Behind the Scenes: Three Decades and Still Grinding

by Mark Christopher Lawrence

 

Hollywood can be a fickle lover. One moment she adores you and the next she doesn’t know you exist. I have managed to stay in her good graces for over thirty years. Though there has been times that rough patches appear to have ended the love affair, we always seem to find our way back into each other’s arms. After a beautiful five year stretch on the tv series Chuck, I have been experiencing the ups and downs of this tumultuous relationship.

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Fortunately Pitch is a step in the direction of reconciliation.

Pitch is one of those shows that has a lot of heart and yet it hasn’t quite found its audience, but it has afforded me an opportunity to show Hollywood a more dramatic side of an accomplished comedian. A one day guest star opportunity that was filled with all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. The hustle and bustle of a busy set complete with “Lights. Camera. Action” and glorious craft services. An actor’s experience as a guest on a show in the midst of a run can be nerve racking, because you have to jump in at the pace of the cast and crew without upsetting the flow. Producers and the director help facilitate that flow by bringing the actor up to speed on the day. My time at Pitch was joyful. Everyone on the crew and the cast that I worked facilitated the flow. They treated me as if I had been there all along. A very important element in the longevity of show. Without the numbers it needs( in today’s corporate climate of Hollywood, numbers are all that matter) but I somehow feel that in this case Hollywood will embrace this show that has so much heart. As for me, the courtship has begun anew and it is exciting and I am rooting for Pitch.

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