Sliders Articles from 1997

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Source: Scifi Weekly

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IN HOLLYWOOD: Daltrey on a Sliders roll despite nagging eye injury
Edmonton Journal; Edmonton, Alta.; Feb 17, 1997; by Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

Roger Daltrey reports that The Who will be taking its Quadrophenia rock opera on tour again, likely hitting the U.S. for six weeks come July. But....

Daltrey's still suffering the after effects of the eye socket fracture he sustained last year, when Gary Glitter swung his microphone on stage and accidentally connected with Daltrey. ``The pupil in my left eye is still bigger than in my right. Sometimes it's twice as big. I still get double vision. It's not much fun when you have one glass of wine and you see four wives. Well, it's OK if they're in a good mood,'' jokes the singer, who guest stars on the Fox network's Sliders as a crazed military colonel this coming Friday. He adds: ``It was like getting hit with a sledgehammer. Half an inch difference and I'd have been dead.''

He admits he aggravated the condition by performing Quadrophenia in London's Hyde Park the day after the injury. ``I sang and that moved the fracture, and it swelled up to twice the size.'' Then he went on to do Madison Square Garden dates three weeks later. ``I think I was in shock at the time, and didn't really get what was going on,'' Daltrey says. ``This kind of injury is very slow to heal,'' he adds. He is consulting with doctors back in London, and may wind up having laser surgery.

MEANWHILE: Daltrey certainly managed to thrill the Sliders company during production of his episode -- when he agreed to sing at an after-work jam session with a band made up largely of crew members. The event grew into a major happening. Daltrey and Sliders co-star Cleavant Derricks (a Tony winner) sang. Sliders star Jerry O'Connell showed up in ``a complete '70s horror outfit -- all polyester'' and proceeded to dance the night away. ``It went on longer than a Who concert,'' Daltrey says. ``I left at 1:30 and it was still going.''

-Special thanks to Blinker for this article

Source: The News Times

`Sliders' cast member Kari Wuhrer decides she's been overexposed

By Richard Huff

Kari Wuhrer is on a mission.

After about 20 movies - several of which required nudity - the actress plans to take on only respectable projects that will boost her image in Hollywood.

``My agent has said, `Let's not do this, let's clean up your act,''' Wuhrer said.

So, she said, it'll be a long time before she takes off her clothes on-screen again. ``I made the decision that I'm done with that (nudity),'' she said. ``I was conned; it gets a little disheartening. The next time I take off my clothes, Robert De Niro is going to be on the screen with me.''

The latest step in Wuhrer's career path is a full-time gig on Fox' action/adventure series ``Sliders,'' which airs Fridays at 8 p.m ET. She joined the show three weeks ago. Originally, her role was scheduled for just a few episodes, but soon after shooting started she was signed for the rest of the season.

``I've done 20 movies, and while all of them aren't great, I'm proud of everything, of course,'' no matter how many people bought tickets, she said. ``Here, everybody is going to see me every week. ... It's instant gratification.''

Wuhrer, 29, broke into TV in 1989 as the co-host of MTV's game show ``Remote Control.'' After a two-year hitch on MTV she moved to Los Angeles. Since then she's worked in a combination of high-budget and low-budget movies. She also starred in Fox' ``Class of '96,'' which - while well received by critics - aired only one season.

In ``Sliders,'' Wuhrer plays one of four people who are lost in a ``dimensional slide,'' which deposits them in any number of weird settings.

``The whole last show I had this alien coming out of my mouth, trying to mate with men,'' Wuhrer said, ``You couldn't do that on `L.A. Law'''

