Episode #50

Chris Columbus

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Chris Columbus has brought to the screen some of the biggest American family films in the last 20 years: Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, and Mrs. Doubtfire. He also produced and directed the first two Harry Potter films and produced the third as well. Despite this success, Columbus admits that he “always, to this day, [feels] like [he’s] gonna walk on a movie and get fired.” He reveals to Alec what it was like working with brilliant improvisers like John Candy and Robin Williams—and casting Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone.

Hosted by:

Alec Baldwin

Produced by:

Emily Botein and Kathie Russo

Comments [8]

Melonie from Canada

What a fantastic, interesting and entertaining interview. This is what radio should be! I love how Baldwin provides the voice for the commercial content as well, just like the classic radio programs once did--so as listeners, we never sence a break in the flow or content.

Please do more of these engaging shows! There is a large audience thirsty for this type of sophisticated broadcasting, be in podcast or television format. Baldwin is a genius and his stories and interjections are as interesting as his guests. Thank you!

Dec. 18 2013 02:02 AM
Kathy Carey from Tulsa, OK

Alec, I love you on this program! Don't ever stop hosting "Here's the Thing!"

Oct. 03 2013 07:54 PM

to Dave from Ohio- oh goodness, Chris Columbus wasn't condescending. He simply "got out". not everyone even thinks of getting out; conversely, in theory at least, no one is obligated to stay in their place of origin. if for him, Ohio, [it could have been anywhere]felt desperate,then why should he not say as much. I think your point is ridiculous mr poster. you're taking offense, over a rather "imaginative" interpretation of what mr Columbus said.

Sep. 23 2013 08:06 AM
Dave Milam from Central Ohio

While interesting, Mr. Columbus seemed a bit condescending to the folks who work jobs back in his hometown. He got out; they didn't. Artists often forget that people who work in factories, answer phones, clean buildings, etc are the ones who buy the tickets that make their lifestyle possible.

Sep. 21 2013 03:41 PM
Jackie from Long Island

Fascinating background to these movies. Alec, please don't ever stop doing these interviews. You're a natural and bring out the heart of people.

Sep. 20 2013 07:16 PM
Ash from Melbourne, Aus

Alec, I love your interviews.
My friday night consists of Here's The Thing & and a nice bottle of wine.
Please please please, consider extending the running time.
I could listen for 2 hours, easy

Sep. 20 2013 06:23 AM
Jason Wendleton from St. Louis

Fascinating! I was aware of Columbus, but as Alec mentions in the interview, the man stays out of the public eye.

Sep. 18 2013 10:03 PM
Becky Todd from Springfield Mo

Delightful interview!! Loved learning about Chris, loved his movies! Alec you are amazing! Keep going !!

Sep. 17 2013 01:29 PM

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