Bigfoot Interview: GeekNation Fan Danny Bonaduce Plus Barry Williams

By June 30, 2012

Left: Barry Williams, best known as Greg on The Brady Bunch. Right: Radio announcer Danny Bonaduce, first famous as Danny on The Patridge Family.

For this Saturday’s creature feature, Syfy debuts an original movie, Bigfoot, starring Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family‘s Danny) and Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch‘s Greg). I discussed the film with the stars during a conference call, which they began by describing how they each joined this project.

Barry Williams: It was really easy for me. They said that they were talking to Danny Bonaduce and they wanted me in the movie, and I said as long as I can beat him up, I’ll do the movie.

Danny Bonaduce: Fair enough. The movie went off [without] a hitch. It was perfect. Everybody, you know, worked really fast.

I was doing my radio show two years ago and heard that I was doing a movie about Bigfoot with Barry Williams. I called my agent, who also has my name on Google Search, and he said I just read that too. I said, “Is there any truth to it?” And he said, “I haven’t heard a word about it.”

And two years later, we started production. It was really bizarre but it’s neat.

Barry Williams: I have to tell you, too, I love doing a monster movie. It’s great fun to do because it’s only scary when you watch it and not so much when you do it. I’m always interested in something where I have a chance to save the world.

Danny Bonaduce: God, I’ve got to disagree with Barry vehemently. This is going to be a long phone call. Scary movies are not that scary when you watch them, but it was terrifying to make… When that guy says, “Look up here and scream because Bigfoot’s going to eat you,” and there’s no Bigfoot, you’re just staring off at a big stick with a piece of tape on it because we’re going to put in by magic (I’m sure there are some initials), that Bigfoot will be there later. Everybody screams. I said, “Barry, do you like feel really stupid when we do that?” And Barry said, “No, I’m an actor. When he says Bigfoot’s right there, I assume Bigfoot’s right there.” And I went, “Wow, I’m bad at acting because I feel really stupid.”

Barry Williams: Well, see, I paid a lot of money for acting lessons, so I tried, I’ve spent my whole life trying to justify them.

Danny Bonaduce: I was talking to a reporter. I said, “Barry Williams, I don’t know if you know this or not, but is a real live actor”…to be honest with you and not just flattering to Barry. Honest to goodness, you know, I have another occupation and this came along as a gift. I didn’t have to audition, I didn’t have to jump through hoops, and that’s what a lot of actors have to do and one of the reasons I don’t really do it anymore. So I was more than pleased to do it, but Barry, God bless him, not only takes it very seriously but made it kind of easier on me to do because he’s really, really good at it.

Barry Williams: Danny’s being very modest about his talents and what he brings to the table, but we did work together well. I’d do it again, for sure.

Danny Bonaduce: Yeah. Me too. I don’t know what happens to Bigfoot at the end of this but if he dies, bring him back. If he has a cousin. Yeah, it was fun.

Danny Bonaduce at his most dangerous, armed for bear and Bigfoot.

Travis Langley: Was this movie fun, grueling, or both to shoot?

Barry Williams: I go crazy when I watch actors and actresses get on television and they go, “Oh, it was so much fun to make.” Making a movie is not what you’d call fun. You get good things that come out of it, but it’s work. And we had some extra challenges on this one because most of it was filmed outdoors and the weather was not cooperating, so we had that element to deal with – wind, snow, matching. We worked at night. We didn’t have heaters in a lot of places. So you just do what you need to do and keep your eye on the ball which is how it’s going to turn out.

I wouldn’t say fun, but I’m glad that I did it and I’m pleased with what I’ve seen that’s come out. But grueling, you know, it was a tough shoot. It was a tough shoot.

Danny Bonaduce: I don’t mean to just say, “Ditto,” because that would make me a poor interview. First of all, I love GeekNation, by the way. I’m a big fan. But secondly, I don’t do that any more for two reasons. Barry has been overly kind but also rather insistent, and I thought that was nice too.

On the set of the movie, I would ask Barry’s advice a lot. I’m not shy. I have other talents. Barry’s really good at this, so I would ask Barry, “How should I play this? How should I do that?”

