Fernando Valley Daily News
May 19, 1989
TIRES OF CAREER SURGES
Film News & Notes - John H. Richardson
For someone young
and suddenly acclaimed, the movie business can be as treacherous as surfing a
tsunami. That's one reason why nobody's seen Bronson Pinchot on the silver
screen since his breakthrough as Serge (the gay art-gallery assistant) in
"Beverly Hills Cop."
At the time,
although it was a small part, Pinchot was the center of whirlwind
attention. He was singled out for praise in Newsweek and on network
TV. Film crews came from Australia, France and Italy to interview
him. There were stories in USA Today, People and US. He was still
living in a "flophouse" in "a bad part of Hollywood," and
already fans would "follow me up and down the aisles of a supermarket"
or "scream stuff at me from cars."
And that was the end
of Pinchot's movie career, until now.
The problem was,
Pinchot wanted to be a real actor. He was trained at the Yale school of
drama. He had already appeared in "The Flamingo Kid," as well as
"There was a rash of people asking me to do the (Serge) character in their
movie." Everyone thought he was a stand-up comic. A&M
Records even paid him to write a comedy album and then turned it down. His
TV series, "Perfect Strangers," where he plays a strangely accented
Balki, was really "the first time someone had approached me as an actor,
not a bubble-gum machine and saying, 'We want that flavor.'"
"At one point I
had the choice of playing the goofy guy with the turban in 'Short Circuit,'
later played by Fisher Stevens, or 'Perfect Strangers.' A real concerned
friend of mine said, 'Bronson, just be careful you don't become the young, male
Pinchot followed the
advice and now, after five years, he's back in the movies. In August, he
will appear with John Larroquette in Warner Bros.' "Second Sight," the
story of an uptight yuppie detective "with a car phone and rare French
posters in his office" (Larroquette) and "a talented yet extremely
undisciplined psychic to help him solve the crimes." That's Pinchot.
"My image for
him is, you know when you turn on your garden hose, and by the time you get to
it, it's whipping around like a hyperactive snake? This character has too
much psychic energy coming through. It turns him into a spaz. He
gets what he's after, but he destroys buildings and cars in the process."