Ask Alexandra – July 2016
1) Hi Alexandra! 🙂 I’m 25 years old, and I’ve got autism. I thought you were really awesome in the 1987 movie version of the classic television show “Dragnet” as Connie Swail with Dan Aykroyd as Sgt. Joe Friday and Tom Hanks as Detective Pep Streebek, along with Bill Gannon himself (as well as Colonel Potter on “M*A*S*H” which my grandpa watches), Harry Morgan (who played on the original “Dragnet” with Jack Webb), Franklin M. Hart Jr. himself, Dabney Coleman as the Hugh Hefner parody Jerry Caesar, and Captain Von Trapp himself, Christopher Plummer as the evil Rev. Jonathan Whirley! 🙂 What was it like working with Dan and Tom, and you did ever watch Dan on “Saturday Night Live” (before it was known as “SNL”) back in the 1970’s, along with Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, etc.? 🙂 And as for Tom, him and the late, great Robin Williams (may he RIP) are 2 of my all time favorite Oscar winning actors actors, so that’s why “Aladdin” and “Toy Story” are my 2 all time favorite Disney animated movies because of Tom and Robin! 🙂
Thank you for writing. I am glad you enjoyed Dragnet ’87. It was really fun to make – Tom Hanks is as warm and friendly as you would imagine him to be, and Dan Aykroyd is a real gentleman. He not only starred in the movie, but had also written it. He had so much dialogue to learn! They are wonderful people and a joy to work with.
I had watched Dan when I was in high school on Saturday Night Live and he and John Belushi were my favorite actors on the show. Little did I know I was going to work with him 8 years later!
Thank you for writing in, Sean, and for reminding me of the awesome cast.
I admire your views. What do you think of the upcoming election? Now that Hillary is officially the nominee, will you be supporting her?
I voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary, but I will happily vote for Hillary Clinton in November. I am very disappointed in the GOP and its constituents who voted for Donald Trump. He has no platform except to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, bomb the heck out of the middle east and “make America great again”. He is petulant when he does not get his way, he lies outright and is a racist. He cares more about getting publicity for himself than what is actually good for the country and its citizens. .
I shudder to think what would happen if he were President of the United States, but I trust that Americans are not that stupid to vote him in. Of course, I thought the Republicans were not that stupid either and I was wrong there…
I hope you vote in the November election, Chris.
Thank you for writing.