Interviews and Articles

NOTE: The transcript which follows isn't necessarily exact. Some phrases may be incorrectly transcribed and some may be left out. Any errors are unintentional.

Show: Today in New York (some Sunday)
Interviewer: Perri Peltz

PP: He plays James Brody, a kind of an underwater cowboy in the NBC Sunday night drama seaQuest.

PP: So I saw you walking past the Today Show and lots of attention, lots of people all wanting to talk to you and see you. What's all that like for you?

Ed: It's great, it's fun, you know. It's new to me but uh...

PP: Is it fun?

Ed: Yeah, it's fun. It's funny when I was in front of the Today show they asked me, "So what are you doing here?" I thought well, I don't know. I'm just here in New York for a couple... I had (or hadn't, can't tell what he said) planned to be there so it kinda took me by surprise. I went out to Orlando and now I'm here in NY.

PP: I'm here b/c you told me to be here.

Ed: Yeah, what do you think?

PP: Tell us about Lt. James Brody.

Ed: Lt. James Brody... well he's the SWAT team member kind of the action.. action guy. whenever there's a problem on the boat, whenever there's an evil creature lurking, I'm dispatched to go and fight it.

PP: So you're an evil creature fighter?

Ed: That's right, I guess I'm the good guy.

PP: Now I read in some of your promo materials that you do your own stunts.

Ed: Yeah well I also...

PP: Impress us, come on.

Ed: Well most of the time I. and but there are some that I don't do, but most of the time I do, and that's kind of fun because it's...

PP: What's the scariest thing you've done?

Ed: Probably climbing up a roof and uh which was...

PP: Gee that's scary.

Ed: It was crazy! It was crazy! Really scary, but um. it's really kind of fun b/c when you do your own stunts. I guess it's sort of when you're a little kid playing cowboys and Indians again.

PP: The show must be like playing cowboys and Indians.

Ed: It is you know. It's funny because that clip you showed right after that where it cut off. I was shooting a man-eating plant and uh. I ran out and I started going pachoom-pachoom-pachoom. I didn't realize they were putting all that in post. I was so involved doing that.

PP: Well you can work on our plant after this show.

Ed: Yeah, I'll take care of it.

PP: This year your show actually went through quite a few changes. In fact the star, uh Roy Scheider, spoke out against some of these changes. Was it difficult on the set with that?

Ed: Um. Well initially it was but um. you know Roy felt strongly about it uh. maybe the show was going in a different direction than Roy anticipated, so uh but you know we're thru that. He expressed his discontent.

PP: But everything's ok now?

Ed: Uh yeah we're...

PP: A happy family?

Ed: Yeah, a happy family.

PP: Um... since... lets get moving a little away from seaQuest. You're about to embark on two other projects. Is that right?

Ed: Well I have two movies that are coming out. One called Above Suspicion with Christopher Reeve and Joe Mantegna and I play Christopher Reeve's much younger brother. It's sort of a thriller, a little bit of a story about betrayal between two brothers and uh I think it's a good film. We don't have a distribution date yet.

PP: But coming out soon to a theater near you.

Ed: Yes, hopefully soon.

PP: Well, unfortunately I'm going to cut you off. Thank you so much for coming up.

The next one's from Live @ 5

[talking about struggling actors' jobs]

Q: What was the worst one that you did?

Ed: The worst job by far was um.. I was a fudgemaker in a fudge shop. That was before and it's bad. I had to wear a nametag that said 'Fudgemaker Ed' and a brown apron and a brown cap and the worst is that I had to ring this bell in this mall where you know there's plenty of cute girls around and I had to ring a bell and say "It's fudge time!"

Q: How many girls did you pick up going "Hi, I'm Fudgemaker Ed!"?

Ed: Well, it's a challenge. If you can do that.. you're good.

Q: You also did some commercials. Do people come up to you on the street and recognize you more or as much from seaQuest than they do from the commercials you've done?

Ed: More probably from commercials.

(runs one of the Old Spice Commercials)

Q: Do you use that stuff?

Ed: Uh sure.

Q: Yeah (laugh) Do you really?

Ed: Yes I use Old Spice. For all those out there who haven't tried Old Spice, try it. It's great.

Q: And you get the girls, apparently.

Ed: Well, I don't know about that. I can't really say. It makes you smell good.

Q: How do you tell when someone's lying on a show like this? Is it when their eyes dart around the room? It's good smelling, it really is. What's next? Are you doing movies?

