CBS' Big Brother 7: All-Stars is about to begin, and the 20 potential housemates are out campaigning like crazy perhaps none more so than "Hurricane" Howie Gordon. The self-proclaimed Jedi and former weatherman who breezed through the first half of Big Brother 6 desperately wants a chance to blow away audiences with his humor once again. Today is the last day that fans can vote at CBS.com for their favorites. (The viewers' top six will be combined with the producers' favorite six, and the chosen dozen will enter the house on July 6.) Before casting your ballot, read TVGuide.com's entertaining interview with Howie. One thing is for sure he knows how to get reporters on his good side.
Howie Gordon: You sound hot as ever, wow!
TVGuide.com: Aww... you are so sweet. Now hopefully we'll be talking again when you win.
Howie: Oh, abso-friggin'-lutely! That's the plan.
TVGuide.com: I was looking at the schedules online, and you're really out there campaigning.
Howie: Yeah. Like I said, there are three guarantees in life death, taxes and Howie going back on Big Brother 7: All Stars. But at the same time, you gotta always compete. If you're the heavyweight champion of the world, you still gotta fight the contenders. And I gotta still fight to get back in that house.
TVGuide.com: I think you're pretty safe, but you never know....
Howie: Let's just say for some reason I don't get back in the house I don't want them to have to cancel Big Brother 7 'cause the star of the show's not returning.
TVGuide.com: So you just don't want it to be boring.
Howie: I'm looking out for CBS, I'm looking out for me. I'm looking out for Les Moonves. I'm looking out for Big Brother. I get back on, and the show goes on. I'm doing it for the love of the game and everything else, absolutely.
TVGuide.com: I noticed at CBS.com that you have your occupation listed as "lightsaber salesman." What happened to the whole weatherman thing?
Howie: I kind of took a bit of a hiatus when the Big Brother stuff hit the fan. I've been busy getting on music videos here and there, doing stand-up comedy. I've been doing a lot of charity events and using my celebrity status to help charities, help people and just make myself a better overall Jedi. The meteorology will be coming around again soon, but for now I'm sellin' some lightsabers, payin' some bills and puttin' some money on the table to take out some chicks once in a while.
TVGuide.com: Are you having fun?
Howie: Oh, a lotta fun. This is the greatest fun I've ever had. I wish someone could be doin' what I'm doin' all the time. It's awesome. It doesn't hurt that I'm a great-lookin' guy either, you know?
TVGuide.com: In your clip that aired last week, you said you were the best-looking Big Brother player ever.
Howie: I'm the best-looking guy in Big Brother history, there's no question about it. The other guys can say what they want but....
TVGuide.com: If Will, who also discussed his looks, gets back in the house, too, there might be some competition.
Howie: He was looking a little thick in that interview, a little pale white, so he's got some work cut out for him if he wants to aesthetically compare himself to me. Big Brother was five years ago for the old doctor. I'm sure he can still bring it he's a great, great, great competitor, maybe the most dominant competitor ever but to look as good as Jedi Howie in the Big Brother backyard? In the sunshine? He's got his work cut out for him.
TVGuide.com: What girls are you hoping get back in the house for more flirting time?
Howie: I always said the dream all-star Big Brother cast would probably be Howie with Diane, Erika, Janelle, Ashlea, Lori, Lisa, Holly... and you can even throw [Alison] in there. Nakomis is kinda freaky, so I'd like to take her on as well. And Ray Ray [Rachel] and Michelle. That'd be the greatest Big Brother cast ever.
TVGuide.com: Howie and 11 women.
Howie: Exactly! Howie with 22 boobies all summer long. Would there be a better show on television than that? Come on.
TVGuide.com: Are you making plans for any alliances?
TVGuide.com: Have you been talking to anyone yet?
Howie: Umm, not really.
TVGuide.com: You don't have, like, Janelle on speed-dial or something, saying, "You know, if we get back in...."
Howie: I haven't talked to Janey about it, I'll be completely honest with you. She didn't even know I was in the top 20 until the show aired. Nobody did, I kept it private. True power is concealed.
TVGuide.com: Mmmmm. Is that a Jedi thing?
Howie: That's a Jedi thing. That is maybe also a Kal-el thing with Superman.
TVGuide.com: Ohh, are you going to have to miss Superman Returns, which opens this week?
Howie: I'm kind of pissed off about that. At least I'm one for two, 'cause a year ago I almost missed [Star Wars Episode III] Revenge of the Sith [because of Big Brother 6 auditions], but I actually changed my flight, went and saw it at 4 o'clock in the morning, and then my buddy took me to the airport. This year, if I've got to wait a few months to see Superman even though it is my second love after the Jedi eh, I'll wait. I will eventually see it, no question about it.
TVGuide.com: Out of the other 19 candidates, who do you not want to see back in the house?
Howie: If I tell you, that doesn't really allow me the element of surprise. Some of the top 20 look stronger than others some look not as able to compete at the level of Jedi Howie but you know they were all picked for a reason. Everyone is only as good as their last performance. James is as good as his last veto, but if he doesn't win one, then he's just an average houseguest. Chicken George could go on and win five vetoes in a row. Last year I overlooked the Friendship [alliance] because I was focused on James the whole time. Am I gonna focus on doctor Will or Diane or Cowboy, hypothetically, and look past these other players who might evict me? You really can't say, because the game changes every week and you just gotta roll with it, hit the curve balls when they're thrown at you.
TVGuide.com: Do you have a new strategy in mind?
Howie: Last year my strategy was "hook and boot" hook up with chicks and boot 'em out. [My secret partner] Rachel was gonna get the guys, and I was gonna get the girls. It didn't work out 'cause you put a lot of married people and some fat, ugly people in the house last year, and I just didn't get my chances. But hook-and-boot could work again, we'll see. I'm very adaptable and that's what Hurricane Howie's gonna do. Let's put it this way, Angel: Hurricane season is startin' early this year!