“David Pevsner was a bit wasted in Season 1,” says Old Dogs & New Tricks creator Leon Acord. “And I don’t mean he was drunk on set!”
First of all, Season 1 of the comedy web series saw TV actor-turned-househusband Ross Stein (Pevsner) playing scenes of an unhappy marriage opposite an unseen spouse named Neal. And while the other “dogs” had (at times jaw-dropping) sex scenes, Ross remained committed to his invisible spouse and fully clothed.
Acord and producers vow to correct that in season two – beginning Wed. Jan. 30 at olddogsnewtrickstheseries.com – with the casting of Doug Spearman (Noah’s Arc) to play husband Neal, and by giving Pevsner’s character more reasons to drop trou. “Pevs has a pretty rabid fan base,” jokes Acord, “so we’re giving them a more to ‘look at’ in the new season!”
Pevsner has been a busy actor, playing Scrooge in this year’s feature film Scrooge & Marley, as well as roles in the current film-fest favorite Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait Of James Dean and – yes, it was him – as Elizabeth Taylor’s doctor in the recent Liz & Dick. But he took time to answer some questions about his expanded role and “exposure” in the upcoming season of ODNT.
What was the biggest surprise returning on set to film Season 2 of Old Dogs?
How much bigger the whole thing got! More characters, more locations, more extras. It really felt like a network show. But at its heart, we still knew it was a grass-roots’y, totally from-the-heart project. That hasn’t changed.
Season 1 ended with your character, Ross, feeling frustrated with his marriage to a workaholic spouse (played in Season 2 by new regular Doug Spearman). How does this lead into the new season?
Ross spends a great deal of time this season finding something to fill the hole that he feels at Neal’s absences. It’s giving Ross the chance to explore things he felt were verboten because he was/is committed. Some pretty funny stuff ensues, and I had a ball giving Ross the balls to break out a little.
Are you like Ross?
Fifty-something actor who wants more success, yes. Never been in a long term relationship, and hopefully, not as neurotic as Ross. However, my emotional life and his are pretty much on a par.
It doesn’t take much to make me cry. I’m a pretty stable guy, but I can watch an episode of Restaurant Impossible and be reduced to tears, so imagine what happens when real life stuff gets mucky. “Waaaaaah!”
In your show’s first season, all the characters had some nude scenes. Does that change in Season 2?
I shot a scene that put all the goods out there… Whether they’re using the footage or not, I don’t know. It was a pretty funny scene, so if it all doesn’t get too…um…distracting, who knows?
You’re comfortable being naked on screen?
Some could argue that the four ‘old dogs,’ being somewhat immature and self-absorbed gay men, aren’t the best role models for the gay community in this day and age. How do you react to that?
Role model, shmole model. They’re human, and I think what they go through and how they deal with it all is very universal. I do believe that everyone who watches sees themselves as a Ross, a Brad, a Nathan, or a Muscles, or some combination. I know way too many men my age who are, at the least, a tad immature and self-absorbed – and I definitely mean, at the least. I’m definitely mid-range, but I’m aware of it and always trying to better myself. I don’t think I’ll ever totally grow up though. At least, I hope not.
Any special moments we should look out for in Season 2?
You know, we shot them, we had a great time, we had our highs, our lows, our laughs, our afore-mentioned tears…. There are going to be a slew of wonderful special moments. Just watch.
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David Pevsner & Doug Spearman
David Pevsner & Doug Spearman