Henry Winkler’s Crash Course In Physical Acting


FOLKS, MY NEXT GUEST IS AN EMMY
AWARD-WINNING ACTOR YOU KNOW FROM “HAPPY DAYS,” “ARRESTED
DEVELOPMENT,” AND NOW “BARRY” ON HBO. PLEASE WELCOME HENRY WINKLER! ♪ ♪ ♪
( APPLAUSE )
♪ ♪ ♪
( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: WELL, GOOD TO SEE
YOU.>>IT WAS IN MY DRESSING ROOM,
AND I THOUGHT MAYBE YOU WANTED TO REMEMBER WHO I WAS.>>Stephen: LET’S SEE. HENRY WINKLER.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: THAT IS VERY NICE.>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: WHAT WAS IT ON?>>IT WAS ON A MYRIAD OF SNACK
S.>>Stephen: OH, YEAH.>>YOU HAVE AMAZING SNACKS.>>Stephen: A LOT OF THEM ARE
FROM MY HOME TOWN OF CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA.>>THEY TRAVEL WELL.>>Stephen: WE’RE OFF TO–
WE’RE OFF TO A GOOD START.>>WE ARE! I’M GOING TO KEEL KEEPTHIS.>>Stephen: IT’S SO LOVELY TO
SEE YOU. YOU CAN PROBABLY TELL FROM THE
RESPONSE OF THE AUDIENCE, ARE YOU AWARE, HENRY WINKLER, THAT
YOU ARE BELOVED? KEEPER CHE( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE
THAT MUST BE– PEOPLE– PEOPLE BELOVE YOU.>>PEOPLE ARE– PEOPLE ARE
UNBELIEVABLY WARM TO ME, AND THAT IS TRUE. NO MATTER WHERE I GO, SOMEBODY
INVITES ME INTO THEIR HOME FOR DINNER OR THE EQUIVALENT
THEREOF.>>Stephen: YES. AND– AND ONE OF THE SIGNS OF
THIS BELOVING WAS, SINCE THE LAST TIME YOU WERE HERE LAST
YEAR, YOU WON AN EMMY, YOUR FIRST EMMY, RIGHT?>>FIRST EMMY
( APPLAUSE ).
>>Stephen: BEEN NOMINATED
MANY TIMES, THREE OR FOUR, FOUR OR FIVE– A BUNCH OF TIMES.>>THEY USUALLY SAY MR. WINKLER
WAS NOMINATED 97 TIMES. THIS WAS HIS FIRST WIN.>>Stephen: RIGHT.>>I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT. ALL I THOUGHT ABOUT WAS OH, MY
GOODNESS, I WON RIGHT THIS MINUTE. AND I WON FOR A CHARACTER THAT
IS BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BY ALEC BERG AND BILL HADER AND THEIR
GROUP OF WONDERFUL WRITERS. AND I AM OUT OF MY MIND THRILL.>>Stephen: AND DID YOU–
YOU’RE AN ACTING TEACHER IN THIS?>>YES,IM.>>Stephen: IS YOUR ACTING
TEACHER BASED ON ANY OF THE ACTING TEACHERS YOU HAD.>>I HAD 14 TEACHERS. I WENT TO EMERSON COLLEGE IN
BOSTON. I WENT TO THE DRAMA SCHOOL AT
YALE. I HAD MANY TEACHERS, AND IT’S A
CONGLOMERATION OF THOSE I HEARD ABOUT. HE WAS BASED ON A MAN IN L.A. WHO LITERALLY PAINTED, AND THEN
FORCED HIS STUDENTS TO BUY HIS PAINTINGS.( LAUGHTER )
THAT WAS THE ONLY FACT I NEEDED TO HEAR IN CREATING THIS MAN.( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: DO YOU– DO YOU
TEACH ACTING?>>I HAVE TAUGHT FOUR CLASSES. I JUST CAME BACK FROM SOUTH BY
SOUTHWEST. I WAS INVITED TO TEACH A CLASS. 600 PEOPLE SHOWED UP.>>Stephen: WHAT IS THE
WINKLER METHOD? WHAT IS– WHAT IS THE? DO YOU HAVE A STYLE OF ACTING?>>I HAVE– I HAVE, YOU KNOW,
DIFFERENT– I CAN’T THINK OF THE WORD I’M SO NERVOUS.( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: STYLES,
