John Goodman on Comedy and Losing Weight
Staying in character, John Goodman had a very successful year in 2012. Argo and Flight were enormous blessings for Goodman who played a working class family man on the Roseanne comedy series.
Goodman has been on the comedy scene for over two decades and has been a hilarious stand in on SNL. It has been a while since he last hosted the show and is ready to return if the invitation is extended. “I think I’m a little long in the tooth for that now. It’s just something that I have not thought about for a while, but boy they’re really good now and it’s wonderful to see. I’m down for that anytime,” Goodman said.
And of course he wants to look good for his next appearance. “I wish they made xxx size Armani suits, but they don’t. They don’t have enough God damn material.”
When we last spoke, he was working on a number of projects including Argo starring Ben Affleck and Flight with Denzel Washington. He is mainly good at being a comic and shared how much he missed it. “I’m just dying to get back into comedy again. That’s what I like to do. I enjoy it.”
In Argo, his jovial side was a bit subdued, however, he let it all loose on Flight. “I’ve been doing pretty heavy guys lately, so it’s nice to lighten up. Not that, that’s any easier,”
With everything there is a hit and miss period. Since Roseanne, the actor has been a part of two failed sitcoms and finds they are no fun if they are not right. “Nothing’s clicked so far. It’s you are trying to be funny and that just don’t work.”
Roseanne was a major hit for Goodman and he missed the payoff from a comedy that works and being on TV. “I haven’t done comedy in a long time, intentional comedy. There’s a great sense of achievement because it’s so damn hard.”
There is definitely a great payoff when it works and in order for him to make it work, he has been juggling numerous projects at a time. “It keeps your skills going.” he likes to laugh almost more than anything in the world but he finds it more rewarding when he makes others laugh. “If you can make somebody else laugh, that’s a great thing.”
One other project he’s involved in is NBCs community where he works one day a month on select episodes. “I’m thrown into very good hands. It’s been excellent.”
The television landscape has changed since Roseanne, where reality TV has dominance. Goodman thinks there’s a smaller concentration of comedy writers than there are real people out there. “It reminds me of the early days of television when everything was thrown up against the wall to see if it would stick. There is a lot more. With all the cable shows, you would think there would be more comedies out there.”
After all, reality TV makes his prospect of getting a job slimmer, so h is not too fond of it. “I’m just an old crabby bastard. I’m not a big fan of reality television.”
Although he’s not a reality TV fan, he still has a few favorites and understands that’s a part of popular culture. “There’s a lot of stuff that I don’t like, but that’s just popular culture in general. I’m just an old crab.”
Losing weight has been a battle for the actor. “I worked my ass off,” he said. “It was very hard, very enjoyable, the results were great.”
During his efforts, he was slowed down by a new operation and other hurdles that set him back a great deal and he regained the weight he loss. “It’s a constant struggle. Now I’ve got to go back and start eating Drano tablets.”
By: Daedrian McNaughton