Multi-Emmy award winning actor Ed Asner joined us at the WGBH Studio in the Boston Public Library on Tuesday to talk about his lifetime of acting and his upcoming projects.
Asner will be performing in his new play “God Help Us! A Political Comedy for Our Times” at the Regent Theatre in Arlington this Thursday, June 20th at 2pm and 7:30pm. He'll play the starring role as God who tries to reconcile a couple with differing political persuasions. Asner says the point of his role in play is, “To try to bridge their gaps, try to get them to go along with each other, to walk in each others shoes.”
The actor also spoke about the documentary “Ed Asner: On Stage and Off" that will play tonight at 7:30 at the Regent Theatre.
Well known for playing Lou Grant on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and Carl Fredricksen in the Disney/Pixar movie "Up", Asner spoke about some of the high points in his lifelong acting history.
"'Rich Man, Poor Man' was a big point for me. It was a breakaway from comedy, I’ve become only known for comedy, and it gave me that opportunity to spring free from that identification."
When asked if he'll ever slow down his career, Asner replied, "It’s my life. These are all quality pieces of material. I love to do them."