TECHNIQUES?>>TECHNIQUE. I HAVE GAMES I HAVE GAMES. GLI LOVE GAMES.>>THANK GOODNESS I THOUGHT OF
THE WORD “GAMES.”( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
IT IS– THEY’RE DIFFICULT FOR ME. BUT WHAT I DO IS I– I LOOK AT A
SCENE OR I LOOK AT SOMETHING, AND I TRY TO MOVE WHOEVER IT IS,
THE ACTOR, I TRY TO MOVE THEM TO SOMETHING THEY’VE NEVER THOUGHT
OF OR THEY’VE NEVER FELT BEFORE WHILE DOING THAT THING.>>Stephen: YOU CAN TEACH–
CAN YOU TEACH ME SOME– MAKE ME FEEL SOMETHING.>>DO YOU WANT TO– DO YOU
WANT– REALLY?>>Stephen: YES. I’D BE HONORED TO BE TAUGHT. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>OKAY, OKAY. ALL RIGHT. THIS GAME IS REALLY EASY, AND
YOU’RE REALLY GOOD AT THIS. ARE YOU UNBELIEVABLY PHYSICALLY. YOU ARE JUST —
>>Stephen: THANK YOU.>>YOU REALLY ARE. YOU’RE A AGREEMENT MIME. SO PICK A PHYSICAL THING LIKE–
WHAT AM I DOING? I AM…>>YOU’RE FISHING.>>Stephen:
>>OKAY, TAKE THE ROD FROM ME. TAKE IT– TAKE IT FROM ME. TAKE THE ROD– YES, YOU CAN. DON’T ASK! TAKE IT. NOW, FISH WITH IT. FISH WITH IT.>>Stephen: THIS IS A
LEFT-HANDED ROD.>>Stephen.>>DO THE BEST YOU CAN.>>Stephen: I WANT TO SWITCH
THE REEL, SWITCH THE REEL HERE. SWICHT REEL OVER HERE. HOLHOLD ON, LIKE THAT.>>YOU’RE DOING GREAT. I HAVE VERY LITTLE TIME. COME ON, HERE WE GO. ALL RIGHT, NOW REEL IT IN! REEL IT IN! NOW CHANGE IT. NOW CHANGE IT. IT IS NO LONGER A FISHING ROD,
WHAT IS IT? WHAT IS IT? MAKE IT INTO SOMETHING ELSE? MAKE IT INTO SOMETHING ELSE. OKAY, IT’S A FLY SWATTER. ALL RIGHT, GIVE ME THE FLY
SWATTER. OKAY, OKAY, ALL RIGHT. NOW, NOW, NOW, NOW, NOW, NOW… WHAT AM I DOING?>>Stephen: MIXING A BOWL.>>OKAY, FINE, TAKE IT. OKAY, NOW CHANGE IT. CHANGE IT.( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
WHOA! OKAY! OKAY! OKAY! OKAY!( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>I COWL NOT BEAT THAT. THAT WAS FANTASTIC.>>Stephen: WHERE’S MY EMMY? NOW, YOU ALSO HAVE THESE SERIES
OF BOOKS HERE, WHO IS THIS PERSON HERE?>>THIS IS HANK. HE GOES TO PS-87, WHICH IS ON
78th STREET BETWEEN AMSTERDAM AND COLUMBUS. HE IS ME. HE IS STANDING IN THE LIBRARY OF
P, IS-87, WHERE I WENT TO SCHOOL. NOW, IN 2004, I READ “HANK” TO
THE CLASS OF PS-87, TO THE STUDENTS. AND I MET AT THE EMMYS, I MET ME
TIMOTHEPOSITIVE SHALL MAY. AND HE SAID I WENT TO PS-87. YOU WERE READING YOUR BOOKS TO
ME. OH, MY GOD. THIS IS THE LAST “HANK” EVER.>>Stephen: THIS IS THE LAST
ONE?>>THIS IS THE 28th NOVEL.>>Stephen: DOES HE DIE AT THE
END?>>HE’S ONLY IN SECOND GRADE,
BUT THE PUBLISHER SAID, “THAT’S IT.”>>Stephen: WE HAVE TO STOP
BEFORE PUBERTY.>>HE FINALLY– HE’S DYSLEXIC. HE FAILS AT EVERYTHING. HIS GLASS IS HALF FULL, AND THIS
IS EVERYBODY IS SOMEBODY.( APPLAUSE ).>>Stephen: THAT’S BEAUTIFUL. HENRY. LOVELY TO SEE YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: “BARRY” AIRS SUNDAYS
ON HBO. HENRY WINKLER, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH A
PERFORMANCE BY HER.

