Talk to the actors on “Galavant” and one gets the idea that nobody can keep a straight face during shooting.
After all, with all the singing, dancing and Monty Pythonesque bits on ABC’s Sunday medieval comedy, it appears that laughter is the order of the day every day on set. Cast members Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones, Joshua Sasse and Mallory Jansen all echo those sentiments. And blooper reels on YouTube confirm it.
Jones, who plays Gareth, King Richard’s (Omundson) bodyguard and confidante, will cop to losing it a few times on camera.
“We had one last year,” the 50-year-old English actor and former footballer tells Zap2it, “where we had to get the shot but the tide was going out, so we literally had the giggles. It was the last shot of the series but we spent an hour backing up and backing up and we kept going out to sea because we needed the sea right behind us. But we had the giggles so much we couldn’t do it. … It was getting dark and the tide was going out, but it was hilarious. And then Chris Koch, the director, was shouting, ‘Come on, I need to get this shot.’ And it made us worse.”
But he’s not the biggest offender when it comes to breaking down. That honor, Jones says, goes to Sasse, aka Galavant. And when he does, he’ll try to pull others in with him.
“When you’re on camera,” Jones says, “you’ll feel the sword on the back of your neck or on the back of your thigh or something like that, where he’ll give you a little nudge while you’re on close-up on camera.”
“He breaks me all the time,” he continues. “Yeah, me and him get a funny thing going and Tim Omundson holds it together pretty well but he does crack up. But then Tim wants to get it done so he gets serious before anybody else. He’s the first one to say, ‘Oh, come on, guys.’ When he says, ‘Shut up,’ it makes us worse.”
And in the event anyone tries to get too serious, Jones indicates there is a mantra on set.
“If anybody sort of goes against grain,” he says, “we say, ‘We’re doing a comedy here.'”