Neil Simona��s classic comedy, The Odd Couple, comes back on TV this weekend
Mathew Perry (as Oscar Madison)
Why was The Odd Couple a project you wanted to develop?
The Odd Couple is written by Neil Simon, but we are doing a new version of it here. I think I wanted to do a job where I wouldna��t have to shave and wouldna��t have to clean up, or make my hair look nice. So I thought, hey, I will do The Odd Couple.
Whata��s the most enjoyable part about playing Oscar Madison?
Ita��s a dream come true because he is a mess. So, I dona��t have to wear hair and make-up and I just sort of show up. And hea��s a complete slob, but hea��s got a good heart.
What is it like working with Thomas Lennon?
We are completely opposite people and we get along great. Ita��s a slightly exaggerated form of it onscreen, but off-screen he is sort of like Felix, too. He carries around Purell and wears a tie all the time and other stuff that I dona��t do.
Thomas Lennon (as Felix Unger)
What do you like most about the series?
I think wea��ve really brought something new to the story. And I will say this as a person whoa��s been in comedy my whole life pretty much. The one thing I dona��t think people are expecting is how funny this new one is. Ita��s been very, very funny. And Ia��m pretty cynical, but ita��s been a�� every script of this new The Odd Couple has made me laugh hard. And then theya��ve been executed really well. So, Ia��m hopeful obviously that people will take to it. But I know that ita��s been the most fun Ia��ve ever had on a TV show and Ia��ve been doing TV shows since I was 22.
Why is the role of Felix Unger a good fit for you?
In a way I feel like Ia��ve been preparing my entire life to play Felix Unger. And I wasna��t quite aware of it, but I was becoming more and more compulsive. I was practising a lot of yoga, and I was practising the cello.
How would you describe your take on the classic character of Unger?
I am not trying to pay homage to any of them. I feel like I am a�� I probably am tipping my hat most to Tony Randall (who plays Unger in the a��70s version of the series) who is obviously a big influence for me a�� but then Ia��m also trying to add some other aspects of my own personality.
Premieres December 18. 8.30 pm. Monday to Friday. On Star World
and Star World HD.
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