Anthony Michael Hall Gets the 'Community' Spirit
Hope you enjoy my syndicated profile of a very special visitor on this week's episode.
Checking in with Anthony Michael Hall
By Kate O'Hare
The study room set for NBC's junior college comedy "Community" is all decked out for a Christmas party, which fits right in with the nearly frigid level of the air conditioning (thankfully, hot pizza eventually arrives).
(Left, from left: Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Donald Glover; below, from left: Joel McHale, Anthony Michael Hall)
Luckily for Anthony Michael Hall, his guest starring role in "Comparative Religion," airing Thursday, Dec. 10, as campus bully Mike calls for layers of sweat clothes and finger gloves - and a fake dirty-blond mustache.
"The workers on the lot," he says, "they're always on bikes, and some lady from the painting shop drove by me. She said, 'Some of the guys in the shop were saying that you're that kid actor.' 'Yes, I am.' 'How long have you had that mustache?' 'Are you kidding me?' She bought it.
While Hall's appearance on the comedy does represent a reunion of sorts between him and series star Chevy Chase since the two appeared in "National Lampoon's Vacation," it's just as likely he's on the show because he was in "The Breakfast Club" - since both it and "Community" are about a motley group of oddballs who bond after being thrown together at school.
It also didn't hurt that Hall was already a fan.
"Seeing the trailers," he says, "I was looking forward to it being really funny, so I DVRed it and watched it. Within two minutes, Danny (star Danny Pudi) did that great bit about Judd Nelson (in 'The Breakfast Club'), and I was at home, laughing my butt off.
"To be honest with you, I had some kind of inkling, like, 'I should be doing that series; Chevy's on there.' It was in my head."
As to what's next for Hall, he says, "I've got two films funded, so I'm going to produce two and direct one."
Birthplace: West Roxbury,
TV cred: "ABC Weekend Specials: The Gold Bug," "Saturday Night Live," "The Dead Zone," "Pirates of Silicon Valley" (1999 TV movie, as Bill Gates), "61" (2001 TV movie, as Whitey Ford), "Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story" (2001 TV movie, as Mutt Lange)
Movie cred: "Six Pack" (1982), "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983), "Sixteen Candles" (1984), "The Breakfast Club" (1985), "Weird Science" (1985), "Edward Scissorhands" (1990), "Six Degrees of Separation" (1993), "Hail Caesar" (1994), "The Photographer" (2000), "Freddy Got Fingered" (2001), "Funny Valentine" (2005), "LA Blues" (2007), "The Dark Knight" (2008)
Favorite books: "'The Undiscovered Self' by Carl Jung; 'The Power of Your Subconscious Mind' by Dr. Joseph Murphy; 'The Power of Myth' by Joseph Campbell. Books are too powerful to only pick one. They continue to be a lifelong resource for me."
Favorite movie: " 'Raging Bull' - Scorsese and De Niro at their finest. Every time I watch it, I find something new in the film."
And lastly, here's Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley, just because it's an awesome shot.
And you never know, there just might be a bit more on this episode later in the week, 'cause I just had such a great time there ..