Following the Grimm panel at Comic-Con Saturday, I had the opportunity to sit down with a few of the show’s stars and creators to ask them a few questions about the show.
I explained to Russell Hornsby (Hank Griffin) that I do not watch Grimm, but asked him how he would convince someone like me to come back to the show for its third season. He said there’s “more drama, more intrigue, more creatures” in season three. “I think just better story lines. Like any other show, any other drama, you evolve.” He further commented, “I think that you see how the enthusiasm has been growing for the show over the first two seasons, and those who did stick with it have found that out. And I think you’ll sort of get more of that.” He did a pretty good job selling it, concluding, “Again, the stories are going to get more involved. There’s going to be a lot more intrigue, more scary, more fighting. All that good stuff you like in genre dramas.”
I told three other stars of Grimm that I wrote for a website called “Downright Creepy” and asked them to tell me the things they find creepy. Bree Turner (Rosalee Calvert) said, “When you walk into the craft services table to get a coffee and there’s a guy with half a face missing. You know, the stunt cast does a lot of prosthetic work. It’s a little disturbing.”
Claire Coffee (Adalind Schade), confessed, “I’m a little bit afraid of the dark… Noises in the dark that I can’t place, creaks and wind-type sounds. I just always assume it’s a ghost.”
After Reggie Lee (Sgt. Wu) suggested we all “sit here now and have dinner with a glass of wine”, he told me, “I find the psychological stuff creepier than the actual monster stuff. But there was one episode where we had people cut in half. That was the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. I’ve never seen that, so that. Absolutely.”
I strayed off course with series creators Jim Kouf, David Greenwalt, and Norberto Barba. Kouf and Greenwalt got their start in Hollywood with the 1983 Rob Lowe movie, Class (one of my favorite 80s teen movies). I had to ask them to tell me about the experience. Kouf replied, “That was the first story we ever sold as a pitch and it was our first real sort of studio movie. It actually came together very fast. We sold the pitch, were hired to write the script, wrote the script and it was in the theaters within nine months, which is very unusual. Marty Ransohoff was the producer, was a very strong producer. He just turned 85 years old just the other day; talked to him just a couple weeks ago. For that script, it propelled our careers forward. That was a very big thing for us. Thanks for asking.”
You’re welcome, Jim. And thank you to the cast and crew of Grimm who took the time to answer my questions. Grimm returns to NBC in October.