My Softer Side

Hi friends! If you’d like to know more about another dramatic role I was in – Marshall’s Miracle – click HERE to read a fun new interview. 

Me and co-star Lauren Holly

I grew a beard for the role and I’ve lost some weight since then. If you like tear-jerkers you’ll enjoy this story about a brave boy and his dog Marshall. For this and other projects I was in, (and to help raise my online profile) click HERE

More Alan Rickman Memories

Yesterday, I posted that I was honored to have been in Alan Rickman’s tribute reel on CNN. Shea Magazine suggested I tell the story in an article because they love to share experiences using mass media. Click HERE to read the article. Yes, a blog within a blog!

By Grabthar’s Hammer!

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It was an honor to work with Alan Rickman! However briefly, I met and worked with him on the film Galaxy Quest! He was a very kind man, and an amazing actor. I was amazed to find that I was in the tribute to him that is running on CNN today. He could do it all: comedy, drama, good guys and ESPECIALLY bad guys. His work will be remembered for a long time to come. Click HERE to see the video!

Marshall’s Miracle Opening Weekend

I’m so excited! It’s finally in theaters. I was honored to be a part of this award-winning family film. I play opposite Lauren Holly in the tale of Marshall The Miracle Dog in Marshall’s Miracle. I’ll be appearing in person at the LA premeire at Laemmle’s Music Hall in Beverly Hills.

Click HERE for a list of theaters near you and see the trailer below. I hope you’ll share this blog post with your friends on social media and help this independent film with a great message. Do you have a story about a courageous dog? Please share it below.

Commit to be Kind – Marshall the Miracle Dog

Hello Friends and Fans! I hope you can support this event, benefitting animals in need. Click HERE for more info! It’s a great way to see my latest film and also help 4H and animals in shelters. Tell a friend.

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Marshall the Miracle Dog is calling on his home state of Missouri to be kind!  Students are never to young to make a difference and are encouraged to organize “Supply Item Drives” to give back to their local shelters.

10% of all ticket sales go back to 4-H of Missouri 

Official Trailer for Marshall the Miracle Dog

I’m so excited to share with you the Official Trailer for Marshall The Miracle Dog. See me and Lauren Holly and the rest of this wonderful cast including Lucas Carroll, Zach Louis, Shannon Elizabeth and Matthew Settle. Stay tuned for news of the release date. The very first public screening will be an appearance in the St. Louis International Film Festival. This is going to be an exciting end to 2014!

Newsflash: Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups

Hello. Sorry it’s been a while since my last blog. But they’ll be coming more frequently soon. I’m adding a new feature to my blog. In addtion to my occasional rants and raves, I’ll be posting news updates like the one enclosed in this email. They’ve been posted on the NEWS page of the blog, but I realize that often you get my blog posts in your email and so you might not be checking back with the website that often. So now you’ll be even more up to date with my comings, goings and upcoming projects.

SEE BILL IN SANTA PAWS 2 – THE SANTA PUPS

HOLLYWOOD, CA – This Holiday season, see Bill Chott as “Mr. Holman” the cookie baker in Santa Paws 2 – The Santa Pups. Bill appears with Cheryl Ladd, Richard Kind, Danny Woodburn and Jennifer Elise Cox in this new holiday film for the whole family. On Disney DVD/Blu Ray November 20th.

This new sequel in the Disney Buddies franchise was shot on location in Fernie, BC. The official trailer is online now. Click HERE for more info!

Bill also just finished recording the animated pilot Paranormal Roommates for Cartoon Network. He’ll be playing The Loch Ness Monster. Also voicing characters are Paul Brittain (SNL) and Paul Scheer (Human Giant).

In related news, a new special episode of Wizards of Waverly Place is in production. Stay tuned for details.

 

Opened! Wiiiide Open!

It has been a whirlwind of energy and excitement this last weekend with the opening of I Love Lucy Live on Stage. Opening Night was fantastic and we’ve already had several standing ovations. I’m not going to brag about the show, because that would be immodest…so I’ll let some critics brag for us!