21 March 1997

Standing by sci-fi series

Toronto Sun  
Sliders was to take its riskiest trip so far tonight -- off the schedule and onto hiatus -- but Fox has given it a reprieve.
Jerry O'Connell's role in the Oscar-nominated movie Jerry Maguire and recent Sliders episodes featuring Roger Daltrey raised the show's profile and its ratings. Now, instead of shelving the sci-fi series until May to let Brian Bosworth's new action drama have its Friday timeslot, Fox is sliding Bosworth's Lawless to the less-appealing Saturday night schedule.
But O'Connell is grateful for his Maguire part for another reason -- because of how it's finally changing the public's perception of him.
Eleven years after his film debut, he figures he's heard, "Hey, you're the fat kid from Stand By Me," more times than Maguire's Cuba Gooding has heard, "Show me the money!"
Lately, he's more often recognized as Maguire's no-neck NFL prospect, Cush.
But he'd like to set one thing straight. Just for the record.
"I'm proud that I'm the fat kid in Stand By Me. The husky kid."
WHAT'S IN A NAME: The Actor Formerly Known As Clifton Craig Collins Jr. ignored friends' advice when he changed his name to pay homage to his grandfather, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, a John Wayne contract player whose films included Rio Bravo and The High And Mighty.
People warned him his new handle might limit him to Hispanic roles.
"My desire to carry my grandfather's name was so great that I just decided that I'd fight the powers that be," says the young performer who now goes by Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez.
Although he's currently playing a Hispanic youth counsellor on the new Friday night series Crisis Center, Gonzalez says he has been cast in other, non-ethnic specific parts since the change. What's more, he's enjoying confusing casting directors with his mixed moniker.
"Clifton obviously isn't Paco. They think, 'What is he?' They hear 'Clifton Mexican Mexican.' You know, it's like twice in your face."
UP & COMING: Michael Moriarty stars in Major Crime, a miniseries for CBC now shooting in Halifax. The story, about a police team trying to bring a child molester to justice, was scripted by Toronto writer Steve Lucas, whose credits include the quirky documentary The Champagne Safari and the movie Diplomatic Immunity ... A big screen TV may be mandatory to fit in these scenery-eaters. Christopher Lloyd and Matt Frewer co-star in the TV movie Quicksilver Highway, now filming in L.A. for Fox. It's based on the Clive Barker short story The Body Politic and Stephen King's short story Chattery Teeth.
You're Not In Baltimore Anymore: Homicide: Life On The Street executive producer Tom Fontana's next project is Oz, a drama series about life inside a prison. It'll shoot in New York ... Fox is going to Costa Rica to film a new, live-action Jungle Book kids series for fall. It will move young Mowgli into present day, dealing with current environmental issues ... Burt Reynolds will host a Nashville Network talk show starting in May.  

March 1997
Source:TV Zone Winter Special #24

Joshua Cox - The Unknown Soldier

Similarly, the actor is free to pursue roles in other projects, and recently guest-starred in another SF series, Sliders. "I was in an episode called The Electric Twister Acid Test," he says. "I played a sociopathic Amish guy in this kind of 'amish-gone-mad' world. The episode was all about this corrupt Amish leader who uses God and religion for his own ends, and I end up being his enforcer. I look very different than I do in Babylon 5 - I have a goatee, my hair is rather unkempt and I have overalls, and I look like something straight out of Deliverance! I got to beat up the star of the show [Jerry O'Connell, who plays Quinn Mallory], and then he beat me up at the end, and I go crawling off like a coward when I see I'm licked. It's actually quite amusing.

"Sliders was really nice to work on," he continues. "The people there were great. The director really knew his stuff about working with actors and John Rhys-Davies [Professor Atruo] was brilliant. I'd seen him in Raiders of the Lost Ark and plenty of other things when I was younger, and it's always nice to work with people you've seen over the years - it kinda gives you a great feeling like you're in the right place, making the right moves."

15 May 1997
Source: The News Times

Five questions with Kari Wuhrer: MTV veejay turned reptile fighter


AP Television Writer

Like Jenny McCarthy and Dan Cortese, Kari Wuhrer used her stint as an MTV veejay to launch an acting career.

But while McCarthy and Cortese have been mostly limited to TV, Wuhrer has maintained a healthy dose of big screen gigs along with her co-starring role in the Fox action-adventure series ``Sliders.''

The 29-year-old brunette vixen is currently starring in ``Anaconda'' as the crew director Denise who runs around the mosquito-infested jungle in skimpy midriff tops and short shorts.

