TV legend and Better Late Than Never star Henry Winkler dropped by Entertainment Weekly: The Show to reminisce about his colorful film and television career and shared thoughts about many of his projects, including Happy Days, Children’s Hospital, and Arrested Development.
Dishing on the recently wrapped fifth season of Arrested Development, he explained, “Last time we did this… all the actors were all busy, so they shot it when you were available. So I did a lot of scenes last season with a light-stand with crosses of tape on them. This was Jason Bateman, this was Jessica Walters, and I was talking to metal.” This time, he says, “everybody was in the room together,” which he describes as “amazing.”
He also talked about some of the big names he’s worked with throughout his career: Sylvester Stallone (“We would look at the crowd watching us film and he would say, ‘What are you looking at? I’m gonna eat you for breakfast.’”), Meryl Streep (“I auditioned [with her] and I thought, I can’t speak…and Universal would not hire her, because she wasn’t a name”), and Adam Sandler (“one of the four geniuses that I have worked for in my career”).
He describes his most recent show, Better Late Than Never, as an eating show, a travel show, and a comedy, with “five cameras, no script, and big personalities.” The show also stars George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw, William Shatner, and Jeff Dye.
Better Late Than Never airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.