3D.  He made his “Dark Country” film in 3D.   And last week, he hosted the second annual 3D Film & Music Festival.  So it was only a matter of time before a cheeky TV station brought up the idea of “Hung 3D” — as in his ribald HBO series about an unusually well-endowed high school basketball coach-turned-male prostitute.

Jane laughs at the suggestion.  “Yes, if we ever do decide to do full frontal with Ray Decker, I think we should do it in 3D,” he dead-pans.  “Things look bigger in 3D.”

Jane confesses he is as surprised as anyone that the dark comedy is in its third season — which launches Sunday (10/2).  “I never expected this to go beyond one season, to tell you the truth.  But the chemistry between the actors — especially between me and Jane Adams — is really strong.   And the writing continues to be strong.  One of the questions that’s often asked is, how long can they keep this going?  I think the characters are complex enough and the relationships are deep enough that we can keep going and going.”  In fact, he says, “Now I’ve had so much fun making Season 3, I’m really hoping for a Season 4.”

To hear Jane tell it, Season 3 goes light on harsh reality compared to the show’s past.  “We started out with our heroes trying to make ends meet in unconventional ways and we got a lot of mileage out of that.  But by Season 3, the economy still sucks and we don’t want to talk about it all the time.  I think people don’t want too much of a downer. So we decided, ‘Let’s just have some fun.’  It’s a sexier, funnier, faster season and it’s my favorite season because of that.” 

This will also become the season “the cat’s out of the bag” in terms of Ray’s new profession becoming known to the people in his life, including his ex-wife (Anne Heche).

Ray’s clients are more attractive this season as well, something Jane says was a conscious choice.  One of the creative challenges of the series, it seems, is coming up with plausible reasons why a beautiful woman would “pay for the experience,” as Jane puts it.  Could be personal peccadilloes.  (“If you want to chase me through the park dressed as a cop, that’s what you get.”)  Could be wish fulfillment, such as his comely blond rich former student satisfying her schoolgirl crush at last.  Talk about fantasy time!

The star (whose divorce from Patrica Arquette became final in July) says that doing the show has impacted his own outlook on sex.  “As a man I’ve learned to sort of see the sexual experience through the eyes of a woman.  That’s where men and women, their wants and needs are different,” he notes.  “A man’s point of view is, ‘I’m going to meet this girl, go to dinner and then if I’m lucky go back to my house and get down to the business of [sex].  But there is a whole list of criteria for a woman to have sex with a guy.  Ray has to deliver a full-service package, almost like a boyfriend experience.  The woman wants to feel taken care of, to feel safe….It’s very elucidating.  Men are interested in this stuff, you know.  Men want to know how to satisfy a woman.”

But still, as far as what male viewers ask him about when he chats about the show at events and such, Jane says, “The most frequent question I get asked is, ‘How much?'” 

Okay.  So, how much?  “Six hundred bucks,” he answers.  “We’re in a depression, or it would be more.”

Selleck, Wahlberg, Estes Head East for ‘Blue Bloods’

Will Estes

Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Will Estes, Bridget Moynihan and other members of their “Blue Bloods” series company are migrating from West to East coast over the next couple of weeks.  The forthcoming CBS show – about a family of police in New York City – will shoot in New York with a cast consisting mostly of L.A. actors.  So everyone’s moving in advance of the July 26 production start, at least temporarily.

Former “American Dreams” and “Reunion” actor Estes, who is playing the scion of the Reagan police clan, tells us he’ll be staying on in the Big Apple at least six months.  “I’ve always wanted to try living in New York, and I’ve had a secret – well, not so secret – wish to play a cop, so this is two dreams wrapped up in one,” he says.

Estes says he was “really excited” about the “Blue Bloods” project as soon as he read the script — not even knowing that the show was created by “Sopranos” veteran executive producers Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green.  Nor did he know until later that Selleck and Wahlberg were aboard.  There was a long, grueling casting process to go through before he finally learned the job was his, he says.  “I waited and waited, days and days.  I finally said, ‘Just stop calling me.  Don’t tell me I’m still in the mix anymore.  Just tell me if I got it,’” he recounts.

If he and his cast mates look like a real family group sitting around a dinner table in the pilot, attribute it to good acting. “We didn’t have any rehearsal or prep time to get the family dynamics” before shooting on that scene commenced, according to Estes.  “It was a fun process, kind of getting thrown in.  I have a friend who has worked with Donnie Wahlberg, so I felt I knew him a little bit, but never had any interaction with Tom Selleck or Bridget Moynihan.  Once we all get our sea legs, I think it’s going to be phenomenal.”

INDUSTRY BITS:  With “Entourage” and “Hung” production wrapping for their respective seasons, stars Jeremy Piven and Thomas Jane are gearing up for filmmaker Mark Pellington’s “I Melt With You” – and what a movie it sounds like it is bound to be.  Pellington, who is known for his work with bands from U2 and Nine Inch Nails to Bruce Springsteen, is also the director of such spine-tingling fare as Richard Gere’s “The Mothman Prophecy” and the Jeff Bridges-Tim Robbins suspense thriller, “Arlington Road.”  His latest foray into the big screen scene is being described as “an exciting low budget artistic, almost experimental film” and also as “an explosive dark ugly piece of work about men and a promise made and fulfilled.”

Thomas Jane also has a date with Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore ahead – their “L.O.L.” movie about a mother and daughter who get dumped by their men at the same time.  Ashley Greene of “Twilight” fame is in the comedy as well.