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Huddle Up with Gus

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Matthew Laurance

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Welcome to Huddle Up with Gus, with 15-year NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte. Today’s a very special day in the huddle as Gus interviews longtime actor Mathew Laurance and the two run the gambit from Matthew’s days growing up in New York to his eventual arrival in Hollywood. Mathew gives you a rare inside view of acting in Hollywood, his role in “Eddie and the Cruisers” and his time on Beverly Hills, 90210.  

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...uh going to acting school and driving acab and working as a waiter for seven years and doing all that stuff before Imoved to Los Angeles. Where? Yeah. You know, everything happened? How was that?Like? So you're in new york, you're driving a cab, you're going to actingschool. Do you get a connection to go to L. A. Or do you just like kind ofsay, all right, it's time I'm going to go out there. You know the weird thingwas the way, as with almost everything in my life um the connection came from,I was doing an off off broadway play In the worst area in New York. Right wherethe mid time where the tunnel comes through downtown around 42nd Street andback then it was bad. I mean that and I was doing a play with a guy named aterrific actor named Gene Davis whose brother brad starred in a movie calledMidnight Express of very fame. He was nominated for Academy Awards. Anyway hewas married to a really big casting director in L. A. Gene was and I got acall one day from Penny, his wife and she said to me I can't pay for you tocome out here. But if you'll come out here I want you to meet with CarlReiner. He's doing a movie, I can't tell you about it. It's very secretive,I don't think you'll want to do it. But he would meet with you if you came outand Carl Reiner was my idol. Growing really? Yeah, I knew every line fromthe 2000 year old man with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks every line. And I wentout, I sat with him, I stammered through about an hour with him. And uhhe I ended up going out to L. A. To do a movie called Dead Men. Don't wearPlaid with steve martin. Oh yeah, I've seen that yet. And uh it was uh younever saw my face on screen. It was all its inter cut with all old movie starsand old movies like Jeffrey Garten down. Lab fred Macmurray all those people andall you saw was the back of my head, my back my hands, the camera would gobehind me all the time and then they would cut to steve and then they'd cutback And Carl called me the man of 10,000 backs. That was that was thename that I got. Yeah, it's like the man of many faces. It was and it wasabout eight weeks of the greatest memories that I'll ever it wasbasically me and steve martin for almost all the time. And Carl Reiner,who I told him that I that was my favorite album and he said, you knowthat album? What was your first line from the album that you said to him?Because I know you have to repeat one. See this, you're really good gus aboutthe third day that we were going to shoot. I was sitting in the morninghaving some coffee and my director's chair. I was a real big shot. And Carlcame and sat down next to me and we were talking about what we were goingto do, and he said, all right, I'll be right back, I'm going to go to thebathroom and he stood up and I said A line from 2000 year old man, which wasgood luck on your wending. It was on the album. Carl says to mel, I'm gonnawin my way through the crowd here. And mel says, good luck on your wending. Uhand I said it to Carl and he stopped and he turned around and he looked atme and he said, you know that out really like that? I said, I know everyline, he said okay and every day that I worked on that movie, Carl came and didlines from the album. Uh He was just with me, I was mel brooks, You and Melbrooks, he was called Reiner. Uh he was called Reiner and he was the mostwonderful human being on the planet, He was just incredible. But that that'sinitially how I got out to Los Angeles. Uh So then you were with steve Martin.And is that steve martin? How you got to snl? No, that actually happened before Imoved to L. A. Uh that one of my sons just came home. That actually happenedbefore I went to L um Snl is interesting to my twin brother Mitchieand I um came from, as I said, from Hewlett High School. Uh and we had aclassmate named Alan Zweibel and Alan, we went all through junior high andhigh school with Alan and Alan became...