She broke out of the MTV mold with roles in ``The Adventures of Ford Fairlane'' and ``The Crossing Guard'' with Jack Nicholson. Last year, she played a sexy gypsy villainess in ``Thinner,'' a ghoulish tale from author Stephen King.

She recently wrapped ``Sex and the Single Man'' with Stanley Tucci and she's currently filming ``Phoenix'' with Ray Liotta and Angelica Huston.

In real life, she grew up in Brookfield, Conn., and is married to Daniel Salin, 30, a musician in the band Ascot. Together, they bought a fixer-up house in the Hollywood hills and she spends much of the time doing just that.

She joined ``Sliders'' in the Feb. 21 episode, in which Roger Daltry also appeared. In the season finale, which is rated TV-PG, the sexual tension between her character Maggie and Quinn (Jerry O'Connell) comes to a head. The finale also stars Michael York as a mad scientist who lives on an island inhabited by hybrids, which are the direct result of his experiments mixing human DNA and animal DNA.

1. What was it like working with Roger Daltry?

Wuhrer: Oh, my God, so funny. This guy, you expect him to be this sexy bad boy, and he shows up on set and he's this little English elf with a wicked sense of humor. He's really funny, very dedicated.

1. Were you ever a fan of The Who?

Wuhrer: When I was 5 years old my mom took to me to see ``Tommy'' and it scared ... me and I couldn't listen to The Who for the longest time.

2. What was it like filming ``Anaconda'' and battling a man-eating, 40-foot-long reptile?

Wuhrer: It was the best. I had an opportunity to do a film in Paris for less time and more money but I thought how often do you get a chance to go to the Amazon? But it's pretty sad how fast it's disappearing.

3. What do you like about filming ``Sliders''?

Wuhrer: Running away from dinosaurs and being chased by zombies, then at the end of the day I get to go home.

4. Do you do your own stunts?

Wuhrer: For the most part. I really like it. I think people sort of know now that Kari will do this stuff. I'm bruised and battered but at least I know that's me on film.

5. Do you have any hobbies?

Wuhrer: My husband built me a pottery studio so I've been doing that. It's completely therapeutic. It takes you out of this emotional place and puts you more in a tactile place, which is good. You get out all your stress and frustration on this clay and you get to create with your hands.

Source: Pop Art Times

Sliders Special: Deadly Secrets, No. 3  -- Could it be? A comic book about my favorite hamburger. Oh the days of stopping by a White Castle and purchasing a dozen or so of those two-bite size, box-shaped burgers. Did I mention the crispy on the outside, yet tender on the inside, onion rings? Rats. It's not to be. Another book based on a Fox television show.
Over the last two years, Sliders has lived up to its name. It has slid in and out of more time slots (now on Fridays at 8 p.m.) than Sebastian Cabot did restaurants. The premise of four individuals crossing the time continuum to visit a parallel Earth and observing it after alternate historical outcomes is intriguing, wasn't it called Quantum Leap? I know, Scott Bakula fans, it's totally different -- don't ever bust on the Leaper-man. Bakula rules! I guess seeing a quickly drawn, special on the series isn't all bad.
The plot is credible enough, as while our heroes jettison to a parallel Earth, Wade Wells runs into her dead parents who are now at odds over a technology vs. the environment dilemma. This parallel universe better figure it out or they'll end up like Jack Tenrac in the above review. Give the Dean Zachary art a Burt Reynolds singing "Brother Can you Spare a Dime?" and the D.G. Chichester plot a Ted Danson needing a stiff career drink at a local pub. Mr. Zachary, why does Wade's dad look like Dr. Benton Quest?
Memorable Dialogue: "Look . . . He's fine, he's stable and feeling much better. But as you can see, I'm a little swamped. I haven't had time to properly review the test results." (An unidentified doctor discusses treatment of Tommy Lee for hair depletion after he was found passed out next to wife Pamela's Cabbage Patch doll. By the way, tests on the brain scan are still negative.)

