Tuesday, October 19

David Schwimmer: ‘I was a skating waiter for seven years’ | Life and Style


My parents are my heroes. It amazes me how they were able to work as young attorneys while keeping family a priority. My sister and I were raised with a strong awareness of justice, equality and gay rights. I have memories of protesting at the pickets. It really informed my view of the world and my perspective.

I want to be a surgeon. He was fascinated by the human body: he knew everything about the lymphatic, vascular and skeletal systems. I was a huge science fanatic, but found that I could talk to more girls in acting class than I did in the science lab. So that derailed my medical career.

I had some really horrible summer jobs. I worked at this place called Steve’s Ice-cream, where you had to mix all the candy or cookie crumbs by hand on this big slab of marble for three dollars an hour. At 16, I worked at this copier place. I had to pretend to be a Xerox guy. You would call customers and say, “I see you have a Xerox 2-2500. It looks like it’s running out of toner. “Some innocent secretary would say,” I don’t think we are? “And I’d say,” I think so, let me send you a couple of boxes. “It wasn’t exactly legal. I showed up one day and they had raided the whole place.

I was a roller skating waiter in Chicago for seven years. You earn your real money doing stunts. Everybody gets their burgers and fries, then you say, “Hey, you want me to jump on your kids for five bucks?” They made their kids get to the ground and I jumped on them at 30 mph.

The following summer In my freshman year, I entered a summer program at Oxford University called the British American Drama Academy. I worked with Rosemary Harris on Shakespeare and Brian Cox on Chekhov. There was also a clown course that you just talked to me about. So I also went to clown school.

I would love to do Shakespeare, but I don’t think he has the vocal ability to do the language justice. Plus, I’m rusty when it comes to being on stage for eight shows a week.

I have no idea that Ross Friends it is up to this moment. I don’t really think about it. Although we speculate a bit about what the characters might be doing on the reunion show.

There are a lot of Schwimmers here in America. People are always contacting, “Are you related to Barney Schwimmer?” Or: “Did your uncle go to …?” I have to say, “No, I have no idea who they are.”

Be dad It is the highlight of my life. When I was younger, I was a workaholic out of necessity and, I suppose, blind ambition. I’m thankful that I waited until I was able to make it a priority. Spending time with my daughter is more fun and meaningful than anything I have ever done.

I was born two years after the murders of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner, young Jewish civil rights workers who were imprisoned and later murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. My parents made it very clear to my sister and me that we were Jews and that just because we were Jewish our lives were in danger. It was really formative growing up with that kind of understanding. As a director and an actor, I think it was easy to gravitate towards telling stories that reflect or expose injustice. I try to do what I can to fight the good fight.

All episodes of Intelligence, series 2, are on Sky and NOW TV


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