...one of the head writers of saturdaynight Live. He wrote all of Gilda Radner stuff, all the Roseanne stuff,all of those things. And later Alan became uh he's written movies, he'sdone books, he's done just a number of incredible things. Anyway, my brotherMitchell, my twin brother, I was looking for a job and he went up tosaturday night live and spoke to Alan and Alan said we really don't haveanything going on here, but maybe you could just you could be like a go forjust to get up here. So Mitchell started as getting coffee for LorneMichaels and doing different things and very quickly became the associatedirector of the show and produced all the best of video shows that had he wasyeah, he was there for five years the whole time of the new cast. And so Istarted going up there to see my brother and Alan and when that cast,when that ended and Lauren was leaving, I Alan suggested even though he wasgoing to leave the show that he could get me an audition for the new cast andI said well okay and Alan worked on the audition with me and I went in and didthis crazy audition for them and I got the job and I was a featured player forthat whole year But got to do some really great stuff and that was 19, Ohmy God, 80 81. Yeah. Yeah. Oh that's awesome. So that that's the and thenyou get out to L. A. But I want to go back to when you were in high schoolwith your brother because you are the second set of twins that I know nowfrom Long Island. So my really good friend Rick and Raymond juice. So uhrick they went to, I forget what high school they went to. Uh it wasn't theone you said, but they are twin brothers as well. And you know Rick ismy good friend, his brother Raymond, they call him uncle daddy because helooks just like his brother. So I know Rick but it's just funny though. Soit's a second set of twins from Long Island. I don't know what's in thewater out there were in the Long Island's famous for identical twins andyou know they're everywhere you go, there's a set of identical twinssomewhere on Long Island. But one thing I always asked Rick, I said you alwayshad a buddy to play with right to do sports with. So did you play what likewhen you were growing up because I know you're a sports fan, What did you play?What did you and your brother? We price where you what do you do basketball?Look at me cause do I look like a lacrosse player? Uh We played, we werebasketball was our life in high school and we, basketball on Long Islandduring those days was huge. But we played baseball, we played basketball,we played football uh and we ran track during the track season as just forbasketball, that's what we did. We ran and we ran track. But yes we got inshape but it's interesting about twins because think about it, I mean we everywe never had a time when there wasn't somebody there to have a catch with orthrow the football or shoot baskets with or our whole childhood growing upAnd it helped tremendously. I mean, tremendously we turned out to be prettygood basketball player. We were great athletes anyway. You know, we weregreat, great athletes and who found more in basketball. Oh, he did. He, Idid everything better than him. Of course, you know, he was a ball hog.The funny thing is, that's actually what I was a point guard. He was ashooting guard and he shot all the time and I passed him the ball but just fellfor it every time. Every Taco he's four minutes older than I am. So he pulledthat crap on me all the time. I'm your older one, blah blah, all that stuff.But the best part of it was in football and this is true. He was a quarterbackand I was a receiver and we after so many years of instinctively he wouldknow where I was going to be. Yeah, that's great. And so we would beplaying in a game and they would try to cover me. I wouldn't even have to lookup for the ball. I knew it was gonna be there. And of course expensive fact is,you know, this better than anybody. If they're looking at your eyes arelooking at you and then all of a sudden the ball is right there. They're like,how did you know that, how did you know, I've been doing it since we were five.That's how I know in the house, how many lamps you break? Uh God, yourwindows. You're good. I'll tell you the...

...big now, see this is I've been, I'vedone podcast, I've been asked interview questions. I've never been asked thatquestion. When my parents left and they started leaving us alone without ababysitter. We were probably 12 or 13, they would leave, we would push thecoffee table back in front of the couch and behind our couch there was a tablewith a huge lamp that was so big, it had real flowers around the base of it.And then the Lord was up here, we would push the coffee table away and the gamewas, you had to dive into the end zone, which was the couch. So we would take akitchen towel and roll it up and you would go and jump onto the couch andtry to score. And very quickly that lamp was knocked off of the table andlit right in half and it was an expensive lamp. Yeah, dirt everywhere.We cleaned it up. We put some kind of, they didn't have Krazy glue back. Thenwe tried to get it together and we told our parents that the dog did it. Wewere playing with the dog pulled the cord, the lamp came over, they didn'tgo for it. But that's what happened. This is great. Who never went for thatstuff either because my parents went on one trip and I had one party in highschool, right? And I have a party. I'm like, okay, they're gone all,everybody's coming over. I was so freaking nervous the whole time becausepeople are having fun. They're smoking cigarettes, are doing all this stuffand I just kicked everybody out because I was going to have a panic attackbecause my dad was a millwright. My dad was like 63, just this massive dude.And I didn't, you know, I'm like, okay, we got trouble. These two guys lockedthemselves in my bath in our bathroom. We had we had we had four bedrooms, onebathroom. They locked themselves in the bathroom and they wouldn't come out.They basically ruined. They just ripped the cabinets often. Everything it pullson the wall. So my buddies and I got it finally got him out, we kicked them out.Everybody went home and I'm just like freaking, I didn't sleep all night.Dad's gonna kill me, right? And I ended up getting my buddy whose dad was umlike a painter. Yeah, we we fixed the whole bathroom before my dad came homeand it looks spot the house was spotless, just like when they left andhe goes, oh, you had a party here, huh? What are you talking about? I don'thave a party, I would never do that. And he goes, I know you had a party. Isaid, How would you know I had a party if I did have one. He said, because Ionly smoke Winston 100 and there's all these other cigarette butts layingaround everywhere. Oh, busted. So it's just funny. But you know whenyou're telling those stories, uh my son's did that forever. You put littlehoops up in the house, break everything. My wife would yell at him, but it wasjust, I'm so old. And this is a tear jerking story. We didn't have the hoopsthat you could put up the little hoops. They didn't even have those yet. That'show old I am. So what we did was we took a shoebox cut out the bottom of it,taped it over the closet and rolled up a pair of socks and that was our hoopand my brother and I and you had to, you dribbled holding the sock, youwould go 123 and then you'd make your move and you spent most of the timeputting that shoebox back up down all the time. But you know, it's thosememories are really great and um actually, and it's making me want tocall my brother When we get finished because yeah, you know, because when wewould, I mean, I grew up 70s and 80s and and we didn't have really videogames, right? Everything we did was outside. I mean, I can remember mybuddy and I play in basketball because we had a light. So you can playbasketball at one in the morning in the summer. You know it was just that'swhat we did and I learned so many skills that you know I wasn't taught alot. I didn't have like a specific coach teaching me stuff when whenyou're like with your brother you probably learned so much how to justplay. Yeah we did. And you know the basketball thing we didn't get a lightin our over our garage which was in the back of our driveway. Um Again this ishow old that was. Our next door neighbor went to michigan And this isprobably 1963 maybe. And Cazzie Russell was at michigan and Bill Bradley was aPrinceton right? And they played in the N. C. A. A. Tournament and we watchedthat game and said to my father we wanted to go out and play basketballand it was dark and we made him get lights for the backyard after that gameso that we could go out and shoot baskets at night. That was the gamethat that that convinced him that we...