100 thoughts on “Henry Winkler’s Crash Course In Physical Acting

  1. Still one of my favorite celebrity sightings. I was working at Marshall Field's in Milwaukee the same year Scream came out and he came in and he was filled with smiles and so kind. I couldn't approach him because I had a stay at my fricken Coach and Dooney and Bourke post or else I would have been able to get an autograph at the very least.

  2. It always suprises me that hes the polar opposite of "Arthur Fonzorelli". I want to find some similarities.. idk why. Lol

  3. I never seen so many kind words being said to a man that still alive. That is how much this man mean to us.

  4. 🎵⚰⚰⚰🎶JEW GENIUS===FALSE SCIENCE…FAKE NASA===🌍WHAT ABOUT US…what about all the times you said you had the answers===THERE IS NO GOD SO SHOUTS THE FOOL===I-GOD CANNOT HEAR YOUR CRYS—i don't exist===🎶🎵I CAN FEEL IT COMING IN THE AIR TONIGHT🎵🎶⚰🦂⚰🦂⚰🦂

  5. Does anybody else watch Colbert and just think "Yeah, I'd vote for that guy/woman, they'd make such a much better President than the guy with the moldy pumpkin for a head…"

  6. He is such a delight and I fell in love when I heard about the book and the main character in it.
    P.S. Stephen’s mime and improv skills are as awesome as ever.
    A brilliant interview ❤️❤️

  7. Gotta love Henry Winkler. Also, I can't hear Alec Berg without thinking of Jerry Seinfeld pronouncing "Alec Berrrg".

  8. Of course I belove H. Winkler, but someone in wardrobe screwed up big-time; diagonal striped tie against a checked shirt?

  9. When we talk of actors no one hates we often just mention either Tom Hanks or Keanu Reeves. This man absolutely belongs in that club 🙂

  10. Seems like Henry's had a lot of dinners in people homes ( or the equivalent thereof …)…still a good guy tho….

  11. If you haven't seen Barry, go watch it right now. You may love Henry Winkler but you'll love him even more playing an asshole!

  12. Oh wow, this was an EXCELLENT segment!! Lovely and beautiful and warm & fuzzy. Who ever the booker is for LSSC, we love it when you invite film and TV legends to chat with Stephen. So much charm and wisdom exudes from them, just as Henry did here. I LOOOVED this so much and I agree, Stephen is phenomenal as a mime. <3

  13. I had the privilege of meeting him this past weekend at Planet Comicon in Kansas City. He is everything I hoped he would be; kind, courteous and an absolute gentleman. My sister and I took a photo with him and he looks more excited to see us! It’s a moment I’ll treasure for the rest of my life.

  14. Henry Winkler AND Music Teacher Dewey Largo From The Simpsons"

    https://simpsons.fandom.com/wiki/Dewey_Largo

  15. Just saw him at a ComiCon in KC on March 29th. He was the only celebrity up & out of his seat, came around the front of the table, stood & greeted fans for hours on end!!

  16. To win an award, the politics creep in and the awards are subjectively chosen for too many reasons. His nominations are as good as or even better than wins.

  17. I love the Fonz. He hasn't played that character in decades and he's still one of the coolest dudes to come on this show

  18. Always a pleasure! Henry is such a great guy – and a hero to all who have dyslexia like himself! (And he (Fonzie) is STILL the epitome of COOL! )

  19. My best memory of Henry Winkler was attending Adar Ariel in North Hollywood. He was a proud, giddy daddy naming his little girl. He glowed with happiness.

  20. Don’t be rude #Stephencolbert #LSSC – we love you for your grace and humility – Henry got his Emmy at his age you’ll get yours soon enough – keep doing what you love things will always come along 🙂

  21. Mr. Winkler is a damn NATIONAL TREASURE. He has been America's Grandpa/Elderly Father. Fell in love with him on Happy Days and he made a home in my heart on Click. I still cry every single time I watch his character pass in that movie. Absolutely GOLDEN, he is!

  22. 3:19 Kind of a Robin Williams moment (dialed back to about 3% energy level) when he stands up out of his seat to deliver a line.

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