A Few Minutes with Mark Valley:
A conversation at the Paley Television Festival, March 2005
by Dana Greenlee
Dana: We love you over at
Boston-Legal.org. Have you ever
checked out the website?
Mark: I haven't checked it out yet. I've heard some good
things about it. I've been looking for it.
Dana: It's a fan site.
We're doing all we can to support the show.
Mark: Oh, that's great. Oh, nice.
Dana: I really wanted to ask you one thing about Brad Chase.
In "Head Cases", they promised
us a push-up contest between you and Denny.
Mark: Yeah, right.
Dana: And it didn't happen. We didn't see it. We saw pictures
of it. What happened and what
was the setting for that?
Mark: Well, um - feel kind of, feel kind of they pulled a
fast one on me. In the rehearsals,
we were doing real push ups, but when we had to perform, he was
actually down on his
knees the whole time. He was doing them so fast - I thought, "My
God, how can he do
that." I was pumping pretty fast trying to keep up with him.
Dana: So you're saying you were worn out.
Mark: I was a little worn out. Yeah.
Dana: Why did they cut it?
Mark: Why'd they cut it out? I think we were just doing some push-ups. It
wasn't a contest.
It was just a chance for us to sort of bond from our army experience
- our military
experience. Denny Crane claims he was a Marine, but I don't think he
was. I think he
just says he was.
Dana: Paul Lewiston has come in, taking Brad's position as
the ethical guy. Do you find
that you're sort of missing from a few episodes?
Mark: Oh, yeah. Yeah. There's a lot of people that have come
in. But it keeps the show
interesting. I like having guest stars show up.
Dana: It's fun for you - and, of course,
[1x6: "Truth Be Told"] and
Philip Baker Hall -
Mark: Philip Baker Hall was there. [1x1: "Head Cases"]
Dana: Your family member from "Pasadena". Do you have any
Mark: Actually, Jason Brooks - I worked with him on a soap
opera once - "Days of our
Lives". He's going to be doing an episode, working tomorrow or the
next day, so I'm
excited about that. Rupert Everett, I've worked with him before and
he's going to be
in this episode. [2x2: "Schadenfreude"]
Dana: Do you have any scenes with him?
Mark: He's just going to be walking around. He'll be in the halls.
Dana: We think the reason we're not seeing more Brad is he's
been working in the casting office booking all his friends for the
Mark: Yeah, exactly. What has Brad been up to... ? Brad's
been surfing - that's what he's been doing.
Dana: Or the military reserves.
Mark: He's in the reserves, yeah. He's spending some time in
the reserves. At least one episode he's over in Iraq doing some special
consulting for the Marines.
This interview took place at the Directors Guild of America March 15,
2005, an hour before the Boston Legal panel discussion with cast and show
creatives. Audio and a full transcript of the panel discussion are
available at our Events