...needed to get get lights out there inthe back. Yeah I mean but but the thing was your dad was always showing you toget the hell out of the house right? It was all right give me some nights andI'll be out all night I'll let you know tomorrow morning if you don't want tosee me that's fine. Exactly. So how do you think sports? Because you know, Ilove to kind of translate sports into people's lives and how it helps themthrough times. You know, you were in acting school and you're on Snl thenyou go to L. A. How can you put together how sports may have helped youkind of do all those transitions? Okay. Uh, there are a couple of ways I couldanswer this. I think sports, the competition aspect of sports, if you'rereally into sports will always be with you whatever you're doing. There's apart of you that one when I was acting, I would sit there with a room full ofactors waiting to audition for something that feeling of competition,even though it was totally out of your control. It's not like sports where youeither score or you don't score, this is out of your control. But the feelingyou have is I'm competing against all of these idiots, which they were to meor a job Actually, my brother and I didn't talk for about five yearsbecause he became an actor too after I did, and we were competing for jobs.And when you have somebody that looks exactly like in a business that that'swhat it's about at the beginning anyway. It was very hard for us, but thatthat's off the subject, but compete the competition part I think is important.The other part of sports and something that has defined my life in every wayis golf. Uh we growing up, we used to kick the crap out of guys that playedgolf in new york. I mean nobody did it. If you you played sports, you didn'tplay golf, nobody played. And uh my brother moved to L. A. Before I did andwhen I moved went out to L. A. In 81 the first time I said to him, what do you what haveyou been doing? He said playing golf, I went what you're doing? What he said,I've been playing golf and I started playing that decision determine therest of my life really. Because every important thing that happened to mebasically is because of playing in celebrity golf tournaments. I know thissounds weird but uh the job that I have now I got because of playing in acelebrity golf tournament, Working for with coach K. at Duke basketball for 10years doing radio. I got because I went to play In a golf tournament at Duke inthe early 90s I met, Okay, I met my wife at a golf tournament. I have twosons because of golf sometimes. That really gets me angry. But you said thatum that part of sports has influenced my life ever since I started playing.It has introduced me except for the few friends I have from high school thatare still good friends of mine and some people acting friends, obviously allthe great friends I have, I've met because of golf either in person or ontwitter now doing a golf showed the way that I do like keith Hirschl in Yeah, Ihave never met in person but I consider him to be one of my closest friends.That's all because I'm doing a golf show, that's how I met. So that part ofsports has influenced my life in ways that when I was growing up, if you hadever told me golf would have that kind of an influence on my life, I wouldhave told you you were insane. But well I mean probably growing up to youprobably would have never said I'm going to be an actor either or did yousay that you know the funny thing is my dad was very poor growing up, I mean hestarted working when he was eight and so he never wanted to worry about mybrother and I, so growing up Mitchell was going to be a doctor and I wasgoing to be a lawyer that was it, there was no discussion And my senior, Istarted doing theater in 8th grade I played uh Hugo and Bye Bye Birdie in8th Grade and I was brilliant of course then I did theater all through highschool and while I was at Tufts but I never really considered it and then Iwas taking my law boards, my senior...

...year Tufts and I put the pencil down. Ilooked around and I went, what am I doing? I don't, I don't want to do this.And I went home all right, I'm a sap and you're gonna get me now. I wenthome at christmas break and my dad said, have you sent in your applications yetfor law school? I said no, isn't it late? I said, dad, I don't think I'mgoing to do that. He said really, what are you gonna do? And going from thesublime to the ridiculous, I said, I think I want to be an actor. So I'mgoing from something where he never would have had to worry about me tosomething where all he would do was worry. And he got up from the table,you didn't say anything. And he walked in the living room and my mother said,you got to give him a minute, this is, this is big. Yeah. It's it's, you know, it's hardwhen, when, when you have to do that. And I mean it's a, it's a, it's a great storybecause I feel you there because my dad was so ingrained in everything I did.Yeah, Well he, I walked inside and my father said, you got to give me alittle while with this and I said, okay. And I went up to the bedroom and I felthorrible. I really did because I loved my father so much and The next morningbefore he went to work at about 6:30, he came and sat on my bed and he said,this is what gets me. He said, if this is what you want to do, I mean really want to do, then I'll doeverything I can to help you. I mean talk about the luck of having parentsand my mother was that way too. And the amazing thing is, it took me like Isaid, I didn't get my first job in acting For six or 7 years, I got a cokecommercial and that got my screen actors guild card, which my fatherthought meant I was officially an actor. I had a union card and that to him andI didn't get my first big job, which was a movie called Prince of the Citythat Sydney lament directed, who was one of the most famous directors, therewere still three months after my dad passed away. He never saw that part ofmy career. Yeah, he, he could not have done more for me all the years. I was awaiter and driving a cab and doing all that. I even brought him to uh anacting class with me that Uda Hagen taught who was one of the most famousteachers in the world. And my dad came and sat in on classwith my mom and she was so mesmerizing when we walked out, he said, I don'tthink I ever got it before. Now I understand why this is soimportant to you. I mean he was just amazing. So did he go, did like yourparents always go to your, when you were in high school, go to your, go totheater, like watch you perform all that all the time. But it was just, youknow, I mean it was high school theater. So then when, when you're there andhere they come in and they watch you, they saw your passion like that, youknow what I mean? Like, like last was because, well, because I hadn't reallydone, they saw, I was in a couple off off broadway shows, They came to those,but You know, you're in a garage with 15 people watching you. It's kind ofhard, they could tell I was good, but, but it's kind of hard to, okay, that'sgreat. You know? Yeah, good luck. You're, it's great. They never sawactually my dad didn't, my mom when I got, I had been working and when I gotthis show called duet on Fox was the first time I made real money. I meanlike great money and I bought a car for my mom and uh I'm sorry and and Iset it up, I was in L. A. I bought the car from place in queens and came homeand surprised her uh, with it got her to the dealership in queens and said,I'm lost. I have to go get directions and went into this dealership and cameout with the keys and went like this jingle them. Yeah, that's yours. Um mydad never got to see that, but my mom did and she just passed away I thinkfour years ago now, she was 93. So she went, she went through, I took her tothe wrap party for Eddie and the cruisers, you know, somebody else to doeverything. Well, you know what, your...