Source: The News Times

After getting whacked by Fox, ``Sliders'' will time-travel to cable's Sci-Fi
Channel. Twenty-two new episodes - starring original-cast members Jerry O'Connell,
Sabrina Lloyd, Cleavant Derricks and Kari Wuhrer - have been ordered, to
debut in January. In addition, Sci-Fi will carry all 48 ``Sliders'' Fox

Source: The New York Times

ACTOR JOHN RHYS-DAVIES SLIDES INTO 'VOYAGER' By Ian Spelling (New York Times Feature Syndicate) John Rhys-Davies slid out of "Sliders" earlier this year and is now voyaging over to "Voyager." Look for the burly British actor to portray none other than Leonardo Da Vinci in "Scorpion," "Voyager's" third-season finale, which airs May 21. "I thought it was a great idea," Rhys-Davies says enthusiastically in a telephone interview from a Los Angeles hotel. "I'd been taking flying lessons, trying to get a pilot's license, and was turning down work left, right and center. "I was waiting for something that stirred the actor's juices again, and then my agent called about 'Voyager.' The part was very well written, and I wasn't immediately sure how to play this man. That combination made me say 'Yes.'" The cliff-hanger episode finds the Voyager in Borg space, where the crew watches the virtual destruction of a Borg aramada by an alien life-form. Surrounded by enemies old and new, and with Harry Kim (Garrett Wang) near death, Capt. Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) -- who considers a risky Voyager-Borg alliance as the sole means of survival -- heads to the holodeck and da Vinci for advice. "I think the Janeway-da Vinci scenes reveal a different kind of Janeway than we usually see," says Rhys-Davies, a longtime Trekker and veteran actor best known for his performances as Sallah in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989). "She's not the hard-driving captain, the boss in charge and all that. "She talks to da Vinci about creativity and how one gets around the failure of the imagination when we can't quite see a solution for a problem. Da Vinci offers a solution, and it's enough to make Janeway turn his suggestion on its head and leave da Vinci's workshop with a possible solution in mind. "The Scenes were well written and sensitive. I loved working with Kate. I think we managed to make a marvelous couple of scenes together." A dearth of marvelous scenes compelled the long-displeased Rhys-Davies to depart FOX's "Sliders" before the end of his third season as Professor Maximilian Arturo. The actor "adored" his co-stars -- Jerry O'Connell, Sabrina Lloyd and Cleavant Derricks as Arturo's fellow time-trippers -- but felt the sci-fi show never matched its potential. "I miss the people immensely," says the 52-year-old father of two grown sons. "'Sliders' could have been great, but very few of the writers had any interest in science fiction, so they never investigated the possibilities of the show's premise. "Waitresses in restaurants would come up to me with good starting places for good episodes. Kids from college sent in scripts that, frankly, you could put into production tomorrow and they'd be better than what we were doing." So it was good-bye "Sliders," hello "Voyager." Since completing "Scorpion," Rhys-Davies moved onto a small role in a TV pilot that he can't yet discuss, and he's keeping his eyes open for other finely crafted scripts with characters that pique his interest. One such role might be Sallah, if the character is included in the next Indiana Jones adventure. And another such role? Leonardo da Vinci. "Oh, yes," Rhys-Davies says. "I think the character was designed as a recurring part. I loved the role, the writing and Kate." "I can't imagine that you won't be seeing me again at some point. I'd very much welcome the opportunity." Well, now that Rhys-Davies is no longer involved with Sliders, it seems he can discuss his true feelings about the show and its current state! If we didn't know better, his opinions could be interpreted as merely being induced by his being kicked off the show, but I'm sure most of us will agree that he's right on about the show's writing. Interesting that he says fans of the show have better ideas than the writers! Perhaps we should storm FOX and take over! :) Though the article, not surprisingly, seems to say that Rhys-Davies left of his own accord. Kari Wuhrer, in her online chat, said that his departure was a mutual decision by him and the producers. Granted, Wuhrer is very likely not the person who would know about the conditions behind his leaving the show, but I'm starting to wonder if this wasn't true. I'm sure FOX still fired him, but chances are he wasn't too disappointed. Also, Ian Spelling refers to the Sliders as "Time-trippers." This isn't the first time a TV reporter thought the show was about time travel. Though I thought this Spelling guy knew his sci-fi facts. Perhaps he couldn't think of any other way to describe them quickly.