“Most entertaining stage production I’ve seen in years – including Broadway!!!”
– William Keck, TV Guide Magazine 

“an absolutely brilliant and utterly engaging tribute to that iconic television show.” – The Examiner (READ MORE)

“…more than just another rerun.” – LA Times (READ MORE)

“it is Rick Sparks‘ vision that makes the show work on such a high level.”  – Broadway World (READ MORE)

“A real first class production ”  – Performing Arts Live

“This show is fun stacked on top of fun stacked on top of fun.”- Hey Melpomene  (READ MORE)

“zany fun, an old-fashioned entertainment vehicle where everyone knows their parts (including the audience)”  – The Imitated Life (READ MORE)

“when humor is solidly developed, a 1950 joke can float just as well in 2011 if the delivery is good.  And this show delivers – real GOOD, as Ricky would say.”  – Review Plays.com (READ MORE)

“My smile stretched from ear to ear throughout. I didn’t want this blithe sensory feast to ease.” The Examiner (READ MORE)

I’ve been warned not to listen to what the critics say, so I take it all with a grain of salt…Okay, a couple of grains of salt. I’ve been called a lot of things before, but never “credible”. I know it’s a good thing, but it almost sounds like a booby prize. So, you should read the reviews and see what I mean. If you’d be so nice, please return to the blog to see what else I was going to spout off about.

So I’ll spout! Let me tell you that if you ever need to get a passport, go to a Federal Building. I’ve been running around like a chicken with his head cut off because I listened to a librarian who claimed to know what she was talking about. She told me that an expedited passport (12 business days) was the quickest you could get a passport.

Why do I need a passport you ask? I’ll be travelling to Vancouver to film a holiday movie called Santa Pups. I play a baker in a town that “loses it’s Christmas Spirit“….that is, if I can get my passport tomorrow at 11am. Santa…save me now!

Turns out that you CAN get a passport the next day at the Federal Building. I had gotten one rather quickly in the past, but I assumed that 9-11 security had made it more difficult since the librarian at the Pasadena Public Library told me that there was no faster way. Turns out, librarians often conveniently neglect to mention that you can get one for an extra charge at a Federal Building so that they can collect the $25 fee. Which just gives us another reason why I hope Fahrenheit 451 comes true. BURN THE LIBRARIES!!!! Now I know why the thing I’ve been doing most of my reading done on is called a KINDLE!

Libraries shouldn’t use the Dewey Decimal system, they should use the Don’t-ey system. If you’re John Coleman, please leave a comment.

So I spent the day online with the State Department getting to the bottom of the matter and I had to drive from Pasadena to Westwood by 7:30am. If you’re from LA, you know that means waking up at 5:00am.

I made it through the oddest security in the world. It started with a check-in outside and then a long line that took even longer than most TSA  airport security lines. It took so long because the lone security guard was playing detective,  AND most of the people in line to get a passport seemed to never have gone through security ANYWHERE, EVER. They were surprised to be asked to take their belt off, and all of them seemed to empty their pockets at the very last moment instead of emptying pocket contents into breifcases, bookbags or purses. Well, they’ll have their come-uppance. Soon they’ll be dealing with security at Heathrow airport or maybe El Al. God I hope none of them are travelling to Vancouver.

There was an older asian couple in front of me. Very sweet and not very threatening looking. The security guy (who appeared to have gang tattoos) pulled out the asian woman’s make-up kit and said, “Do you put this on your face? This is very heavy. This makeup. You put this on your face?” She spoke English, she just didn’t know how to respond to this very odd line of questioning, so she didn’t. I had heard hear and her husband talking English. But she used the old “I don’t speak English” approach to avoid answering a very forward and very bizarre question.

“Maybe the make-up case was heavier and seemed somehow suspect. Maybe the guard wasn’t so odd.” I thought to myself for about five seconds.