...dad was still there, Your dad still,there is always, always a matter of fact, My eldest son who's 17 is namedEverett after my dad. So that's a great name. I get to say his name every day.Well, I'm the second, my dad passed away 17 years ago. I'm the second myson's a third. So, so yeah, we say that name a lot. You're Gustav, Gustav, butthey call me Gus no, I know that. My mom used to call me Gus Junior andeverybody still makes fun of me for that. And you have a son named DonnaGunnar. Yeah, but his first thing I'm gonna search to pal Yeah, Gust ofGunner. Yeah, we're gonna go to college. I don't know you went to Tulsa. I don'tknow where Gunner wants. Yeah, nobody goes to Tulsa actually about this jerryRome went to Tulsa. Oh, look at you. Mhm Yeah. Hey, how come up with uslisteners manscaped, Well, they sent me, uh they hooked me up with a bunch oftools and formulations for their package three point oh kit. Uh so, youknow, I want to show you guys what's in the perfect package, Right? We allthink we got a perfect package, but they sent me the perfect package, threepoint oh kid, I want to show you what they sent me. So it was crazy. It camein this great box. Uh you know, uh and you can see what it says. They willthank you because they sent us this awesome trimmer. They sent us uh youknow, stuff that makes you smell better. And then, you know, they sent me thisgreat uh some boxers, you what you get right, protect them. And then uh youknow, they sent me this cool it sack, I guess you want to call it to store allyour stuff in. So uh it's been great. Manscaped sent me a bunch of product umyou know, and you know, you can see it all on here. Uh you know, if you can goto Manscaped dot com and put in the code, uh Gus Frerotte, that's G U S F RE R O T T E. Get 20% off and free shipping when you use that code. Butyou can get a kit, you can get individual items like uh this way. Coolrumor that has a little led light um ceramic, these things come apart,They're waterproof, you can do a lot with them. So, you know, uh, manscapedis great. You know, it's funny, I remember when I was playing with theDenver broncos and I'm not going to mention any names, but there was agentleman who was playing on our team and uh, you know, if you ever hears thestory, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. But he brought his ownclippers in one time and he used it to trim his beard up, his goatee andeverything. And he had him there for about two or three weeks and he goes inaround the corner, he walks in and there's a person, another player thatis actually manscaping with his beard trimmer. So you know, one of the thingsis, you don't want to use the same trimmer down there that you use up here.So uh, he kind of freaked out a little bit and he said, hey, how long have youbeen using that tool there? And he said, well, showed up here about three weeksago and I've been using it ever since. So you know, there is a lesson learnedthat, you know, don't leave things out and probably, uh, if it would have justsaid Manscaped on it, but we wouldn't have had that issue, but it's probablyone of the funniest, uh, taking care of your ball stories I've ever heard orbeen around in the locker room in the NFL, so uh, it's a great story. Um, butyou know, I always said, there was no way to know, there's no name on it. Andthe guy was just using it and another guy was using, it was not good, butit's a heck of a funny story. So one of the best I've ever heard in my 15 yearsplaying in the league. Um but you know, there's so many great things aboutmanscaped and what they're doing uh because guys, you got to take care ofyourself even though I got great hair um and getting older, but you stillhave to maintain some sort of grooming, right? And so, uh, you know, we allwork out for me. I like working in my yard doing those things now that I'mretired, Get a little sweat on and everything, you want to smell good. Uhyou know, you got to take care of yourself, They've got some greatproducts um you know, this one, a little uh you all deodorant, we'll needthat here and there um after, you know,...

