Bryan Cranston ('Tim Whatley')
"We had to stop filming a number of times, because Jerry could not stop laughing at a variety of different takes. I remember one of the episodes, Jerry meets a young woman at a party Whatley was throwing, and in some lights, she looks pretty, and in others lights…not so pretty at all [laughs]. So there's a part where she walks out and I'd go 'Oooh,' and sort of whistle and grimace…and he'd crack up every single time. Larry would go [in Larry David voice] 'Don't weaken the look, Cranston! Jerry, stop laughing! Stop laughing already!' [Laughs] When that's the reason you have to postpone shooting, you know, it's a pretty good day, I'd say."
"I had a big crush on Julia Louis-Dreyfus…when I saw the script for "The Labelmaker," I remember thinking, Oh, so I have to make out with her? Hmmm…[laughs]. The night that we shot that, she was terribly sick, and she kept apologizing, knowing full well that I would get her cold. Which I did…but my god, it was worth it!"
"There's the episode where we have Jerry go under for surgery...you know, the tucked or untucked shirt? So we rehearsed the scene, everybody goes off to work on something else, and I stay on the dentist office set…I just want to get more familiar for the environment, you know? So I'm sitting there by myself, and suddenly I hear this voice: 'You know what would be funny?' I look around and I don't see anybody…then I spot this ladder, and there's a guy up on top of it, adjusting a light. I said, 'Are you talking to me?' He goes 'Yeah, you know what would be funny? When you ask for the nitrous oxide, before you give it to Jerry, take a hit of it first.' I just looked at him incredulously, and I'm thinking, this is some guy on a ladder telling me what's funny…and he's absolutely right!"
"So when we do the dress rehearsal, I ask the nurse for the nitrous, she hands it to me and I [makes loud inhaling noise], and react like I just took a giant bong hit…and then I went to put it on Jerry, he wasn't there, because he was bent over laughing. He just lost it [laughs]. Keep in mind that Larry David, even when he thinks something is hilarious, the usual reaction you get is [in Larry David voice] 'Yeah, great, very funny, wonderful. That's fine. Wait two seconds before you say the next line.' He's like a doctor when it comes to comedy. And I look over, and Larry is smiling wide. He says, 'Oh yeah, that's good…we're going to keep that!' I say, 'Tell that guy, he gave it to me.' Every head turns and looks at this lighting guy, who just sort of shrugs his shoulders. But it taught me that a good idea can come from anywhere. It doesn't matter where, just know it when you hear it and then use it. [Pause] Also, I made Larry David smile. I can die a happy man."