Fred Savage Talks Directing ‘best friends forever’ and Fame

Known as Kevin Arnold from the Wonder Years before jumping behind the camera to produce and direct, actor Fred Savage has a new comedy series coming to NBC’s Wednesday night line up, Best Friends Forever.

The shows stars actress Lennon Parham and her best friend played by Jessica St. Clair, a recently divorced thirty something who moves back in with Parham in a comedy that has decided to ditch the crude one liners that seems to be on overload across the small screen these days.

As the director, Savage has decided to return to the yesteryears, opting for the old formula with the same amount of laughs, playing on the  human connection instead.  “I think the best comedy reflects your real experiences, the more people can identify with it, the better.  Comedy, in general, on television has become kind of mean spirited,” he shared with Reuters.  “For us, we really wanted to make this a show about love, about the love of two friends and the love of this couple and the fact that everyone loves each other so much … We really tried to make this a show about people not being nasty to each other, not putting each other down.”

While Savage does continue to act here and there, most recently in the TV series Generator Rex and the TV movie Being Bin Laden, working behind the camera seems to be where he is most comfortable.  “Directing was something I wanted to do since I was 13-years-old. It was always my interest. It wasn’t a decision away from something more than it was toward a dream I always had.”

Adding, “Fame was never a big part of my experience. I didn’t hang out with celebrities or live a celebrity lifestyle. Fame can come and fame can go. When it was never a part of your life to begin with, you don’t miss it. For me, it was always about the work … I just liked being on set and working. Fame shouldn’t be an end result. That’s a dangerous game to play and never part of the equation for me and still isn’t.”

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/jake-gyllenhaal-demolition.jpg
Jake Gyllenhaal on ‘Demolition’, Working with Chris Cooper and Directors Who Want Nothing to Do With Him
"I think storytelling is the most important part of movie-making over performance." - Jake Gyllenhaal
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/don-cheadle-miles-davis.jpg
Don Cheadle: “Be scared. Be on the edge of your creativity”
"Be willing to fall flat on your face and be in an unknown place. If you're doing that, you're probably growing" - Don Cheadle
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/jessie-eisenberg-louder-than-bombs.jpg
What is Jesse Eisenberg’s “Most Fulfilling Acting Experience”?
"My absolute favorite thing to do is to write a play and then, after I finish, do the first reading of it with my friends around the table"- Jesse Eisenberg
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Lupita-Nyong’o-eclipsed.jpg
Lupita Nyong’o on Her Broadway Debut: “When we get up on that stage, you do not know what will happen”
"I think theater offers a chance to flex muscles that then only help to sustain cinematic work." - Lupita Nyong'o
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/jake-gyllenhaal-demolition.jpg
Jake Gyllenhaal on Missed Superhero Opportunities and Portraying “Antisocial” Characters
"I’ve always wanted to have the opportunity to play a number of different roles, and I knew it wasn’t necessarily the role, but how you played them" - Jake Gyllenhaal