But I got very nervous because I gave an interview about this movie and the first thing they said was, “So, how was it making this movie?” and I didn’t think about the all encompassing question. All I thought was knee deep in snow for four days straight and the outfit I had already worn, so it was established which was not warm, when you go on the scale of hard I mean we weren’t, you know, soldiers in the deserts carrying an 80-pound rucksack.

I’m a talk show host. I stand in front of a microphone and try to be amusing. That’s my real job. Out there acting beside a skilled actor like Barry Williams in the snow, it really did have its more difficult moments.

But like I said, this was a big deal in my life. I don’t do this kind of stuff anymore. This was just handed to me. “Do you want to be in a monster movie? Do you want to be in a monster movie with Barry Williams?” And I thought, “Who says, ‘No,’ to such things?”

I was going to ask the same question about our celebrity boxing match. Somebody asked me, “Why would you do that?” And because I like to box, I said, “Somebody asked me if I wanted to box Barry Williams.” Who says, “No,” to things like [that]? These opportunities do not come along every day. But, hey, it was an arduous shoot at the very least.

Barry Williams: Yeah. And in addition to which, we were actually filming around Danny’s radio schedule. So he’s getting up at 4:00 in the morning, on the air at 6:00 all the way until 10:00, and then driving up an hour away to the film location and working into the night. So it was challenging, as we say. And regarding the boxing thing, I’m glad that I did it but save the tape because that is the last time you will see Barry Williams in a boxing ring.

Danny Bonaduce: Smart call, Mr. Williams. I’ve done it about 12 other times and every time you think it’s a good idea. I thought it was a good idea and then eight weeks out I start getting scared and “Is this going to hurt?” and by the way, it always does. So you’ve seen the last of me doing the same thing. I’m with you.

Barry Williams: Stuff happens in the boxing ring.

Danny Bonaduce: Yes, it does.

Celebrity Boxing: Danny Bonaduce vs. Barry Williams. Danny won the match, but Barry won Danny's respect.

Travis Langley: We know Danny’s Twitter handle (@TheDoochMan). Is Barry on Twitter?

Barry Williams: I’m not active with Twitter, no.

Danny Bonaduce: Oh, God, I couldn’t get through the day without it.

Travis Langley: What other projects do you guys have coming up?

Barry Williams: Other projects? I’m living in Branson, Missouri. I opened a show at a theater here doing Lunch with the Brady Bunch, and it’s a musical variety show and a nostalgic ride. It’s like the best of The Brady Bunch on stage. It’s the best of the elements, best of the clips, best of the stories, all of that stuff on stage. And that is what I do now. That’s four days a week.

And then other projects will come in during the January and March. In part, I’ll be taking this on the road…and then other things come up as they come up. This movie happened to be slotted right in that break between January and March when I’m available to do other things. And so we’ll see what happens this year.

Danny Bonaduce: I’m really blessed. Morning talk show host is a very nice job. I just moved to Seattle this year. And I do a cable comedy show called The World’s Dumbest and it’s on TruTV, I think Thursday nights at 9:30 but they rerun the heck out of it.

So they accommodate me. I just fly out of here at 10 a.m. on a Friday and I’m down in L.A. one Friday a month. I film four episodes of The World’s Dumbest, and that’s just been wonderful to me. I used to call it my alimony show, but one of these days she’ll go away. Yeah, Bigfoot, come to think about it, isn’t my only monster movie. There is the alimony.

Barry Williams: I’m glad that my book, Growing Up Brady, was successful because that paid for my first divorce.

Danny Bonaduce: Dude, don’t you know it? You’d think of all of the things we have seen, we’d learn something. I cannot believe how long this World’s Dumbest has been on. I’ve done 130 episodes so far, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. It’s one of TruTV’s most popular television shows.

Travis Langley: It’s very rewatchable.

Danny Bonaduce: And by the way, you can podcast my radio show.

Barry Williams: Cool. I’ll do that.

FYI: Plenty of other journalists were in on the hour-long conference call, most of which does not appear here. Danny did not go through calling himself a “big fan” of each along the way.

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GeekNation friend Travis Langley is the author of the best-selling book Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight.