I’ve been working on a portrait series of characters from The West Wing, all done in Mischief software on my Wacom Cintiq Companion 2. There will be a few more before I’m done, and I’m going to work on some kind of poster with them all in it.
There were times when the giggles would just happen, especially in the Oval Office. You would just get delirious. They were always long days. It was a beautiful set, and it looked lovely, but when you have five or six people in the Oval Office, and you gotta keep covering… It became a long day. Hence where I started to come up with my trick.
I was wondering if we were going to get to this! I know exactly where you’re going.
I always knew exactly how to position myself, if I only had one or two lines, I would guarantee you, in the blocking, I was going to find a way to be in a shot by myself away from everybody else. So by the time we’d do the master, I’d be like, “Uh, excuse me? All I gotta say is, ‘Yes, Mr. President.’ and ‘Thank you, Mr. President.’ So can we just do this pop on me real quick?” Then I would be out!
Unbelievable! I remember I’d be there for the last four hours going, “Where the hell is Dulé? I can’t believe he’s home already.” This is the evolution of an actor: from “Praise the lord! Thank you for this job!” to “I think I know a way to get out four hours early.”
It’s called The Dulé Hill School of Acting.