Wizards of Waverly Place Premiere

Hey faithful friends,

I’m shooting another episode of Wizards of Waverly Place this week, which is always fun.  This week’s episode is directed by Victor Gonzalez and it’s the second episode this season featuring Selena Gomez as a cheerleader.  I can’t tell much more than that, but I’ve already read that news on a fan site elsewhere so it’s not like I’m spilling the beans.

Tonight, the Wizards of Waverly Place movie premeires and I’m very happy for the cast.  As I mentioned earlier in the blog, I shot a scene for the film in San Juan Puerto Rico while I was in town shooting The Rum Diary with Johnny Depp.  Well, there’s good news and bad news.  The good news is that I’m working this week!  The bad news is that I didn’t make the final cut in the Wizards movie.  It will probably make the DVD extras.

We had a lot of fun on the set today.  There is a scene where David and Maria are in the stands at a basketball game and wobbling as they cheer.  David started wobbling and couldn’t stop!  He didn’t hurt himself, though because he fell in SLOW MOTION!  I’ve never seen anything like it.  He was calling out that he was falling while gradually rolling over and falling head over heels onto the floor.  This guy is funny doing ANYTHING!  And he kills even more when he’s in adversity.

David was kind enough to let me see footage of the Memorial for his dad Dom DeLuise, and although he was suffering a powerful loss he kept everyone in attendance laughing even as he teared up: sharing funny stories and celebrating the life of his amazing father.  And it was an amzing group of people who showed up to pay their respects, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner…I’m talking Show Biz royalty.  I truly am thankful to know somebody so funny and so nice.

Of course, I love hanging with the whole cast.  But David and I are guys about the same age and we talk about guy stuff and always have fun working together.  I really am lucky to be working with this wonderful ensemble.  Maria really is like a mom.  Well, she is in real life too but she’s always reassuring and kind and thoughtful and supportive. I say she’s a lot like a mom because she just started Twittering TODAY.

David Henrie and I talk about comedy a lot. Jennifer Stone always likes to twirl my spinning bolo tie, and make some pretty dark jokes about Mr. Laritate.  She says when I sit in my office when it’s dark on the set it looks like I’m a serial killer. Jake is really energetic and fun-loving and I always tell him, “You know you don’t have to call me Mr. Chott.” but he does it anyway.  He’s a big fan of The Ringer, and I guess it’s out of respect.  I’m very honored and flattered.  I mean, this kid already has a career bigger than me and he’s still humble.  You don’t find kids on a show this popular who are so well-mannered, respectful and genuinely nice.

And then, there’s Selena.  I’ve done a lot of scenes with her in the show, and her timing is impeccable.  Somehow, she understates things in that Alex Russo “I don’t give a darn” attitude and the laughs are HUGE.  When she ran up to me and gave me a huge hug before the rehearsal yesterday, I thought to myself, “How many teenage girls would want to be me right now?”  I know it’s a pretty odd thought to have, and it doesn’t happen often.  But I do know how lucky I am to be on this show as much as I have, and I’ll be back next week for another show.

I know the movie will be a big hit tonight!

Mr. Laritate keeps the halls safe at Tribecca Prep on Wizards of Waverly Place
Mr. Laritate keeps the halls safe at Tribecca Prep on Wizards of Waverly Place

Published by billchott

Bill Chott is currently appearing in Marshall's Miracle, a family film about a courageous dog who survived hardships to triumph as a therapy dog. For five years he was on the Emmy-Winning Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place. Originally from St. Louis Missouri, he is a member of his high school's Hall of Fame, a Broadway Award winner for his work in I Love Lucy Live on on Stage, and the winner of the INNY awards for Best Improv Coach. He attended Central Methodist University and trained in Improvisation at The Second City. There he worked with such comedy powerhouses as Tina Fey, Steve Carrel, Stephen Colbert among many others. Bill starred on The Dana Carvey Show, does cartoon voices on PBS, Saturday Night Live and in film, he appeared in Galaxy Quest, Dude Where's My Car, and he was a lead role as Thomas, the Special Olympian who brings home the bronze in the Farrelly Bros. film The Ringer.

2 thoughts on “Wizards of Waverly Place Premiere

  1. Thanks for the info on behind the scenes of Waverly Place. And I’m happy for you and the cast. I watched the movie tonight and it was really awesome… like a magical jouney. I hope to see Mr. Laritate on the DVD.
    Your Friend,
    Olivia Scales
    (this is Julie McDaniel Scales’ 8 yr old daughter)

  2. Thanks sweetie! Tell your mom I say “hi” and please join the letter writing campaign to help me get the part of Curly. I think letters from kids would mean the most to the people at the studio.

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