(snip stuff about AS and Magic Island, he's a British aristocrat in it)

A life of 'Legalese' Things weren't always easy for co-star of new TNT movie

[TV Barn - Posted by Aaron Barnhart on Saturday, October 03, 1998 at 12:00 AM]

Anyone who doubts that Kansas City native Edward Kerr has learned what is required of a young male lead need only see his entrance in the new made-for-TNT movie "Legalese". In it he is run over by a car driven by James Garner. Garner's high-profile, big-talking lawyer - similar to the high-profile, big-talking corporate honcho he played in "Barbarians at the Gate" - bursts from the car, litigating. But Kerr's freshly barred attorney does not entirely give in to these flourishes. He's flustered but stands his ground, informing Mr. Bigshot that the security camera over his shoulder "made my case five minutes ago". The star lawyer likes this kid. And so do we. "Legalese", which runs three times Sunday beginning at 7 on TNT, is a smartly written satire on today's celebrity-driven scandals. It asks us to consider whether, in an age of mass communications, the court of public opinion has supplanted the court of law. Garner and his aggressive secretary (Mary-Louise Parker) prop up Kerr as the ostensible defender of a B-movie starlet (Gina Gershon) accused of murder, while they pull his strings. A suspicious TV reporter (Kathleen Turner) is soon onto their ruse, but she may not be enough to stop Kerr, who enjoys playing the junior Matlock role and soon is basking in as much fame as his famous client. The cringe factor aided by an intelligent screenplay from newcomer Billy Ray (in his first solo effort), Kerr gives a notable performance in his biggest movie role to date. But the 31-year-old actor didn't stick around a screening last week in Los Angeles long enough to see it. The next morning, in a telephone interview, he cited the "high-cringe factor" of watching himself act. "I had to leave it because I realized I still have a long way to go", Kerr said. "There's a lot to learn in this profession. When I started, I was so young and so uninformed, I think my ignorance helped me. Because if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't have packed up my car and $ 325 and come out here, which was really stupid." Kerr attended Rockhurst High School his freshman and junior years before his parents, Day and Whitney Kerr, sent him to a private school in Virginia. At Vanderbilt University, Kerr majored in history. So what made him head for Hollywood Hills? "I loved movies. It was something I wanted to explore, and I decided that if I didn't try to do it at an early age, I'd regret it." He adopted the Hollywood lifestyle - "took acting classes, took a waiter job, the whole deal" - and two years to the day after his arrival, got his break: a development deal with NBC. "I went in and read for the head of casting. She liked me, and she organized a network meeting. And I went ahead and read for a group of executives. They signed me to a holding deal." Soon Kerr was making forgettable nighttime soaps ("The Secrets of Lake Success" for NBC) and commercials ("I was the Old Spice guy for a couple of years"), just like scores of other promising actors. He also was a co-star in "Above Suspicion", a movie that has since gained some notoriety because it features a pre-riding accident Christopher Reeve as a murderer who fakes paralysis to beat the rap. Although "Legalese" may be his coming-out for Middle America, Kerr has already debuted to the art-house crowd as the title character in "Confessions of a Sexist Pig", the new indie film from writer-director Sandy Tung ("Across the Tracks"). It played to raves at the Santa Barbara and Minneapolis film festivals, and Paramount's TV group has optioned the movie for development as a one-hour "dramedy" that would star Kerr. So the gamble the young college graduate took when he pointed his car west paid off. But even today, Kerr realizes how lucky he was. "Every day there are thousands of people who arrive in this town with big dreams", he said. "I mean, it was only eight years ago, but when you're young, you think the world is your oyster. In fact, if it weren't for a fraternity brother who was living out here at the time, I'd have been living out of my car."

Q & A with Edward Kerr (from Legalese - official)

Q: Why did you choose this role?
A: I fell in love with the character and once I heard who was on board, I really wanted the opportunity to work with this cast and Glenn, the director. I think it is a wonderful moral dilemma my character, Roy Guyton, faces because he has to choose between his ambition and integrity.

Q: Who is Roy Guyton?
A: He is a young, ambitious man, fresh out of law school, from a very humble background and intent on making his mark on the world. He gets a great opportunity handed to him by James Garner's character, Norman Keane. Norman leads him around and dictates his career, and my character is faced with deciding whether he is going to do the right thing or not.

Q: To what extent do you think lawyers are celebrities today?
A: The media is so focused on so many big court cases because they make great stories. It is better than anything else that can be written for television, so lawyers become stars. They are at the center of the biggest scandal-the lead actors in the lead stories.

Q: What do you hope viewers take away from this film?
A: It is such a clever film and is timely, because it reflects some of what takes place when a high-profile case is tried in today's system. I hope they enjoy it.