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...we all went well. That's a shame youknow, we worked pretty hard on that. Nobody's going to see it. That moviedidn't take off until cable came in until HBO really. And all of a suddenwhen any of the cruisers went on, it was H B O within, I want to say a month.The album went triple platinum. I mean all of a sudden everybody saw thismovie that had no idea was there. And to this day It's been like I said, 1983,2003, 13 In two years, it will be 40 years ago, that amount. And I'm doingthe Comic Con in Lexington this weekend and it's mostly because of Eddie andthe cruisers, I'm telling you, it's the biggest cult movie. My good friendCarrie, there is a huge Eddie, she says, yeah, she was a poster. She Yeah, but aMichael Parade. Not me, I know that well, you might be in the backgroundplaying guitar. Yeah, that's okay with me. Everybody was the bass playerdrives the band. Everybody knows that. So wait, so when you were doing thismovie, you knew how to, you already knew how to play guitar or was it justa number? No. Uh, I played growing up, I played accordion. You and stevemartin would get along great. I mean it's unbelievable. I didn't know howsexy and instrument the accordion was for a long time and I played saxophonefor a few years and I was the best air guitarist. I still am ever in the world.As a matter of fact, that's partly how I got the part in Eddie and thecruisers. I went into martin Davidson, the director and I was talking to himabout the movie auditioning and I told him that I could, he said, do you playthe guitar? I said no, but I could convince you I do. And went and got aSantana tape and put it in and played Black Magic woman and did air guitarevery note to Black Magic woman. And I think that was part of the reason I gotthe job. And I learned how to play all the songs from the movie on the basebecause I had friends that were musicians. I didn't want any of them togo, I want you weren't playing. I watched, you weren't, that wasn't real.And so I learned how to play all those songs. Southside johnny was our musicaladvisor and taught us how to be a band. He taught me how to play the basement.Oh my gosh! But that had to be so much fun. Like getting to learn somethingnew and just, you know what I mean? Like it made you want to go to workevery day. Probably. Well, that whole movie was quite an experience. It wasreally hard because uh, you know, none of us. The only person that played aninstrument was the guy that was in the Beaver Brown band, Michael Antunes, thesax player. The rest of us, none of us were ever in a band or play. I mean, ifyou watch tom Berenger who played the piano, it's, I mean he's going likethis and doing all this stuff. Well, the, the one scene where you weresitting on the wall with the other actor and you guys are like, he'sterrible. Can't play. And yet you didn't, you weren't even lying like youweren't even acting. Well, that was, it was, it was hard because if, if youcan't convince people for the most part that you're a band, you have no movie.Right? Uh, Michael per array. Um, could we did it to playback? We did all thesongs to play back. Michael couldn't live sync. He couldn't do it. We workedso hard on that. And it's a credit to him. I worked with him all the time onlip sync. And it's a credit to him that the first day we started shooting themusic magic happened. And if you watched the movie now he's really goodwith the really good. Um, but it was hard, it was a hard shoot. There was alot of uh, tension between marty, the director and a couple of people in thecast. And it was hard, but at the same time we were a rock band. I mean,you're a rock band growing up. I wanted to do two movies. I wanted to playcenter field in Yankee Stadium or play basketball in the garden or a sportsmovie. And as every actor, I wanted to be in a rock n roll movie. That's whatevery actor wants to be. A rock and roll store. Every what what rock n rollmovie did you when you were growing up that you watched? I don't think, I'mnot sure that it was any movie that I...

...actually watched. I mean, I don'treally remember any from my childhood as I said because they just weren'tmaking them that that frequently. Right. Right. You know, there have been a lotof Great Rocket La bamba is one of my favorite movies. There have been a lotof really good movies that featured rock and roll, but I don't think I hadone that really influenced where I just always loved music. I sang a lip sync.I did air guitar, I did all that. I always loved music so well, I thinkYour passion for all these different things is what's keeping you young andnot what you did in the 70s and 80s. You know what, it's funny, we talkedabout that a little before we went on. But um, I think you're absolutely right.I think it's a big part of it. Um my passion sometimes gets me in troublebecause I it seems like and I think this is part of growing older too. I'ma very impatient person. I mean, I'm a true new yorker, right? Yeah, I don'twell, I mean there's so many people, like they can't drive in Kentucky,you're probably flipping the bird to them all the time. I don't do thatbecause I'm afraid of them. But I have been known, I told my producer of myshow Sean today, I said, you know, I don't understand that 10 seconds afterI get in the car, I've already dropped an f bomb four times 10 seconds after Iget to see. You can't say it on the radio. So you got to get them all outbefore you get there. That's it. That's exactly, I think how I feel, but I'mreally impatient and I don't, I feel like I can't, there are so many thingsI have trouble tolerating now that I may be used to, but I I feel like I inall walks of life and everything that's going on in sports and my kids and Ijust, I feel like I don't have time to waste on, on things that I I just can'ttolerate. It gets me in trouble sometimes, but it's the way that uh uhsometimes I have to take medication for that kind of stuff. So come be down alittle bit, bring me off the edge. I completely understand. So we movethrough your career. Uh we have a question from one of our fans for youuh about let me let me find it here, wait right up here. 90210. Obviouslythere's a lot of fans of that show, uh and this is from Jordan, right inArlington Virginia, and Jordan wants to know when you were on the show, nine oh21 oh, describe what Aaron spelling was like on set and any funny stories fromyour time on the show. So you were on the show for how many years? Nine, SoI'm sure there's multiple funny stories. Well, and were you a price? I I knowyou're like comedian, and were you a prankster on the show? Did you knowfrank's, no, I've never been a comedian. I mean I've I've I'm just an incrediblytalented actors. Uh you know, it's uh I know you're so humble humility is oneof my strongest traits. I mean, I'll just say that I hate patting myself onthe back. Um you know, I was on saturday night Live and but that it's aproduct of where I grew up and my friends growing up that we all werecomedians, we always joked, we always have things. Um, 90,210 was a veryinteresting experience. I um I had done quite a few things. My agent called menow, here's another part of Fox, the Fox network, the first year of nine oh21 oh was the lowest rated show on television, Nobody knew about it. Itwas on Fox, it was a bunch of high school kids and they did something verysmart that summer. They did all new episodes, which no shows did. They alldid reruns All of a sudden I think they sent luke and Jason Priestley to open ashopping mall like in florida and 15,000 people showed up and Fox went,wait a minute, hold it, something's going on here. Yeah, we got a call frommy agent And he said they want you to come in, they want to talk to you aboutplaying the father of one of the kids on 90,210 and I said I'm not doing thatshow, that shows terrible, why would I want to do that? You know, I was verykind of arrogant about everything I had done, he said thank the Lord, you'venever played a father before, just go talk to them, it might be good for youto do. And I thought it was for one episode uh and it turned out kind of tobe an audition to see how an Gillespie and I, who was going to play mygirlfriend, wife, ex wife on the show were together. And I went in and Ireally didn't know anybody on the show...

