TRANSCRIPT OFFICIAL MISSION TO MARS SITE
Hi there eyeryone!
O'CONNELL: Hello everyone! I'm at the
New York Knicks game with Gary Sinise. He's going to be on Good Morning
America tomorrow. I'm going to be on Kathie Lee and Regis the next day.
No question too honest or graphic for me!
guest-sigma says: Jerry, What was it like to work with Gary Sinise?
O'CONNELL: I'm here with him now. It was awesome to work
with him. He's the most intense actor I've ever worked with. I felt
like I should get a Gatorade and a towel when I showed up on the set
the first day. He's a great guy.
O'CONNELL: I'm sitting here at the Knicks game, having a
few beers with Gary and eating peanuts. It hasn't really affected me
says: Congratulations, Jerry! You can't go anywhere without hearing
something about you anymore!
O'CONNELL: I'm rather excited about the "Mission to
Mars". The chance to work with DePalma on his first big sci-fi
adventure is something I jumped on. I'd go to any lengths to tell people
about this film.
says: Mr. O'Connell, is it true that when you were scheduled to
have a chat on ETOnline, they cancelled it because you were at the Yankees
World Series game?
O'CONNELL: Yeah, I tend to go to sporting events on a regular
basis. If it has to do with a New York team, I'm there. Go New York,
go New York, go!
For those of you who logged in late, we're having problems with
the audio, so this chat will be in text only.
guest-Spiffy415 says: What is "Buying The Cow" about?
O'CONNELL: It's about a girl who gives her boyfriend an ultimatum:
should he buy the cow when he gets the milk for free. It's a good movie,
starring Bridget Wilson. We don't quite go to Mars on that one. But
it was a lot of fun to work with Bridget Wilson.
Jerry, I can't wait until Mission to Mars comes out Friday. How was
the premiere? Who did you go with to see it?
JERRY O'CONNELL: It was awesome! I went with my brother. You've got to check out this movie. It's very cool!
guest-Spiffy415 says: Did you enjoy working in Jerry Maguire?
O'CONNELL: I loved "Jerry MaGuire" When you get
to work with the likes of Tom Cruise, it's such a great experience as
guest-Jen says: What is your favorite flavor of JELLO?
O'CONNELL: I'm a regular Jell-O kind of guy, but there must
be Reddi-Wip nearby!
says: So tell us about the wheel of cheese! What's that all about?
O'CONNELL: They suspended me upside down for 10 hours a day
for two weeks. I had to be careful what I had for lunch every day!
says: You seem to love the spacesuit from Mission To mars so much,
why didn't you ask them to let you keep it?
JERRY O'CONNELL: Because it costs more than I'm worth! If I were to steal it, they'd have me arrested immediately!
says: Jerry I've enjoyed all of your movies. I recently got Ollie
Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss and enjoyed that also. What did you do for
vacations when you were a kid?
O'CONNELL: Usually, with my family, we'd go to some obscure
country that my parents thought would educate my brother and I. Like
Haiti in 1984. Thanks for remembering "Ollie". It was directed
by Jean Shephard, a genius. I should tell everyone, the Knicks are leading
35-25, six minutes left in the third period. They're playing the Grizzlies.
Sorry, it's the second period.
what is the most exciting thing that has happened to you during the
filming of "Missions To Mars"?
O'CONNELL: I want to say working with Brian DePalma. I wrote
papers on him at NYU Film School. To get to see him work his magic was
a real honor. I got an A on my paper, but I didn't show it to Brian.
I thought I couldn't do better than that A.
says: Tell us a little more about your character Phil. I hear he's
got a funny thing with m&m's!
JERRY O'CONNELL: He's a computer operations specialist on the ship. That's a stretch for me, whose VCR flashes 12 all the time. I'm by no means a computer specialist.
says: : I'm down here in FL and the shuttle take-offs can
be seen even over here in Tampa!! Did you visit Cape Canaveral?
O'CONNELL: Yes, it was unbelievable. Very patriotic, but
I was more excited to be there as a human.
guest-cindy174 says: You have great comedic timing. Is comedy a genre you're interested in?
Definitely. I like to think of myself as a pretty funny guy.
says: Have you done any producing, directing or writing since Sliders?
O'CONNELL: I wrote "First Daughter" which we start
shooting in August. I'm excited about it. working with director Brian
O'CONNELL: Fictional....it's a lot easier to act than run
a country...and the craft service table is a lot tastier!
says: Jerry, when writing a movie or story line what gives you the
idea? Do you dream them or take from personal experiance?
