'Princess Bride' star discusses Rex's innocence and the bourgeois lifestyle
You'd have to go a long way to find a career that touches as many far-flung bases as that of write-director-actor Wallace Shawn.
One can know Shawn's voice from the "Toy Story" movies, but not recognize him from "The Princess Bride." You could, I suppose, know him as Blair's eventual stepfather on "Gossip Girl" and not know him as Rex or Vizzini. You could think yourself an intellectual and know "My Dinner with Andre" or "Vanya on 42nd Street," without knowing any of Shawn's acclaimed, often outspokenly political plays or his myriad essays.
Shawn is so multi-faceted an artist that it's entirely unsurprising that a very brief conversation tied to ABC's very enjoyable "Toy Story That Time Forgot," airing on Tuesday, December 2, begins with simple questions about Rex's endearing short-armed innocence and progresses to the lure of acting to help him maintain a bourgeois lifestyle, delves into the anti-decadence message of the "Toy Story" franchise and closes with the idea people don't recognize him from "Toy Story" because he doesn't resemble a dinosaur.
It's a fun chat and my only wish is that we'd been able to talk longer, because I had "Princess Bride," "Gossip Girl," Mike Nichols and Andre Gregory questions aplenty...
"Toy Story That Time Forgot" airs at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Check out my full Q&A with Wallace Shawn...