But when I stepped up to security with my back pack full of safe and acceptable belongings, he started in with the weird questions. As he looked through my bag (which contained no metal and mostly paperwork) he started asking, “What kind of bag is this? Is this a back-pack or a combination bag?”

If you’re like me you have no idea what a “combination bag” is, but I answered quickly. “It’s a backpack.” Then he let me go on my way.  You don’t know how bad I wanted to start muttering in Korean instead of answering such an obvious question.

So with fingers crossed I’ll be heading back to Westwood to the Federal Building at 11am to pick up my new passport…speaking of passports, Sam and I are going to celebrate the solution to the passport debacle with another trip to Disneyland with our new annual pass. This time, California Adventure. We may also stop off in Disneyland too to ride Pirates of the Carribean (my favorite ride) which was not in operation the day of our honeymoon.

Dead Men Tell no Tales…….

Call Me “Curly”

Okay Fiends, Friends and Motherfakers,

Big news first.  I may have my foot in the door again on the Farrelly Bros. Three Stooges film.

“How?” you ask.

“Oh, and Indian!” I respond…Here’s the scoop.  Jim Carrey was cast as Curly in the film but he bowed out.  Maybe being bald and fat isn’t his thing.  But I’ve been settling into this role for a long time.

For more back story on the continuing Stooges drama, click HERE.

After shooting the Ringer with The Farrelly Bros. I told them that I was VERY interested in playing the role of Curly.  Pete Farrelly sent me a bunch of Curly tapes and DVD’s to study.  I put together an audition which you can see by clicking HERE.

Funny, huh?  My friend Paul Wojciak shot it and was a HUGE help in putting it all together.  Now you can be a HUGE help as well and help with a word-of-mouth campaign.

Pete and Bobby Farrelly already think the world of me and Pete even called to let me know that I was at the top of their list and they hadn’t read anyone else besides Jim Carrey for the role.  That’s a huge compliment because nobody calls you in Hollywood when you don’t get the role….Especially the Exec. Producer.  I’m a big fan of Jim Carrey and I didn’t feel I was losing out when they cast America’s Top Comedy Star as the funniest Stooge, Curly.

But so many people have urged me to convince the studio that I’m the right choice as well.

My sister Mary is helping me put together a word of mouth and letter-writing campaign that will teach Hollywood a thing or two about how much St. Louis loves the Stooges and how good St. Louis is at writing letters and spreading word of mouth…and of course the rest of the country.  There are some loud mouths and prolific writers elsewhere (New Jersey, New York, I’m lookin’ at you…) but we’re going to have to start by asking every St. Louisan to help make this a dream come true.

Here’s where you come in…please take about five minutes and write a letter and send it to these three addresses:

Metro Goldwyn Mayer
10250 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067-6200.
C3 Entertainment, Inc
1415 Gardena Ave.
Glendale CA 91204
corporate@c3entertainment.com
Bobby and Peter Farrelly
325 Wilshire Blvd.
Ste. 201
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Then, please take one more minute to tell three friends about this website and ask them to help.  If you have more than three friends…why are you reading this blog?

Thanks in advance.  For the fans of Wizards of Waverly Place, I have a fun pic taken on the set of The Wizards of Waverly Place movie in San Juan Puerto Rico.  Me and Selena Gomez, kicking it beachside/poolside at the Caribe Hilton.

Bill Chott and Selena Gomez on the set of the Wizards Movie
Bill Chott and Selena Gomez on the set of the Wizards Movie

The Wizards of Waverly Place Movie premeires Friday August 28th on The Disney Channel.  Click HERE for more info.

I’ve been pretty busy in LA lately.  I’m shooting another two episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place.  I can’t wait to read the script and find out what the episodes are all about.  In the mean time, I’ll have to have fun times like I did last weekend at the Feel Good Film Festival.  I saw a LOT of great movies and heard some great music, Indian food by Chakra and I met a lot of great people there.  It truly was a Feel Good Time.