O'CONNELL: I went to New York University and majored in screenwriting.
It's the best film school in the country. I got most of my skills from
there. It's much better than USC! :)
says: Did you really put live cockroaches in your mouth?
O'CONNELL: Yes! As an actor, I'd do what I had to. For "Joe's
Apartment" Of course, it affected my dating life after that.
says: Who were you most excited about seeing show up at the M2M
O'CONNELL: It's very exciting to work on a project for eight
months. And to see it all put together is great. It doesn't even matter
who was at the premiere. It's the fact that we got to see this aweome
movie. To see all of DePalma's choreography coming to life was great.
: I saw the trailer to "Missions To Mars" and read how you
worked out intensively to get ready for your role, how did you get so
buff so quickly? LOL I have been working out for a long time now and
i'm not even close
JERRY O'CONNELL: They got me the best of trainers. I have to get back into shape now. I should probably book myself on another space movie!
guest-KaraokeSuperStar says: Did you make any good friends while making Mission to Mars like you did in Scream 2? Who's your best bud?
JERRY O'CONNELL: I' m sitting next to Gary Sinise and, his best bud...Peter Friedlander.
Movies_Host: Just so you all know... Jerry is having a hard time hearing us Those Knicks sure play awful loud.
says: I agree that you have great comedic potential. Would you ever
be a regular on a sitcom if the opportunity arose?
O'CONNELL: I did a TV show with Hilary Swank when I was in
college. "Camp Wilder" We were very funny again. We were very
We can hear that Knicks crowd screaming.... We're just waiting for Jerry
to get to a better location where he can hear us.
guest-Spiffy415 says: So, give us an update on the game!
O'CONNELL: The Knicks are up... They're up by 15 and it's
says: I LOVE GARY, TOO, WILL YOU TELL HIM BETTY DYLAN SAYS HI!?
O'CONNELL: I will....
O'CONNELL: I'm sitting here at the game, getting a hot dog.
I'll let you decide...
guest-Silva says: What special effects impressed you the most after seeing the movie on the screen?
O'CONNELL: Probably Brian DePalma's camerawork. I don't consider
him a filmmaker. I consider him more a choreographer of the camera.
Him dealing with weightlessness...when we were right-side up, the camera
was upside down. It was unbelievable.
You would fall asleep in your space suit?
O'CONNELL: It was so comfortable, with the climate control
and the oxygen generator, hanging on those wires for hours at a time.
It was like being back in the womb.
says: Any particular actor with whom you'd like to work now?
O'CONNELL: My next project is with Shannon Elizabeth, of
American Pie fame. I've very excited to work with her.
says: What was your favorite cartoon as a child (or as an adult)?
O'CONNELL: Scooby Doo....but more modern: The Tick, which
Barry Sonnefeld is doing as a TV show. I met with the producer Barry
Josephson. I hope to work with him in the future and I'm very excited
to see the live-action version of The Tick.
says: Who's the better athelete, you or your brother Charlie? It
was fun seeing you guys in the celebrity basketeball game in Oakland
by the way!
O'CONNELL: My brother...but don't tell him I told you that.
I'm much smarter than he is.
says: Will you cut you head bald for a role?
O'CONNELL: Sure... If it called, I'd shave my body. Although
there's not much hair to shave.
did you space suit weight a lot?
O'CONNELL: 50 pounds and I loved every pound of it.
says: Do you stil play a lot of the sports you played in high school
and college, eg fencing?
O'CONNELL: Yes, I fence on a regular basis. It's a great
sport. It needs to make a change though. They need to make it more excited.
More urban. Like the change basketball in the mid sixties.
go knicks! who's your fave palyer?
O'CONNELL: I've got to go with Pat Ewing. Loyal guy. Loyal
as a lab. Stayed with the Knicks through thick and thin. He's been to
two finals. I hope he gets a ring. He deserves it. He looks good tonight.
What did you learn from working with NASA consultants like Story Musgrave?
O'CONNELL: These guys are total scientists, they are so smart,
they have more degrees from universities than a thermometer. I was so
impressed by their work ethic, not only educational, but physical.
says: Have any fans approached you at the game?
JERRY O'CONNELL: I'm sitting courtside. Look for me on ESPN highlights.
says: Hi Jerry! Whats it feel like seeing yourself on a
O'CONNELL: It's pretty intense. Seeing all the computer generated
effects after doing scenes in forever green-screen. It's amazing what
Industrial Light and Magic can do.
