You know Dan Bucatinsky from Scandal, The Comeback, and, starting Tuesday, NBC’s hilarious new comedy Marry Me in which he plays one of Casey Wilson’s characters dads. But thanks to our EW Pop Culture Personality Test, you will also know him as a man contemplating selling his prized pop culture possessions. Watch the video and read the transcript below for that story and more.
Viewers marathoning Scandal who do not know Bucatinsky’s character’s fate, proceed with caution: He spoils it when naming the TV character he’d date in real life.
Marry Me airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
EW: What TV character would you date in real life?
Bucatinsky: Which TV character would I date in real life? Chandler Bing… I would date, in a heartbeat, the man who killed me on Scandal. I would date him before I was dead. I wouldn’t date Scott Foley because I love Scott Foley—he’s a buddy of mine—but I would date Jake. Is that sick?
What is your prized pop culture possession?
I can’t believe you’re asking me this because I was literally just thinking about it 24 hours ago. I have (Laughs) an original, still in the box, I Dream of Jeannie Barbie. I also have a collector’s edition I Dream of Jeannie matchbox car, still in the box. I also have an I Dream of Jeannie salt and pepper shaker shaped like her bottle. And I have a Jeannie bobblehead. That’s it. I feel better now. And I will sell it because it makes me that guy who has the I Dream of Jeannie collection, and my kids have to have a dad who has an I Dream of Jeannie collection. No, you’re right. This has been very helpful. I’m selling it.
What was the first music you bought with your own money?
These are really good questions because I remember them. I found a rolled-up $20 bill, probably used by somebody to snort cocaine, and I found it sopping, sopping wet, and I went to the record store and I bought KISS Destroyer or KISS Live, the double album. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But…really? That’s the first album I bought with my own money, and money that I had just found. Drug money, so to speak.
What book did you pretend to read?
Johnny Tremain. I’ll never forget it. I don’t even know what it is. But I will never forget the words Johnny Tremain because I remember weeping in the bathroom of our house because I was supposed to have finished it, and I could not get through it. It was about some American Revolutionary soldier. I’m already (Snores). And P.S. not a classic, right? Did you ever hear of it? Okay. So if it had been better, I would have read it.
The Dreamer Don’t sell your ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ stuff! — EW