Just as fab, really. *snuggles the fabulous Richard* I was in a bog-awful mood beforehand, so I'm really glad I went. We had really good tickets - fourth row from the front, close enough to feel the energy and emotion rolling across him. *glows*The Q&A:
The Q&A rocked, I asked a question! *g* And Richard said it was a good question! *preens* Basically, I said that I'd seen the show during the previews and felt that the interpretation of The Librarian and the show itself had changed throughout the run - what did he think on that? Did he prepare The Librarian in rehearsals and stick with that interpretation, or did it change?
Richard said - and it was a nice long answer so I'm not even close to paraphrasing - that during rehearsals, he didn't have an audience, so he couldn't 'fix' his interpretation of the character. Also, that he viewed the audience as the other actor on the stage, and so his interpretation of the play changed with what the audience gave to him. He said that the Press Night had been an awful night for him, because the audience was so ungiving - they sat there with notepads and didn't participate, which was difficult for him because he didn't have anyone to act against
asked about the difference between acting in a tv studio and on a theatre stage, and Richard talked about how powerful he was on the tv studio - as an actor, he was able to work in his comfort zone the entire time, and that if he needed extra rehearsal time, he'd get it. He said that it was a bit of a shock when he directed some episodes, and how little power he had as a director! *g* Going back to theatre, with a one-man play, no less, was a real "shaking up" for him - possibly more than he had ancticipated!queenspanky
asked him about faith and the role it plays in his own life - but given that she's likely to write her own review of the Q&A, I'll leave her to relate his response! *g*
Someone asked him about his future plans, and he said that he was looking at a variety of things, but was tempted to spend some time with his kids, as they're still v. young.
He talked about Aaron Sorkin, and said that he seemed to practically vibrate! *g* Not quite sure how to take that, really. He also said that his relationship with Sorkin was really good, and talked a little about his own input in the writing process - not really regarding Toby's lines, but the other character's lines. So, for Charlie, in Take This Sabbath Day
, when Charlie says that he'd want to kill his mother's murderer himself, the initial line had him going on to say that, "but then I'd come to my senses and call the police," or something like that. Richard thought that this qualified the strength of Charlie's earlier statement, and argued hard that it should be removed. In the end, it came out in the editing process.
He said that he'd given away a few of his monologues because he felt that they worked better coming from other characters - "this speech is a Josh-speech, it's very effeminate..." to great laughter. :)
One scene that he did want to claim for Toby was the scene in In the Shadow of Two Gunmen
, when Toby goes to get CJ from California. Initially, that was supposed to be a Leo scene, but Richard wanted it for Toby, so spoke to John Spencer about it, who was happy to hand it over and agreed that it made better sense for Toby to do it.
Richard also talked about how he tried to NOT be involved in politics, as he found it odd that people expected him to be knowledgeable - he mentioned that when the Democratic convention had happened in LA, someone had tried to interview him about the Al Gore speech! "Well, I didn't write it!!" He also mentioned Howard Dean - apparently, when the West Wingers (who did
get involved in politics) turned up to whatever state Dean was in (I forget... *hangs head*), Dean had been up by 9 points... by the time they left, he was down by 6! He basically said that he didn't think it was constructive for Hollywood to back a candidate or get involved in politics.
One odd moment for him when reality and The West Wing
conflated was when he was receiving his honorary doctorate from CCNY, at the same time as Bill Clinton. Clinton greeted him with open arms (literally), they hung out for a bit, talked about the coming 2004 election, and then when they were walking down for the ceremony, they apparently went through Harlem, where Clinton was very very popular, so there were all of these people screaming, "Mr President, Mr President!", and Richard walking beside him said, "I've done this scene about 11 times..." ... which had us all laughing, of course.
Things Richard likes: baseball, not working, and parks. He's been hanging out at Speaker's Corner, apparently.
I can't remember the rest off the top of my head - I'll link through to queenspanky
's review once she writes it for the details of her question and anything else that she remembers that I missed off. The last thing was that, even after the MC kept saying, "last question, last question," Richard just said, "no, no, I'm happy to answer more," and carried on. He's such a star.Outside:
He wasn't outside the stage door, but instead exited the theatre by jumping down from the stage and going out the front door. He'd been carrying a book around for the Q&A, so when I immediately went to his side and smiled and was incredibly nosy about it, he was an absolute darling and showed it to me and told me what it was about (it's called "The History Book of the Dead", or something, and he hadn't read it yet, but it was a gift a fan had sent to him at the theatre, and it apparently featured The Wandering Jew). He signed my programme, and I am such a silly fangirl but I practically expired on the spot when he touched my elbow as he showed me the book and the little post-it on it and signed my programme and smiled and - *glee*
He's da bomb-diggy. I am luuuurve him long time. wingsmith
, btw, will deny that he was grinning like a loon during this, but both he and queenspanky
were both decrying having not purchased a programme that would be a good pretext for sticking around a little longer to talk to him. Because he's looooovely! *smooches him madly*
Is it wrong of me to want to go see the play again? *is hopeless*