*Thanks to Blinker for this article*

Source: FX Weekly

LightWave Expo New York 1997. Held in New York City at 780 3rd Ave. New York City on May 10th 1997 10am-6pm. In addition to several seminars on Lightwave, Lee & Ken Stranahan will give an advanced seminar called Hollywood Effects Techniques focusing on the secrets behind the effects in TV's Sliders, and countless other shows.

*Thanks to Blinker for this article*

Source: The News Times

RETURN OF ``SLIDERS'': Fans of ``Sliders,'' the adventure series canceled by Fox after three years on the air, have reason to celebrate. The Sci-Fi Channel announced this week that it has committed to broadcasting a new season of the series, starting next January. The Sci-Fi Channel, now available in 42 million homes, has purchased 22 new episodes of the series and the broadcast rights to the 48 already made. There's no immediate word about what time slot the show will air.

Source: Scifi Weekly

27-year-old actor dies on Sliders set

Actor Ken Steadman, 27, was killed last month on the set of Sliders when a dune buggy he was driving flipped over, throwing Steadman and another actor from the vehicle. Steadman was taken to San Bernadino County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The other actor was not seriously injured.

Steadman, who recently appeared in the season premiere of Maloney, was to be a guest star on an upcoming episode of Sliders. The accident took place between scenes.

Sliders back on U.S. TV: The USA Network has picked up the sci-fi series for next season, and production will resume in Vancouver this fall.
The Vancouver Sun; Vancouver, B.C; Jul 25, 1997; by Alex Strachan

PASADENA, Calif. -- Sliders is rising from the ashes yet again.

The sci-fi time-travel series has been resurrected by the USA Network, owners of the specialty service, the Sci-Fi Channel.

Plans are under way to move the Universal Television production back to Vancouver this fall.

Sliders, about futuristic time travellers who ``slide'' from time period to time period, debuted on the Fox Television network four years ago.

It was based in Vancouver for several seasons before being relocated to Los Angeles at the beginning of last year, in order to take advantage of southern California's drier climate and achieve a new look.

The show's original producer, Tracy Torme, left over creative differences with his network bosses.

Torme wanted more ``what if?'' stories -- stories based on alternative outcomes of past historical events, such as what might have happened if Germany had won the Second World War -- but the network insisted on more traditional, adventure-oriented, crisis-of-the-week episodes.

Fox cancelled Sliders at the end of last season because of sliding ratings.

The USA cable channel is going back to the series' original premise. Torme has been approached and is apparently considering returning to the show he helped originate.

Universal Television Group chair Greg Meidel, in Pasadena with the heads of the five other major production studios for a panel discussion at the semi-annual gathering of the Television Critics Association, said it was an easy call to bring back Sliders.

``We've been able to reduce the costs of the show substantially without reducing the quality,'' Meidel said.

He estimated that producing the show without interference from a traditional network will save $200,000 to $250,000 US per episode.

He noted that Sliders is close to attaining the 100 episodes needed to sell the show to syndication, which is usually the difference between a show losing money and making a profit, when weighed against the over-all cost of two or three years of production.

``What is unique about Sliders is that it's sci-fi,'' Meidel said. ``There's a huge advantage there.''

Meidel said there is a shortage of science fiction outside of the traditional broadcast networks, and noted that science fiction is easier to sell overseas in international markets than more traditional drama or situation comedies.

Meidel said making the show for a pay-cable outlet in the U.S. means a later broadcast season than that of the traditional networks. Sliders will resume production probably toward the end of September, for airing some time in January.

Most network productions -- such as The X-Files and The Sentinel, both of which are filmed in Vancouver -- resume production in July or August to meet September or October air dates.

No Canadian network has made a bid for Sliders, but there will probably be considerable interest when new fall series begin to fail, as many inevitably do. Sliders has the advantage of being a recognizable name with viewers.

