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Chicago Sun-Times
May 4, 2005 Wednesday
FACE TIME Q&A with Martin Short
Bill Zwecker

Martin Short breezed through town the other day to talk about "Jiminy Glick in Lalawood," his totally improvised film (opening Friday) based on the bizarre celebrity interviewer he created -- best known from three seasons on his Comedy Central mockumentary show, "Prime Time Glick."

Q. You filmed at the Toronto Film Festival. How did celebrities react to you on the red carpet?

A.The stars were fine. It was their handlers who were actually funnier, saying things like, "Martin Short is here doing one of those characters of his. You don't have to stop if you don't want to. There's really nothing in it for you." That certainly shows how Hollywood works, doesn't it?

Q. What's Jiminy's appeal? He really can be kind of insulting to those huge Hollywood egos.

A. Jiminy is exceedingly complex. He's as endearing and huggable as a Teddy bear, and then he can turn into a maddening little viper -- all while asking the same question. I think he actually made Steve Martin nervous [during the interviews in the film]. Poor Kurt Russell needed Goldie [Hawn] to talk him into talking to me -- uh, I mean Jiminy!

Q. How much time in makeup to play Jiminy and David Lynch?

A. Ninety minutes for Jiminy, but nearly four hours for David. We gave the makeup and wardrobe people top billing in the credits -- for good reason!


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