For those of you who logged in late, the audio is not working, so this
chat is in text only.
says: Is there something that you've always wanted to do or learn
but never had the chance to?
O'CONNELL: Yes...play the trumpet. Maybe it's a Chet Baker
fixation. I want to take a couple of lessons at some point in time in
says: Jerry what do you do for hobbies?
O'CONNELL: I surf, I golf with my boss from Mission to Mars,
Tom Jacobson. And I love to come to sporting events. This is me, talking
to you guys from half-time at the Knicks game.
says: Jerry do you ever feel like to many people want a piece of
you. What I mean to say is do you wish you had more privacy?
O'CONNELL: No...right now I am so single it's not even funny.
Any hot girls out there, if you would like to leave your e-mail addresses....I'm
very interested! I'm serious. I'm looking.
I find that hard to believe.
says: Have you ever thought of doing an action role? You done most
everything else in some form or another.
O'CONNELL: I love action. Laugh as you may, one of the major
influences on my life was Die Hard. I am all about action movies.
says: I loved you in My Secret Identity. What was your favorite
episode? Do you still talk to Christopher Bolton and Derek McGrath?
O'CONNELL: I talk to Derek McGrath quite often. I'm sure
we'll work together again. You may remember him as Handy Andy from Cheers.
My Secret Identity taught me many fundamentals of filmmaking. On low
budget TV shows, the style is raw and fun. It inspired me to go to New
York University Film School. I just turned 26...
says: Tell Jerry I'd give him free lessons on playing the Trumpet
O'CONNELL: I'll take you up on that....leave your e-mail
says: Would you move to find the girl of your dreams?
O'CONNELL: That's a little early to say. I've yet to meet
her. I've been burned one two many times. I'm going through a phase
where I'm not really giving a lot.
says: Jerry when are you going to come back and visit us in Toronto?
I miss you here!
O'CONNELL: I love TL....how about Vince Carter? I'll see
you up there soon.
says: what would be Jerry_oconnell's dream role?
O'CONNELL: I auditioned for Billy Crystal to play Roger Maris
in an HBO film. I don't quite think it's going to happen, but that would
be a dream role. Go Yankees!
says: Do you ever watch a movie you finished and wanted to change
something, but its to late?
O'CONNELL: No.... My job is not on-set. The final cut is
a collaborative process. I think if you look at everything I do, I'm
pretty funny and I had a great timedoing it.
Ernie161 says: i now alot of girls that would like you man
says: jerry.. i think your the cutest and i just wanted to tell
you i love you! and I'm 24 is that to young for you? Because I'll leave
my e-mail address
O'CONNELL: I'm single....We'll find a location....you'll
recognize me by the pink carnation I'll be wearing....That would seem
pretty cool. I'm a movie buff, what can I say?
Tell us, Jerry, what is your dream girl like?
O'CONNELL: Funny, has a job, and according to my mom, needs
full medical and dental benefits. She doesn't have to like sports, I'll
be fine by myself going to the Yankee games.
says: Do you enjoy Sci-Fi roles the most?
O'CONNELL: I love them and I definitely loved the opportunity
to work with Brian DePalma on his first sci-fi adventure.
says: speaking of college, how did you mangage to graduate when
you were 19?
O'CONNELL: I actually graduated when I was 20. I took summer
courses. My parents were adamant about me graduating. I did it in four
years, but I had taken a semester off to do a sitcom with Hillary Swank.
Summer courses, baby, summer courses!
There are alot of girls that would LOVE to date you.
says: Hey Jerry, how do you do it man? You've got all these girls
climbing all over you. Whats your secret?
O'CONNELL: It's not going too well for me right now on the
girl front. I wish I could share secrets with you, but I'm not really
on a hot streak right now.
says: Jerry, I've got full medical and dental if you want it!
O'CONNELL: I'm in. Let's go out to brunch with my mom. She'll
Thanks for chatting with us, today, Jerry!
JERRY O'CONNELL: Check me out on ESPN highlights. I'm sitting right under the Knicks basket in the second half. I'll be the guy sitting next to Peter Friedlander, Gary Sinise's Development guy. Gary got the halfcourt tickets. I'm a little jealous, but that's how it goes. See "Mission to Mars". Brian DePalma made a kick ass movie! Any e-mails, I will answer!
Well, we've just about run out of time for today! I want to thank Jerry
again for spending some time with us. And thanks to everyone out there
for sending in those great questions. Join us tomorrow at 8pm EST/5pm
EST for a