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This week we chat with actor/producer/writer/director Brice Beckham. The former child star from “Mr. Belvedere” talks with us about his production company, Drama3/4, calls us out for being slackers and discusses the possibility of a “Mr. Belvedere” movie. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Brice Beckham:
The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?
Brice Beckham: You mentioned me in a tweet about one of your articles, in which you had “quoted” me about my “involvement” in the upcoming “Mr. Belvedere movie.” I tend to notice when people virtually tap me on my electronic shoulder and say, “Guess what, we made up some junk about you!”
TDQ: How excited were you that The Daily Quarterly asked you for an interview
Beckham: My excitement falls somewhere in the range of Moderate to Near-Boredom. On a scale from 1 to Purple, I’d give it a C.
TDQ: What was your very first acting gig?
Beckham: When I was 4 or 5, I narrated “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” in a school recital. I’m told I had index cards in case I forgot a line (yes, I could read), but I didn’t need them — I had memorized the whole thing. Then they dropped a bucket of pig’s blood on me, and I used my telepathic powers to lock everyone inside and set fire to the place in a homicidal rage. Wait, that was the movie “Carrie.” Hey, are they ever gonna remake “Firestarter?” They should; that would be badass.
TDQ: What was your first paying acting gig?
Beckham: There were a few radio spots (my dad was producing them at the time), but my first TV job was an episode of “Alice.” The A.D. from that show was on the production team for “Belvedere” and recommended me during casting.
TDQ: Who was your favorite actor growing up?
Beckham: Like many people of the era, I was mildly obsessed with Michael J. Fox. I idolized him the way most kids idolize their favorite athletes. (I was never really into sports, and I’m sure the numerous clippings of MJF in my pre-teen bedroom made my sexual preference a matter for debate… but it wasn’t long before Fox’s pics were replaced with Cindy Crawford and the LA Rams cheerleaders.) Tina Yothers and I had the same publicist and became friends, so I was eventually invited to a taping of “Family Ties” … where I SHOOK MICHAEL J. FOX’S HAND… and he took part of my soul with him. I’ve been a shell of a human being ever since. If I ever become an evil wizard, remember: the horcrux in Michael J. Fox’s hand is the secret to my destruction.
TDQ: It appears that your production company, “Drama3/4” is a slight departure from the comedy style of “Mr. Belvedere.” What can you tell us about the founding and projects from “Drama3/4?”
Beckham: “Drama 3/4″ was started by my writing partner, David Fickas, when he began doing independent theatre productions at USC, and shortly after, his first independent feature film. We became a full-fledged production company in the early ’00s to capitalize on the success of our live variety/sketch show, “Another Showcase Showdown.” That eventually led to our first TV show, “I Hate My 30’s,” a scripted comedy on VH1 (ALL 8 EPISODES AVAILABLE ON iTUNES IN STUNNING STANDARD DEFINITION!).
Our background in sketch has resulted in lots of short form content (much of it blue, some of it parody, some of it absurd; parody and absurdity became chief ingredients in “I Hate My 30’s”) and branded web content (for major brands and larger production partners like Reveille, producers of “The Office,” “Family Guy,” “The Biggest Loser,” etc). We recently branched out into TV commercials and network promos, and are currently in various stages of development on a number of film and television projects.
TDQ: What project are you working on right now?
Beckham: Wrapping up some TV promos for Sony Movie Channel’s “Mandays” programming block. One of them is airing now on Dish Network and DirecTV. Then I start post-production on a PSA we just shot for a Nevada road safety organization. If you want the latest homemade comedy nugget, go here: http://youtube.com/drama34productions
Part 2 of our TDQ Q&A with Brice Beckham will run next Friday