In a video given by NetflixOswalt talks about his experience making “The Couch”, which was a turning point in his career. He only had two lines, but he felt this weight on him before they started rolling. As it turns out, “Harley Quinn” star Jason Alexander had a hilarious method of calming Oswalt’s nerves on set:
“Jason Alexander was on set with me and I’m forever indebted to him because right before we shot he leaned in and said ‘it’s not too late to get fired, Patton.” It made me laugh a lot, broke the tension, and then I relaxed, and I’ve been filming ever since. “
What makes this even more interesting is that this is Oswalt’s first paid acting job, so of course the pressure is huge, especially since “Seinfeld” is one of the biggest shows on the planet. TV at the time, let alone NBC’s history.
In any other context, that kind of “advice” sounds malicious, but just in the way Oswalt talks about Alexander, you can hear the actor’s brilliant comic book times shine. While it wasn’t just a background role, Oswalt did a great job of what he was hired to do in that scene, which was to make it hard for George Costanza to hire a VHS copy of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (because of him) he wants to avoid reading books).
Every season of “Seinfeld” is currently streaming on Netflix.
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