I was really happy to be able to see all those Feel Good Films and was very proud to pick as one of my top five a film shot with a lot of St. Louis actors: Donna Weinsting and Whit Reichert just to name a few.  My good friend Rick Hall who is also a Second City alum and great character actor was the lead character, Carter. Rick is also a cousin of Ray Brewer, St. Louis gadfly.  It was called “A Slice of Pie” and it was directed by Timothy C. Reischauer who is from St. Louis, just in case you couldn’t figure it out by the name.

They had just gotten back from the St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase and were very well received there.  They didn’t win best film, but it’s very cool to be nominated for an award like that.  Ed Asner got the award for Lifetime Achievement and Patrick Warburton, Andy Dick and Eric Roberts were in attendance, too.

I was not prejudiced at all by the fact that I knew so many people in that film and that I enjoyed it so much.  I knew a LOT of the actors, directors and writers who were in this festival, and this one was simply my favorite.  It’s about a guy named Carter who lives in a small town and has small town values.  He has to make a series of tough decisions on a first date with the girl of his dreams.  Despite the risk of “doing the right thing” and flying in the face of the theory that “no good deed goes unpunished.”  Amazingly, every time he makes a hard decision and does the right thing he winds up on top, with the girl of his dreams. Sorry if I ruined the ending for you, but it IS the Feel Good Film Festival.

Michael Hatch, Bill Chott, Jason Benesh at The Feel Good Film Festival
Michael Hatch, Bill Chott, Jason Benesh at The Feel Good Film Festival - photo by Cathryn Farnsworth

That’s me with two of the other filmmakers I knew at the festival.  See, I told you!  Jason Benesh produces with Jerry Zucker and we all worked on a pilot for Jerry Zucker that combined game shows, improv and Kafka.  I had a great time catching up with Jason and his associate Michael Hatch.  They had another great film in the festival called The Mugging about muggers who are paparazzi.

So, it’s getting late and I need to rest for tonight.  Please remember to write a few letters and emails on my behalf. You don’t know how much midwestern modesty I have to choke down to self-promote.  Have a great weekend, and imagine me choking…on hubris.

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Puerto Rico

Well, Motherfakers. I’m on the road again.  This time to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  I’ll be shooting Rum Diary with Johnny Depp.  I’ve got a lot of news to share.  Fun with the cast of Wizards of Waverly Place, more on Obama including my thoughts on Special Olympics bowling and lastly a note on the passing of a good friend and St. Louis comedy writer.

 

San Juan Puerto Rico
San Juan Puerto Rico

 

I headed to the airport early Sunday morning.  It was much more stress free than my average trip to the airport because the studio provided a driver. My driver was a nice guy, but it looked like he was trying to bait me into a political argument.

He was telling me that Aaron Eckhart was in the limo before me, and so I asked who were some of the nicest people he had driven in the past.  He said he really liked George Clooney, and talked about how nice and friendly he was.  I added that I figured he would be and that I like that he has strong political convictions and that he uses his celebrity to promote causes he believes in.

That’s when he started talking about how Clooney isn’t as far to the left as Susan Sarandon, but getting there.  He went on to talk about how he thinks Obama is ruining our country.  I held my tongue.  Really?  in 60 days he’s already ruined our country?  I firmly gripped my taste-bud holder when he went on to point out that there has never been a Socialist government that’s lasted.

If he’d drank that much Kool Aid, there was no way I was going to try to convince him that Obama didn’t run on the Socialist ticket.  He’s an Amercian and a Democrat. I don’t agree with everything he’s said and done, but I’ll give him 4 years to see if his ideas will work for us.

I don’t argue politics anymore.  I’ve wasted a lot of time in the past trying to point out the holes in what I perceive in the “logic” of people who disagree with me.  And the older I get, the less sure I am that I know everything there is to know. Besides I’ve got too many friends on both sides of the aisle to start an argument about something as futile as my opinions about some policy.

 Speaking of everything Obama has said and done,  I couldn’t believe my ears when he was on The Tonight Show and said his bad bowling was “like something out of the Special Olympics.”