Meidel said the production will be able to work around Sliders' star Jerry O'Connell's schedule, noting that O'Connell is highly sought after following his appearance in the hit feature film Jerry Maguire.

``It was a very big win for us to keep Sliders in production,'' Meidel said. ``It goes from a loss to a profit, and potentially a long-term franchise for the Sci-Fi Channel. Frankly, we're delighted.''

-Special thanks to Blinker for this article

USA Network revives TV's Sliders
The Ottawa Citizen; Ottawa, Ontario; Jul 26, 1997

Sliders, the cancelled sci-fi time-travel series, has been resurrected by the USA Network and plans are under way to move the Universal Television production back to Vancouver this fall.

Fox cancelled the four-year-old series at the end of last season because of sliding ratings. The show was seen in Canada on CanWest Global.

Universal said it was an easy call to bring back Sliders because the show is close to attaining the 100 episodes needed for syndication.

-Special thanks to Blinker for this article

Source: The News Times

TV will continue to become more like radio this season as more and more TV
channels come into U.S. homes via cable and direct-to-home satellite.
Result: Each station gets a smaller slice of the audience pie. As broadcast
networks lose viewers, the playing field is growing even for cable networks.

There's evidence of that this season. Fox canceled ``Sliders,'' but it will
return in January on cable's Sci-Fi Channel with first-run episodes. In the
past, no cable network could afford to pick up a first-run prime-time show
from a major broadcast network.

``We've been able to reduce the costs substantially without reducing the
quality of the show,'' says Greg Meidel, chairman of the Universal
Television Group, which makes the series. ``We don't have to deal with as
much interference as we would from a (broadcast) network, so the cost per
episode is down probably $200,000 to $250,000.''

Source: Arizona Daily Wildcat

Sliding and Screaming

An Interview with Jerry O'Connell
By Doug Levy
Arizona Daily Wildcat (12/4/97)
Student publication of the University of Arizona

Jerry O'Connell has said in the past that his role models were never actors, that they were all athletes. So, when he makes this remark, accompanied by a huge grin and a firm handshake, it doesn't come as much of a surprise. The young actor has come a long way in his career to reach the point he's at today, starring in the sci-fi television series "Sliders", and opposite Neve Campbell in the highly anticipated "Scream 2".

O'Connell got his first big break when he was only 11 years old, making his big-screen debut as Vern, the "fat kid" in Rob Reiner's "Stand By Me". You'd never guess it to look at him today, as he's anything but fat now. In fact, in later episodes of "Sliders", it seems as if he is gratuitously shirtless more often than fully clothed, showing off a physique that could make any young girl drool. And in the hit film "Jerry Maguire" he plays an up-and-coming professional quarterback, a top athlete people are fighting over. Again, he's come a long way.

However, it seems that the past continues to haunt Jerry O'Connell, though not in a bad way. He recently did a stint hosting the "Later" show on late-night television, opening up the episode with a comedy skit that followed him throughout his day. Everywhere he went, to pick up some photos, to meet a date, to eat at a restaurant, whenever he gave his name, people would stare blankly and say, "O'Connell? No, nothing here for O'Connell." It wasn't until he said "Look under 'F' for 'Fat Kid from 'Stand By Me''" that they would finally smile with recognition and help him out. "Oh, Fat Kid," they said, "I'm so sorry. Sure, come on in." The skit ended with O'Connell displaying a driver's license that read "Fat Kid from 'Stand By Me'." I had to ask if he really still got that kind of recognition after all these years, with so many other credits to his name now.

"All the time," Jerry replied, "All the time. But it's one of those movies that'll never go away, and I love it. It was such a great movie. I mean, 'Stand By Me,' as far as I'm concerned, is one of the all-time best, and getting to be a part of that, that being my first gig, was just phenomenal."

