Howie Mandel Regrets Making Cult Classic Movie
Mandel was not fond of sitting in a make-up chair for four hours, every day.
In 1989, the Fred Savage and Howie Mandel children's film Little Monsters was released, which centers on a boy who befriends the monster under his bed. However, looking back in a recent interview for the Blu-ray release of the film, he wouldn't do it all again if he had to.
In the special feature on the Blu-ray titled "Call Me Maurice," Mandel discusses his early career in showbusiness, which led him to the role of Maurice, a character where he had to spend hours in makeup. "When little monsters was presented to me, I went, 'Okay,' without any thought of what it would mean," Mandel explained. "You know it's a nice experience. I met nice people. I had a nice time personally. Physically, it almost killed me. And I wouldn't have done that. It's not good to spend a summer in the Carolinas wrapped in latex."
Cut in with some of the interview is footage from Mandel in the makeup chair on the film's set. The comedian has been very open about his battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for most of his life, and spoke about it in detail in his 2009 autobiography Here's the Dead: Don't Touch Me.
So sitting for hours in a chair while people touched him was torture to the actor. "Do not try this at home," Mandel continued in the Little Monsters special features. "Don't wrap yourself. I mean it's a wonderful--Maurice is a wonderful character. It was a fun time; everybody was great. And there were funny scenes, but I was wrapped in latex. Do you know what humidity and latex does? After I did that movie. I wouldn't even put a condom on. I was so anti-latex. I know that doesn't sound safe, but I was married and happy but I would not, I don't even want to say the word latex anymore. But now I feel like I wouldn't do that again."
Another surprisingly difficult aspect of preparation for the film was the time Mandel had to sit in the trailer, simply having his costuming applied. "I don't have a GED because I can't sit in class," Mandel said. "I can't sit. But you have to sit. Not only was it four hours of sitting, but four hours of--I don't want to be touched. And four hours of [being touched], I thought I was going to snap.
"And once I was finished, I had to be this happy and joyful Maurice. I really wasn't that happy and joyful. I didn't know what I had gotten myself into. They cut like, 'Oh my god. I'm gonna die.' At night, it's an hour to get it off; it was glued on me and my skin."
While Mandel's OCD and ADHD made getting into character a nightmare for the actor and comedian, his work on the film was very memorable for many kids during that time. However, you can relive your childhood terrors or Maurice's eyes popping out or replacing apple juice with urine in the collector's series Blu-ray of Little Monsters.
Currently, it's priced at $10. A few other sites have it listed for $13.
This version of the film features new interviews with the cast and producers, along with audio commentary. There are also old interviews and behind-the-scenes footage on the rerelease as well.
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