...and I said whose father would I beplaying? They said his name is brian Austin Green Now five years before thatI did a show called circus of the stars, right? Was on thanksgiving every year.It was very popular as all these actors and they would put on a circus. Well,how about discuss you want to talk? I'll tell you what kind of athlete I am.I walk the high wire. You did you ever give like the pole and everything? Ihad the pole. But I also wrote a bike across the high wire 20 ft up. That'sright. I'll send you the video somewhere. Oh yeah, that's an athletevideo. Anyway, Brian Austin Green was 13 and was on that circus of the stars.He was on knots landing at the time. What did he do? He did this the thingwhere there's a teeter totter and he's standing on it and somebody jumps onthe end and he flipped in the air and landed on this big chair that he didall, He was great. It was amazing what he Anyway, they said, brian AustinGreen would be your son. I said, okay, I'm in because I loved him. Werehearsed for Circus of the Stars for six weeks together and I loved that kid.I said, okay, I'm in and that's what started became nine years of being aJoe and of all the things I've done. I think it was, this is gonna sound weird,but I think it was the least creative thing as an actor that I did becauseRyan so much. I loved all the people that I was working with. Um, except forone and I won't mention his name anyway um But well that, that's the 5050because you went to him and then it didn't say her. So that's good. Yeah,you can yeah, figure it out. Maybe we'll figure it out. Love Jason. Iloved Luke. Uh, those two more than anything. Let's see what were the otherguys on it Anyway. Um but the, the show you talk about popularity. Oh my gosh,this is what I talk in like 95. I'm a big history buff. I got to go to workin Germany and I went to East Berlin what was used to be East Berlin. Iwanted to see the Brandenburg Gate which is napoleon's armies. It lookslike the Arc de Triomphe and napoleon's armies marched underneath thisBrandenburg gate. I couldn't believe I was standing in what was East Berlinlooking at this a bus pulls up and there are Swedish tourists in GermanyAnd about 30 people get off the bus and somebody turns around and sees me andgoes Beverly hills. 30 people rush over to me. They could have cared less wherethey were what they were doing and autographs and can we take pictureswith you and it really hit me. I knew what was going on in this country, butwhen that happened and I saw what the effect was in Germany, I was like uh wegot something good. There was always, you know, and you're working with youngkids, there's always drama. There was always, I mean, I don't remember all ofit, but I'm sure you do, there's probably a lot of drama going on. Wellthey were the most famous People really in the country in terms of acting andthey were all for the most part, 18 2019. they were huge stars making allthis money. You know, when I was 19 and I was a sophomore in college, I wasstill trying to figure out how to tie my shoes. They're dealing with stuffthat It's impossible to understand how difficult that is. And for the mostpart they handled it really well. I thought, yeah, I mean that's gotta betough for anybody. I mean, even for us, you know, like when when you get to theNFL you're 24 years You're 23 and you don't have any clue how to handle moneyor anything, especially media and all that. I couldn't imagine what it's liketo be. I was just one of those, you know, you're 18 and you have all thiswell think about like we didn't have social media, we didn't, I keepthinking imagine those kids, if we had, so if we had tick tock and twitter andand everything back then I know how devastating it would have been to meand I was supposedly an adult, right? God, we didn't have social media when Iwas doing all my whole acting career basically. Oh my gosh could you? I betthere's been some good pictures. Yeah okay what else do you want to talk?So so then you get done with nine oh 21...

