Jeffrey Tambor Is Back in the Captain's Chair
Jeffrey Tambor, Welcome to the Captain
From Arrested Development
's George Bluth Sr to The Larry Sanders Show
's Hank ("Hey now!") Kingsley, Jeffrey Tambor
has made a career of playing scene-stealing characters. And in CBS' new sitcom Welcome to the Captain
(tonight at 8:30 pm/ET)
— which features an odd assortment of tenants in a Hollywood apartment building — Tambor adds another eccentric to his canon as Uncle Saul, the Captain's good-hearted resident busybody.
TV Guide: What attracted you to this sitcom?
Jeffrey Tambor: I read the script and thought Uncle Saul was a lot of fun. He reminds me of every single one of my uncles and a lot of my father. I also like that it's one-camera, which I think is better for our times now. And I get to dress very comfortably, which is sort of selfish on my part.
TV Guide: How often do people bring up Arrested Development?
Tambor: A lot. I was just in Budapest [filming] Hellboy 2 and people would come up to me on the street and ask me about [the show]. At my local yogurt place, my yogurt server goes crazy. The college kids really got it. For the first time, I have street cred. I am actually hip.
TV Guide: On paper, your NBC sitcom with John Lithgow, 20 Good Years, looked like a slam-dunk. Why do you think it didn't work?
Tambor: I have no idea. I thought we were funny enough. I thought the chemistry was good enough. I hope it wasn't the age.... I bet it was me and not John. I probably am the ruin of that show. Maybe it was my hairline. It threw people. But who knows?
TV Guide: You were in two classic sitcoms, Arrested and Sanders. What was your most fulfilling role?
Tambor: I would say it's a tie between [a 1995 installment of HBO's] Tales from the Crypt, where I played this ugly, gargantuan 500-pound man... and [1979's]... And Justice for All. That was my first film, opposite Al Pacino. I thought at any point someone was going to tap me on the shoulder and say, "I'm sorry, there's been a terrible mistake. We were looking for 'Jerry Tabor.'"
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