Irreverent Video Generates New Kind of Activity in Ralph Macchio’s Career
The New Year is holding a lot of promise for Ralph Macchio — some of that due to his hilarious “Wax On, (Expletive) Off” video. He figures that between its home on Funny or Die, YouTube and other sites, it’s had more than 2 million views at this point. Along with the satisfaction of having a viral video that’s tickled the funny bones of computer users around the globe, “Wax On, (Expletive) Off” has “had an impact in the industry,” says the actor who’ll forever be remembered as the original Karate Kid.
He notes, “Funny Or Die is such an industry-savvy website, I knew if everything came into alignment, it would get passed around and give people a sample of my sense of humor. I have an irreverent sarcasm people don’t know about.”
The video, directed by his friend Todd Holland of “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Larry Sanders” fame, has “generated a decent amount of activity for me. That was part of the plan.”
“Wax On, (Expletive) Off,” in case you missed it, has Macchio’s family, manager, mailman and others holding an intervention for him because his clean-cut family-man image is destroying his career — with Macchio subsequently attempting to get into TMZ-worthy shenanigans. Sitting out on the street, he looks despairingly at a poster for the new “Karate Kid” starring Jaden Smith.
Macchio plays it straight — make that straight-laced — on “Psych” tomorrow night (12/8) as a by-the-book police academy instructor charged with whipping James Roday’s and Dule Hill’s characters into cops worthy of the uniform. It’s a nod to the “Police Academy” movies.
“Those guys are so much fun to work with, it’s like being in theater camp with a couple of cameras,” he says. “That show has got its own heartbeat. It has such a following — they call themselves Psych-Os. It’s been picked up for a sixth season. You know the odds of that in television today,” adds Macchio, who tips that there is more to his character than initially meets the eye. “But I don’t want to give it away.”
The door is open for future appearances for the actor, who also has a dramatic turn coming up on ABC’s “The Whole Truth.” In the wake of those guestings and his run on “Ugly Betty,” he’d like a regular series berth. In his perfect world, he says, that would be in an ensemble show with dramatic moments and comedic irreverence, real subject matter and real scenarios.
“We’re nearing the onset of the crazy pilot season. As much as people talk about pilot season being year-round now, there’s still a real frenzy in February and March,” he observes.
He also has a project in the works as a producer for A&E that has to do with the gypsy subculture in New York City. Stay tuned.
FROM THE INSIDE LOOKING OUT: Pop star cum actress Christina Milian says she accepted the starring role in ABC Family’s “Christmas Cupid” sight unseen.
“Even without seeing the script, I said I would love to be involved with the project. I appreciate the quality of work ABC Family does. After reading the script, I was really excited. This character has so much attitude; there are so many great little emotional parts. It was really fun,” she says of the movie, premiering Sunday (12/12). Milian plays a career-obsessed Hollywood publicist — and the writers had fun with that role, you’d better believe, as they did with Ashley Benson’s character, a jauntily self-destructive starlet. Chad Michael Murray and Jackee also star in the comedy.
Right now, Milian is busy working on the album she expects to have out next year, and she has “My eyewear line coming out. My glasses were featured on two swimsuit lines in L.A. Fashion Week — it was my first time seeing them on models. That was amazing,” she says. Then it was on to “working on getting retailers to get the eyewear, the sunglasses, into their stores.”
Her No. 1 task these days, however, is neither acting, nor music, nor design. It’s motherhood. Milian’s 9-month-old daughter, Violet, is having her first Christmas this year, and she’s already getting a brand-new kind of enjoyment out of the holidays, she says. “Having a baby does change everything. It gives everything you do a new meaning.”
SPEAKING OF PILOTS: TBS is fixing to step up to the plate with “Hound Dogs,” a show about a minor league baseball team in Nashville, Tenn., with the motley crew of players being cast now.
Dean Devlin’s “Brain Trust” pilot about a group of think-tank stalwarts is also moving toward production. Casting is under way for a beautiful brainiac professor named Monica. “Brain Trust” is also for TBS.
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