...oh yeah, you know after nine years isit like okay, I'm gonna take a break or I got this next thing I'm gonna dobecause I know you you you're like you I bet your mind was going, what's next?What I'm gonna do? It was but not in the way that you think I had justreally gotten sick of living in Los Angeles. I had had it oh traffic rightthere and yeah, but I drove a cab in new york, come on gus that the traffic,it's different in L. A. Trust me. I know um I just hated What it had becomefor me, I've been there for almost 20 years. Um And everything was so tied tothe business. If somebody said to you how you doing and you said I'm great,the first thing, what are you working on everything about it? And for somereason the last couple years that I lived there, it just got to me, Ididn't have a family, I just got sick of being in the business. Uh and myagent called me one day and I, even though I had a lot of success, I nevergot on a series like Seinfeld where you don't never have to worry for the restof your life. Had to get a job? Sometimes I offered that sometimes Ihad to audition. My agent called me one day and said just so you know what'sgoing on out here? The business is getting very young. He said I submittedyou for a pilot for NBC for a sitcom. I had a guest starred on every sitcom inL. A. I had my own sitcom for three years And my agent said the castingdirector who was about 25 said to me Can he do comedy? I mean I really likehim on 90,210 but does he do comedy? When I heard that I went I'm gone. Yeah.And as I said before I had no idea what I was going to do. I went to play inthe Duke Children's classic golf tournament and I sat next to MikeWazowski and his wife mickey a couple years before that. So we had gottenfriendly and I went back to playing the tournament. I had dinner with them andI told Mike I wanted to leave and he said what are you going to do? I said,I don't know. I just know I want to get out of L. A. And he basically said whydon't you come work with me? I want? So wait wait, what do you do it? I did radio for the Duke BasketballNetwork for 10 years with my knees in coach K's back for every game for 10years, right? Oh, but how do you see that? That arena is so loud. How do youI mean? Yeah, you can't even hear yourself in there sometimes, but yougot I had big padded headphones. I was like, Okay, like this. So you've gotall the scoop from coach K. I did and 90% of it, I couldn't really say whatwas going on. I would get I would get in the huddle with them during time out.He had always wanted to try that and he thought I would be the perfect guy todo it even though I got in trouble a couple of times for things that I said,because first and foremost, I'm a fan and I'd be in Cameron and going, youknow, it took me a while to go johnny moore who ran the radio network wouldsay to me, you can't do that. You're holding a Duke radio network microphone.You can't get up and be doing this stuff. Okay. All right, okay. I get it.But that's that's what I did When I left L. A. for 10 years before I cameto Kentucky. Yeah, Well that that's amazing like because that doesn't justhappen to everybody. I've played it. I've played in lots of celebrity golftournaments and you know, just you go and play and you go home and you meetsome people, but that's amazing that like you go playing the Duke Celebritygolf tournament and coach K says just come work for me must have you know, Iknow your humble, but you must have a really good personality. No, I act likeI have a really good, you'll you'll appreciate this so much because I am insuch awe of the people that I have gotten to meet, whether I got friendlywith them or not. The very first celebrity tournament I played was inOrlando, it was Payne Stewart had a tournament and I went the day before toplay in the practice round and the kid at the golf course takes my bag, yousaid your carts over there and I walk over and there's a bag on my cartalready another celebrity I'm going to play in the practice round with and Iturned the bag tag around and it's Bart Starr, Oh really? Now uh I'm a Giantsfan, but it's Bart Starr, I'm just like...

...this nobody actor and for four holesriding with Bard, I couldn't even talk, it's like the whole Carl Reiner thingall over again, it was, but I would look out of the corner of my eye and Iwould go, my God, it's parts I'm riding with Bart Starr, He turned out he had ason who wanted to be an actor, he asked me all kinds of questions, he waswonderful, but did you beat them, all those people? No, I always let athletes,you know, I would have let you beat me because you have your egos. Oh yeah,you let us win. You have very fragile egos. I know new Yorkers are so niceand humble and Yeah. Right. Exactly. Uh anyway, the number of athletes who Irevere, here's another one. Okay, I'm playing in a golf tournament and I'd gofor the practice round and I'm writing with Julius erving, Oh yeah, that wasnow my brother. And I grew up On Long Island Julius, grew up 20 minutes fromus, graduated the same year that we did and we played against him. I killedanyway, yeah, of course we're riding in the golf cart and it was 20 years later.And I finally I said to him, you know, I played against you, he went, where'dyou go to high school? I said fuel it. He went, you went to Hewlett I said,yeah, he goes he thinks for him and he said you have a twin brother. That wasthe greatest compliment. Oh my gosh, in the world. And and since then we playedin, I am friendly with so many. That is awesome that I admire and now I'm goingto be friends with you because I'll tell you something enough about me, Youthrew for over 21,000 yards in your career, 21,000, you had a 15 yearcareer in the NFL you are to me and if you played, I have a friend. Doug Flynnwho played for the reds in the, in the for the big red Machine, I think he hit2 11 in his career and I make fun of them all the time. And the first time Isaid You had to 11 dude, he said and every one of those hits was in themajor leagues, everyone. Yeah, that's what I think about you. The career thatyou had is incredible. I look at you and awe as I'm looking at you now thatyou did that. Well, I'm just a dad and a husband that I'll eat you, but I'mjust your very humble to I know that's my wife. Well, I always have my dad, mydad's always in the back of my head saying like, or just smacking me, right?That's why I don't have tattoos. I never had an earring because you know,he was gonna rip either one of them if I got any of them, they were coming out.He was one of 15 kids in a catholic family, so oh my Lord, you know what?You were such a great athlete, like, you know, doing all that stuff withyour family. That's amazing. 15 yeah, he was one of 15 kids. He was crazy.Yeah, it was always going up one of his brothers, Sisters House, always ourfamily reunions were nuts because half my family lives in Canada. Uh so it'sjust crazy. Yeah, it's really is crazy. So tell us a little bit about your showhow people can find you and uh you know there, because I know you're you're allover social media, it's your, like your favorite thing twitter is, and thankyou know, I started doing my golf show, I've been doing my daily show for 12years my golf show, I think this is our sixth or seventh year. And when Istarted I had a very young producer named eric Matthews and he said to melike the second week, are you on twitter? I said no, I'm not doing that.I'm not getting on social media. I'm not he said you have to because youhave this show, it's going to be the only way you can connect and get guestsfor the show. Yeah, okay. And I started out and I got 20 followers and 30followers if it weren't for eric making me do that, I wouldn't have any ofthese friends, the way that I'm talking to you right now. I'm the teeth becauseof twitter person who introduced me to terry into you after he did yourpodcast. So, twitter is big to me. I hate a lot of it because of everythingthat's going on. But for my shows I need to be on twitter, facebook is formy family and my family stuff. Well, it's just amazing that you have twoshows, right? You have a golf show and then you just do sports radio, right?So sports radio, you're talking about...