Whoah!  Apparently  he hasn’t spent any time bowling with a Special Olympian.  Everbody in Special Olympics has whipped my butt in bowling.  My friends John Taylor and Eddie Barbanell have made me hang my head in shame at my own bowling score.  I’ve been amazed at the bravery of Special Olympians who compete in events like downhill skiing and much more. I have to bowl in my shoot with Johnny Depp tomorrow and I know I wish I’d spent more time with John Taylor who’s the best bowler I know. 

So, I arrived in San Juan late Sunday and checked into the Caribe Hilton.  It’s one of the nicest hotels and resorts I’ve ever stayed at.

It’s right on the beach and the beach is gorgeous.  Expansive blue skies and waves crashing on the rocks.  I keep my window open most of the time since the sounds are just as beautiful.

I headed to the set of Rum Diary the next morning and on my way out I ran into David DeLuise and Jake T. Austin from Wizards of Waverly Place in the lobby.  I knew from emailing Peter Murrieta the day before that the Wizard movie was shooting at the Caribe Hilton.  I had planned on stopping by to see them after I was done, since I knew I’d get off early that day.

 

I didn’t know I’d be running into them that early. I also ran into Peter who told me that David pitched an idea to him about me making a cameo since I’m down here and Disney didn’t have to pay to fly me down or put me up.  So we planned on seeing if we can fit me in.  Hopefully it doesn’t distract from the scene that was written.

I arrived at the base camp for The Rum Diary and met the director Bruce Robinson and talked breifly with Aaron Eckhart.  He really was a nice guy and we talked about St. Louis a bit since he had filmed Meet Bill there a few years back.  It sounded like he had a chance to really get out and see St. Louis when he was there.  We talked about The Improv Trick and some of my other favorite things about St. Louis.

I got back to the Hilton and shot the scene for Wizards.  It’s a walk on.  I literally just walk on.  But it was a suprise cameo and only took about a half hour to shoot.

 

 

David Deluise and Selena Gomez
David DeLuise and Selena Gomez with Flat Stanley

By the way, I’m working on a slide show with Flat Stanley for my nephew Brandon.  So, technically I’m working on THREE projects in San Juan.

It was Peter Murrieta’s birthday so we all went out to a  great restaurant called Marmelade!  Whooiieee! It was delicious.  We had some amazing appetizers which included:

  • Baked Pear with feta cheese
  • Homemade Gnocci with spicy pork
  • Grilled Baby Octopus
  • White Bean Soup

And there was more. It just kept coming! The grilled baby octopus was great, but we all agreed that there’s no tasteful way of announcing any appetizer that begins with the words “grilled baby.”This jewel of a restaurant in Old San Juan was amazing.  I had a great entree too: Red Snaper with sausage and clams.  Then the desserts started coming, in taster’s platters just like the tapas appetizers.  We all agreed that the entrees were not even neccessary.  The waiter assured us that many of their guests go into a food-gasm at the end of the evening.

The White Bean Soup was an amazingly rich cream based soup with crispy bacon dust, served in a small cup, almost like an espresso cup.  You’re supposed to sip it instead of eating it with a spoon.  The big spoon they give you wouldn’t have fit into the cup anyway.

Lastly, I’d like to send my regrets to everyone in St. Louis who was close to Jamie Foehner, a very funny improviser and sketch comic.  Jamie worked in the sketch troupe Brand X, and he studied at The Second City at around the same time I did and also had Stephen Colbert as one of his teachers.

Jamie died far too young, but thankfully painlessly and quick.  It’s believed he had a heart attack sitting on a stool at his computer.  At least he went out writing.  St. Louis is a few laughs light today.

Well, it’s 1:02am and I have to leave for the set tomorrow at 6:30am.  I’d better get some sleep.  I’ll have more on the trip later.  For now, feast your eyes on this shot from my hammock this afternoon.

 

The Port of San Juan as seen from between my legs.
The Port of San Juan as seen from between my legs.
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