“Nothing New Ever Gets Discovered From Being Safe:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Charles Rahi Chun

Charles Rahi Chun

Charles Rahi Chun with James Franco and Seth Rogan promoting The Interview.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actor Charles Rahi Chun. Charles spoke with us about his role in and his thoughts on the controversy surrounding the movie “The Interview,” the differences in working on TV shows and movies and where he sees his career heading. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with actor Charles Rahi Chun: 

The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite actor growing up?

Charles Rahi Chun: John Travolta had a monopoly of cool TV and film roles when I was coming of age. “Saturday Night Fever” was one of the first films I saw in the theaters and he followed that up as Danny Zucko in “Grease,” who was the epitome of cool to a kid. All this after being “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble” and Vinnie Barbarino on TV. I also really dug Bill Bixby as “The Incredible Hulk” – the man had a deep well of emotion and a beautiful heart.

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

CRC: “Saturday Night Fever” was pretty cool, but my very first movie experience was “Bugsy Malone,” which was amazing to watch as a kid because the entire cast was children dressed up as adults. Later, as a teen-ager, I was really struck by the movie “Fame,” which also happened to be directed by Alan Parker.

TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?

CRC: I grew up watching a lot of television, so my heroes were TV characters. “The Six Million Dollar Man,” Starsky, Hutch, and Pa Ingalls from “Little House on the Prairie.” As I got older, I was fascinated with psychology and what drives us to do what we do as human beings, and the more I learned about acting, the more enthralled I became with the craft. When I got to Connecticut College and explored performing and choreography and using my body as a vessel for collaborative story-telling, all of these influences merged leading me to pursue acting professionally.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

CRC: It wasn’t really advice that anyone gave me, but I’m told that athletes never think about winning or losing while in a game. They only focus on the next shot or hit, staying very present in the moment, and I like to live my life that way. Because ultimately, that’s all there is.

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

CRC: “Be safe.” Nothing new ever gets discovered from being safe. Continue reading

Granddaughter of Andrea Doria Shipwreck Survivor Sues Over “Seinfeld” Episode

The Andrea Doria

Leann Braverman, Andrea Doria survivor relative, is hoping the ship can provide one last life raft in the way of a cash settlement as she is sinking in debt.

Los Angeles—The granddaughter of a survivor of the Andrea Doria shipwreck from 1956 has filed suit against Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David and Sony over emotional distress brought on by the classic “Seinfeld” TV episode that “pokes fun in a malicious and callous manner at one of the worst maritime tragedies the world has ever known.”

Leann Braverman, 32, whose grandfather was a passenger on the Andrea Doria and survived the incident, said in her lawsuit that she has suffered irreparable emotional damage from watching the episode, has lost sleep and can’t maintain a relationship.

“Whenever my client watches the episode on TV, as it often airs in syndication,” said Braverman’s attorney, Neil Candelaria, “or watches it on DVD, she is overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety, fear, mental anguish and depression over the egregious disregard for the incident shown by not only the characters in the episode, but by the writers and creators of the program, as well as Sony Pictures, who owns the rights to the show.”
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TDQ Tech For The Week Of 8/27/12

The GrinderyThis week’s TDQ Tech features a stroll down memory lane brought to you by The Grindery. They also present some sound, unsolicited advice to Sony, if those jokers would have only listened.

But you really can’t tell Sony anything. We’ve tried. They think they know everything. That’s why we have a Samsung TV and Panasonic DVD players at our houe. We’ll show them. They’re probably on the verge of bankruptcy now, just barely hanging on. Like Facebook.

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TDQ Tech For The Week Of 7/23/12

The GrinderyThis week’s TDQ Tech features a story from The Grindery about great new features from Microsoft which totally blew our minds and an interesting story about female employees at Sony.

The picture of that hacker guy makes him look like a tool. Totally. No wonder he is a hacker, he probably couldn’t get a real job with that mug.

You are now technologically informed. Go and do likewise.

Losing “Jeopardy” Contestant Files Lawsuit To Prevent Episode Of His Horrible, Horrible Performance From Being Aired

David Perrin:  Jeopardy Embarrassment

This grainy cellphone picture is alleged to be the only evidence of David Perrin's embarrassing Jeopardy performance besides the HD recording Perrin is fighting to make sure never sees the light of day.

Albuquerque, NM—For years now, David Perrin’s been telling his wife he was smart enough to get on “Jeopardy,” and that he was smart enough to win big on it. It turns out he was half right. But unfortunately, if he and his attorney have their way, neither his wife nor the American viewing audience will ever see Perrin crash and burn like no other contestant in the history of the storied program.

Perrin’s attorney has filed an injunction against “Jeopardy” that will prevent the show from airing and allowing the world to see Perrin fail more spectacularly than anyone ever thought possible on the quiz program.
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