...everything, right? You're you're you'rebringing up old Wisconsin players who are in the Rose Bowl and then Engulf inyour golf show now, you know, what are you just talking about the tournamentsthat are being played every week? Or are you doing like talking about likenew equipment coming out? What is I mean I do, I'll have I have a friendthat does a great review of equipment that I have on every once in a while,but my golf show, it's I just want to have fun. It's I don't I don't careabout that many tournaments anymore. I didn't even care about the Fedex Cupthat they just played, to be honest with you, the Solheim Cup. I wanted totalk about um the majors I'll talk about, but I just want interestingpeople And that's the way I got to Keith Hirschmann was about him being aproducer for the 1st 20 years of the golf channel. So that's what my show isabout and I have local people on local pros that put on all kinds of greatthings for junior golfers here. I have a guy in Ireland that comes on my showthat runs the best junior golf tour in the world, really. I have him on myshow, it's fantastic. So you probably love his accent, you have a good accent.He does, he doesn't like mine though. He says I'm like lucky charms guy. It'snot you're way better at air guitar. Yeah I am so all right. Last questionif you gotta pull club out of your bag. Yeah and play air guitar? Which one isit with? That's what a question. Play air guitar with Witch Club. It actuallywould be my putter that my brother Michi gave for our birthday last yearto me. That's a replica of the club. The putter that Sevy biased eros usedfor a long, long time. Heavy is my idol. Okay has been and that's my favoriteclub. So I would pull that and play air guitar on my pa I was thinking moredriver because it's a base, you know like the long. No, I I you know Ilearned how to play. Actually my putter would be more like a UKulele. You're mykids make fun of me all the time because I bend over so far to put. Uhhuh. You know I play with my boys constantly and then uh you know so theyget to play, they play scramble and I played by myself and I still whoop themall the time. So good. I said you still got a long way to go. I mean come onreally tell him to give me a call, I'll talk to them about how they treat you.It's terrible. It's terrible, terrible. Anyway you can get me on twitter atreal loro five L. A. U. R. O. And the # five. Alright then everybody can catchyou on ESPN radio. Right? Uh yep. W local is that national show its localum all over Kentucky and but we have an app. It's W. L. X. G. Dot com and youcan go in there and listen live anytime you want. Awesome. I'm gonna check itout. I got to go listen to you. I want to hear this guy yelling at you aboutWisconsin. So ted all right, I'll call in right after ted I would love thatyou can call. I actually I'll talk to terry and we'll get you. I love to callin. I don't know if you know this but oh my God, the NFL season started likea few minutes ago. I don't know. Yeah, I know. Tell me about it. I am probably,you're probably rooting for brady right? No, we call them mom trading. So I'mnot watching any game that the Cry boys playing. Oh so you're not even watchingtonight? I'm not I'll walk by the T. V. And I'll go, oh great because I have toI'll have to talk about it tomorrow but I'll read about it on twitter after thegame. I'm not watching jerry jones team. No, no I'm not doing it. I have to Ihave a little infinity for the cowboys just because I coached Ezekiel Elliottin high school. So so I little I gotta watch a little bit there. I love Zeke.I love Dak. I love it's not about that. It's more about obviously the Giantsand the Cry boys, their rivalry, but to me it's about jerry jones period. Idon't want anything to do with them. So it's like Daniel Snyder. Yes, exactly.Right owners in sports. We could get into this. Yeah, yeah. Well, I'lldefinitely have to call into your show. Absolutely. Any time. Any time. Well,hey, Matthew, this has been awesome is one of my favorite shows. I appreciateyou joining me on auto up with Gus, I had so much fun. Thanks Gus, I can'ttell you what it means to me seriously to do this with you. Well, you know,we'll have to, I'll have to come down...

...recorded on my phone will do thebourbon tour, will go golfing and uh, we'll have another show. Absolutely. Wemight not be coherent, but there's fun. You're next. Good. That's goodpodcasting and you're yeah, you're irish accent will come out and it'llsound perfect. It'll be perfect. Okay, Alright buddy. Hey, thank you, Matthewfor joining me. Thank you and thank you brian and terry to. Thanks for havingme. I'll talk to you. All right, take care buddy, have a good night. So yeah, Hey everyone, uh that was a greatepisode with Matthew, I appreciate you listen to how to up with Gus uh join usevery week. Uh, and you can listen to us wherever you listen to your favoritepodcast. What a great guy. I can't believe how awesome he was. We just hadan amazing talk. But hey, I want to thank all my partners want to thankbrian and terry for helping terry. Thank you so much for getting greatguests. Uh, And I want to thank 1631 digital news sounder FM and don'tforget about Vegas sports advantage. And that's a wrap sportsman. Thanks forjoining in the fun at the 16 31 digital studios for another to huddle up withus featuring 15 year NFL quarterback restaurant Huddle up with Gus isproudly produced by 1631 digital media and is available on apple music.

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