Is it wrong that I watched hundreds of “Night Court” reruns as a 12-year-old? Perhaps that’s why I remain disappointed when I encounter judges who don’t do magic, prosecutors whose first names aren’t Reinhold and courtrooms severely lacking the presence of Mel TormÃƒÂ© (R.I.P.).
Because of all this, I wish I had known in advance about a Yorktown Heights shoot this week. Richard Moll, who played Bull Shannon — the tall, bald bailiff with a heart of gold on “Night Court” — stopped by the hamlet Monday to film “The Fantastic Two,” an Internet mockumentary series about fantasy football.
“The Fantastic Two” producer Jeremy Newberger, 33, welcomed the 64-year-old actor to the Aug. 27 shoot at the Fox Meadow Road home where Newberger lives with his wife, Michele, and son, Samson. The five-year Yorktown Heights resident raved today to Suburbarazzi about Moll, who wore a black leather vest and pants combo to play an intervention deprogrammer in the Web series.
“He was an absolute pleasure to work with,” Newberger said in a telephone interview today. “It’s going to be a great visual cue for anyone who loved or grew up on ‘Night Court’ and loved Bull.”
Newberger said he was able to secure Moll, who lives outside of Los Angeles, for the shoot after a few phone calls and after being told that the actor “loved the script.” Summoned from an unspecified Westchester County hotel, Moll arrived at the house Monday to film from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Newberger said.
“Between takes, he would sleep in the daybed in my child nursery — all 6-foot-7 of him,” Newberger added. “Then he would come on the set, and as soon as we said, ‘Action,’ he came alive. … He was just the most agreeable, funniest guy.”
“The Fantastic Two” is described by Newberger’s production company, Ironbound Films, as “The Odd Couple” of fantasy sports:
Charly is a thirty-five-year-old New YorkerÃ¢â‚¬â€a five-foot-two metrosexual with a nasal voiceÃ¢â‚¬â€who co-owns a sports marketing company. Mitch, a thirty-five-year-old ex-jock child psychologist, lives in New Jersey, smokes Cigars, and measures in at about 5-5, 200 pounds. He sits in front of his desktop with a gray hat, fancying himself a virtual Vince Lombardi.
Moll’s character is summoned by their families, who think Charly and Mitch are addicted to fantasy football.
In addition to Moll, the Webisodes also feature former Chicago Bears defensive lineman and “Super Bowl Shuffle” rapper William “The Refrigerator” Perry. Perry will play “Fridgie Bear,” a fantasy football informant. The Super Bowl champ filmed his footage in Queens and Manhattan, Newberger said.
“The Fantastic Two” launches Internet-wide this Tuesday. But you can check out the Web site now at www.thefantastictwo.com.
(Photos by Tanya Pann, courtesy of Ironbound Films/Broadband Enterprises)