Obviously, it's not a part of his past that he wants to forget. In fact, on "Sliders" they've even done some in-jokes based on the film, like when "Stand By Me" co-star Corey Feldman appeared on the show and they did the handshake from the movie. Making the classic film is an experience O'Connell said he will never forget.
"They picked me out of school; I had no idea what was going on. I had a choice that summer: go to summer camp or do 'Stand By Me'. I remember my mother, seriously, coming over to me and saying, 'Now, you know, we've already made the down payment for camp. You want to do that, if you don't feel comfortable doing this?'
"I said, 'Oh no, I'll do the movie.' Such a great experience."

While O'Connell's star didn't take off immediately, like some of his co-stars from the film, he did continue to act, getting roles slowly but surely, including the starring role in the television series "My Secret Identity," in which he played a young superhero. And while instant fame wasn't in the cards, his hard work and dedication have paid off and left him in a better spot today than any of the other "Stand By Me" kids. Stardom was brief, after all, for Corey Feldman and Wil Wheaton, and River Phoenix's career hit a more permanent end.

More parts followed for O'Connell, including a number of television movies, a role in "Calendar Girl" with Jason Priestley and, more recently, the starring role in "Joe's Apartment," a film based on an MTV short about a guy and his roaches.

Unlike many young actors, Jerry didn't sacrifice his education for his career. He attended film school at New York University and received his degree in 1995, when he was 21. During that time, one of the things he studied was the work of horror-master Wes Craven. "I took a class called 'The Horror Genre' and he was all over it," said O'Connell. "I did a couple of papers on Wes in college. He's the guru of horror and I'm such a fan. I wanted to work with him immediately."

He got his wish with "Scream 2", the sequel to Craven's huge hit film "Scream", which deconstructed the very genre Craven helped to create. But, as much as he respected the man's work, Jerry was unsure of what would happen when he finally met Wes Craven in person. "You expect him to be a nut job. When I first met him, I had a pocketful of garlic and a crucifix in [my] hand" he said joking.

Any fears he had were soon alleviated when he began to work with the infamous director. In the end, O'Connell was even more taken with the man's work than he had been in college. "He's such a great guy," he said. "One of the best actor's directors I've ever worked with. So mild-mannered. I'd work for him [again] in a second. I'd get coffee for him on his next film."

It's not surprising that Jerry enjoyed working on such a highly-anticipated movie, alongside one of his longitme favorite directors, especially since there was an added bonus for him in the film: he gets to perform a rousing a capella rendition of the classic song "I Think I Love You" by Tony Romero, standing on a table in front of a cafeteria packed with students. Of course, to some that might prove embarrassing, but not to O'Connell.

"That was awesome," he gleams. "That was so much fun...I'm a big fan of karaoke. I love it. I go every week. I'm not gonna kid you, I'm a karaoke freak, man. If I hear that a place has karaoke, I'm there. If it has karaoke and some sort of buffet, it's terrific.

"When a scene like that is written, and you're singing such a cool song as 'I Think I Love You', you would jump at the chance at that."

The scene didn't actually go off without a hitch, though. When it came time for looping (re-recording sound from the film that didn't come out right during filming), O'Connell was asked to come in and re-do the song. Apparently his original singing was just a bit off-key. Or more than a bit, he happily admitted. It took them almost a full day to finally get it right on tape.

"I really thought they were gonna have to pull a Milli Vanilli and get people in there to sing it," O'Connell said laughing. Later on, he suddenly exclaimed, "Seal! They should have got Seal to do it!"

It all worked out in the end, though, and fans can look forward to one of the funniest musical performances since, well, O'Connell's rendition of Nirvana's "Something In The Way" in "Jerry Maguire".

As for Jerry's other work, fans of "Sliders" will be happy to learn that although the show has been dropped from the FOX network, the future is still bright. "It's back," said O'Connell. "It's going to be on the Sci-Fi network. I'm producing it, directing five of them and my brother, my younger brother Charlie, who also went to NYU [to study] drama, is starring in it, playing my brother. So, the entire brothers O'Connell clan have jobs and they're working. We're all very excited. Student loans are slowly being paid off."

Now, that's a position any recent college grad would be thrilled to be in and a sentiment every one of us can share.

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