Q: On the other hand, what do you think could use an update?
Bronson: The Abominable Dr. Phibes.
Q: What is one work of art that you think would be blasphemous to remake?
Bronson: Perfect Strangers, but apparently they already did, in Russia. Also The Wizard of Oz, which is in the works.
Q: What genre will your book be and is there a target publication date?
Bronson: It’s a secret and not yet.
Q: Did you keep any mementos from the set of Perfect Strangers?
Bronson: I’ve got all the vests somewhere.
Q: Do you have any new audio books coming out in the future?
Bronson: Yes, Brewster’s Millions, Immortality, Ink, and The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear.
Q: How did you enjoy working with her in Putting it Together?
Bronson: I assume part of this question would explain who “her” is. If you mean Carol Burnett, she is pure light. The other “her” was Ruthie Henshall, and she was adorable and wonderful.
Q: The theatre gives you the wonderful (hopefully) experience of immediate audience feedback. Have you ever had a time where it was so strong that it almost overwhelmed you?
Bronson: At the curtain call of the final episode of Perfect Strangers someone in the audience asked if we would do the Dance of Joy one final time, and as I said, “Now we are so happy….” the word “happy” caught in my throat, and I was bent over double with emotion, crying, and the audience was trying to somehow snap me out of it, and Mark was whispering, “pull it together” and it was overwhelming, and agonizing.
Q: What takes your breath away?
Bronson: A baby’s smile.
Q: What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Bronson: Watching Family Matters.
Q: What is your favourite virtue?
Bronson: Not quite clear if you mean a virtue of mine or a virtue of anyone’s. About myself? My compassion for everyone, no matter whom. About anyone, anywhere? Generosity and self-sacrifice.
Have you ever played a character that caused you to have an epiphany about yourself?
Bronson: I have noticed several times that I can cry my heart out in the guise of a character, for a misfortune that is fictional, but it is extremely rare that I can cry for my own misfortunes.
Q: What are you currently reading?
Bronson: Simultaneously: Janson’s History of Art; The Iliad; Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story; and Sculpture: Volume I.
Q: Do you and Mark get a chance to talk much anymore?
Bronson: In a wonderful way, Time stands still when it comes to Markie – meaning, if we go two years without talking, and then run into each other, we pick up mid-sentence, and howl with laughter like two brothers with a secret, which is what we are.
Q: Can you recommend any good history books or novels for someone just starting out?
Bronson: For someone just starting out, you can’t do better than Dickens’ Great Expectations. I jus t finished Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, also spectacular. Ultimately, you want to graduate to the two Everests of the novel form, which are The Odyssey and Les Miserables.
Q: Have you ever seen the Ancient Greek ruins at Bergama, Turkey?
Bronson: But of course! I am particularly partial to the sculpture of ancient Pergamum, and I went there with a friend who is an art historian. She took loads of pictures of me on the acropolis there, and when we had them developed in Kalkan, I was doing an errand, and she went to pick up her photos. The photo developer said to her, “Did you perhaps meet Bronson Pinchot on your travels?” and she laughed because I was about to pick her up at that photo shop any minute. Perfect Strangers played daily in Turkey at that time. It was a spectacular trip, we went all up and down the West Coast, and everyone there treated me like family, and called me their “Italian cousin.” I’ll never forget it! NEVER! I would go back in a second.
Q: Should the Elgin Marbles be returned to Greece?
Bronson: I would have to retire to a monastery and think about that one for years, eating only gruel and covered with an itchy animal skin.
Q: Shemp or Curly?
Bronson: See answer above.
Q: Who’s your favorite Greek mythology character?
Bronson: Athena; but She might object to being called “a character.”
Q: What did you think of the changes in Balki’s character toward the end of the series?
Bronson: Give me some specifics, and I’ll respond to them individually.
Q: Would you ever want do a Perfect Strangers reunion episode?
Bronson: Well of course I would, don’t be ridiculous!