Jerry Seinfeld has high praise for the late Jerry Stiller.
The iconic comedian passed away lately at the age of 92, prompting many to honor his legacy.
Now, Seinfeld, 66, is adding his stammer to the choir in a recent interview on “What a Shaggy dog story with Papa & Fortune” on SiriusXM’s Netflix is a Shaggy dog story Radio, revealing a behind-the-scenes tidbit from Stiller’s days on “Seinfeld.”
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Seinfeld disclosed that Stiller was employed to play Frank, the father of George Costanza, after one in all the indicate’s writers suggested the idea.
Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza in ‘Seinfeld.’
“I keep in mind Stiller and Meara [a comedy duo made up of Stiller and his wife Anne Meara] from the ’60s, but I hadn’t considered Jerry in a while and I sincere didn’t– and I thought, well, but he’s no longer bald,” the actor said. “But Larry sincere saved mentioning him and finally we introduced him in and he was so wonderful.”
Seinfeld said that even packages made, which featured bits Stiller had performed on the indicate, had been “so unbelievably comical.”
“What I loved about him is he so completes the George story. In the event you meet the father, you run, ‘Oh, now I understand why he’s appreciate that,'” Seinfeld said. “It was the suitable finishing of the painting of George Costanza was Frank Costanza.”
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Stiller, Seinfeld said, made magic on the space of the indicate, which he found to be a wonderful match.
“He had the most amazing comedic stuff that he — we didn’t know if he was planning it or it sincere came out that way, or he couldn’t keep in mind the line, or we didn’t know what it was, but we didn’t want to disturb it in any way,” he continued. “We by no means gave Jerry Stiller a indicate. I by no means adjusted his performance once. Whatever he did, that’s it. We’re putting that obtainable.”
Estelle Harris as Estelle Costanza, Jason Alexander as George Costanza and Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza in ‘Seinfeld.’
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Seinfeld doubled down on his claims, explaining that Stiller’s selections as an actor may have been unclear, but they clicked.
“I obtain no longer know why he did it appreciate that. I obtain no longer know why he screamed on that line. It would now not matter. Or no longer it’s comical. So comical,” the comedian said. “I am such a dedicated believer in: ‘If it’s comical, obtain no longer touch it.’ I obtain no longer care why it’s comical. I obtain no longer care what the line was supposed to be. He said it that way, we’re doing it that way.”
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Many others in the realm of showbiz have sung praises for Stiller since his son, Ben Stiller, announced his death on Monday.
TV host Tom Bergeron was among the first stars to take to Twitter to share a story about an interaction he had with Jerry Stiller several years ago on a plane.
“Pre-9/11, on a plane @ LAX after taping Hollywood Squares, departure delayed due to fog in NY. Flight attendants put on King of Queens. As I’m laughing I realize I’m being watched. I turn and Jerry Stiller is staring at me. ‘I really appreciate watching individuals bask in my work.’ #RIPJerryStiller,” he wrote.
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“Seeing Jerry Stiller on display instantly made you happy. Apt a beloved person in comedy, in NYC, in indicate business in general. Sending love and condolences to @RedHourBen,” tweeted comedian Billy Eichner.
Fox Information’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this account.