For diminutive actor Josh Ryan Evans, one of the best things about playing the young Grinch in the blockbuster holiday film Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas was the opportunity to sing Broadway showtunes with director Ron Howard. Evans tells TV Guide Online that between takes he coaxed Howard who appeared in the 1962 film version of The Music Man into joining him in a chorus of "Seventy-Six Trombones."
"We were singing, and the whole cast and crew were sitting there in silence just waiting for us to finish," recalls Evans, best known as living doll Timmy on NBC's offbeat soap Passions. "I realized the silence and said, 'Ron, I think maybe they want to go back to work.'"
Being a part of The Grinch which is fast approaching the $150 million mark at the box office after less than two weeks in release also gave Evans the chance to spend a few days mugging backstage with the king of funny faces, Jim Carrey, who plays the elder Grinch. "I had to learn how to copy his mannerisms and vice-versa," says Evans. "He's very serious about his work. He would spontaneously combust if he had to for a director and not think about the consequences."
The busy Evans has been a regular fixture on the game show circuit of late, recently appearing on both Hollywood Squares and Family Feud (along with his Passions co-stars). "Hollywood Squares is a lot less thinking," he admits. "With Family Feud, not only do you have to think about your own answers, you have to think about what other people would say."
On the Passions front, Evans is encouraging fans to stick with the show's sometimes wacky storylines. "Just stay tuned, no matter what you think of the show," he says. "At times, you're going to get real upset with it because they're going to do things that you don't like. But it gets better at the end. It's all meant for a reason."