Comic-Con: Sid and Marty Krofft Panel Screens Never-Before-Seen LAND OF THE LOST Footage

     July 15, 2012

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This weekend at Comic-Con, I attended the Sid and Marty Krofft Panel – A Look at the Past, Present, and Future moderated by Chris Gore (G4’s Attack of the Show). To millions and millions of people, Sid and Marty Krofft are geniuses known for their ambitious vision and unique brand of fantasy programs with high-concept plots, unusual protagonists and low budget effects. The sibling team of television producers has produced quality family entertainment for over 40 years and they’re responsible for a number of memorable classic 70’s shows including Land of the Lost that featured elaborate sets and fanciful characters and is still watched to this day.

The panel featured footage from the never-before-seen network presentation reel for Land of the Lost while it was still in development. In addition, there were two special surprise guests: David Gerrold, who wrote the first episode of Land of the Lost and is also known for writing one of the all-time great Star Trek episodes, The Trouble With Tribbles, and Wesley Eure, who played Will in Land of the Lost. During the final 10 minutes of the panel, there was an audience Q&A highlighted by a surprise appearance by filmmaker Tom DeSanto who is behind some of the biggest franchises in movie history including X-Men and Transformers. Hit the jump for the recap and transcript of the panel.

sid marty krofftFor those that didn’t grow up with Land of the Lost or aren’t familiar with the world, the classic television series created by Sid and Marty Krofft is about a family that’s thrown back in time and must survive in a dinosaur-dominated land. The series, which ran from 1973 to 1977, also inspired a 1991 version for a newer, younger audience as well as the 2009 feature film directed by Brad Silberling starring Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel and Jorma Taccone.

A few of Sid and Marty Krofft’s other shows that you may have heard of include: H.R. Pufnstuf, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, Wonderbug, The Bugaloos, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, The Lost Saucer, Lidsville, and The Banana Splits Adventure Hour. Many were considered landmark children’s television series that featured their trademark style of large scale, colorful design, puppetry and special effects along with a storytelling formula they often returned to about children lured into an alternate fantasy world they can never escape.

At the panel, which was filled to capacity, the Krofft brothers proved they have not lost their sharp sense of humor or their creative edge. Sid admitted that drugs did indeed play a role in their creative process, that the first film he ever saw, The Wizard of Oz, convinced him to pursue a career in show business, and that One Million B.C. and Swiss Family Robinson inspired Land of the Lost. Marty revealed that the original title for Land of the Lost was Lost, that J.J. Abrams actually stole the title, and that Tom DeSanto will be doing their next film. In addition to sharing entertaining anecdotes about their lives, the brothers discussed their busy slate of upcoming projects including a Pufnstuf movie with Alan Menken and Tim Hill, Lidsville which is in development at DreamWorks Animation, a redevelopment of D.C. Follies, a redevelopment of The Bugaloos with T-Bone Burnett doing the music, and plans to re-team with David Gerrold on their own Land of the Lost feature.

Chris Gore: I have so many questions for you guys because you were my entire childhood – everything from H.R. Pufnstuf to Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and Far Out Space Nuts. I mean, I could go on and on. Shout ‘em out. There are so many.

What does the H.R. of H.R. Pufnstuf stand for?

Sid Krofft: When we came up with the title back then, there was that song on the air, Puff the Magic Dragon, so we called it Pufnstuf. But it didn’t look right to me and he was the Mayor of Living Island and that character came from a puppet show at Hemis-Fair. All those characters came from this puppet show that we did for the Coca Cola Company in their pavilion. To call him Mayor Pufnstuf still didn’t sound right and what about Royal Highness? But he was the Mayor, so I took Royal Highness, switched it around, and that became H.R.

world of sid and marty krofftMarty Krofft: Nobody ever believed us.

Sid: I think I told you last year when we opened up, some of you were here last year, we’re here every single year and thank you for coming. But last year I think I told you, because it’s a question that we have been asked over and over again for the last forty years: “Were you on drugs?”

Gore: Can I ask you that question? Were you on drugs?

Sid: Okay, I’m going to answer it. I did last year. But, for those of you who weren’t here, if three Presidents said they did not inhale, I did. If we did as many drugs as everybody thought we did, we wouldn’t be here today, but a little pot doesn’t hurt. I was to thank Chris Gore for being here. If you don’t know him, he’s the star of G4. He wrote my favorite book.

Gore: It’s The Fifty Greatest Movies Ever Made. There’s a chapter in that book about an unproduced script which was a bio-pic of your lives written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski who wrote the Ed Wood movie. I would love to see that movie. Not just what you’ve created for Saturday morning and for all of our childhoods, but the bizarre, behind-the-scenes story of these two brothers from a family of puppeteers who created the most creative visions and stories that still resonate today. I was to see it as a bio-pic.

Sid: Something that all of you don’t know, there were 28 years of story before Pufnstuf, and 20 years, even before Marty joined me as my assistant. I was the opening act for Judy Garland. I was a puppeteer, self-taught, and later I’ll tell you a little bit about it.

Marty: I wasn’t born then.

Sid: Marty doesn’t even know a lot of these stories today of me being in the Ringling Bros. Circus when the Ringling Bros. Circus sat 15,000 people in the big top and we traveled with a 150 horses and 50 elephants. Last night, I went to see the Ringling show in Staples and they had 6 elephants.

Marty: If Sid told you every story, we’d be here ‘til Tuesday.

comic con sid marty kroftGore: We’re going to have questions at the very end of the panel for the last 10 minutes and we’ve got a very special treat today which we’ll get to. I wanted to ask you a question to segue into one of our favorite shows, Land of the Lost. Sometimes I will review films in my part time day job. I’d like to hear your review of Land of the Lost. What did you think of the movie with Will Ferrell? Any thoughts on that?

Sid: Oh my God! You know what happened? When something goes wrong, we always have to blame somebody else. But, of course, Universal bought the rights and Will Ferrell was totally in charge and we were there every single day. Marty was there even more than I was. When a studio puts out $100 million… I mean, we did the TV show for maybe $60,000 an episode. A $100 million and you think, maybe we’re old and we’re over the hill, and they must know what they’re doing, but we questioned it right from the beginning. I asked Will Ferrell many times “Why are you doing that?” It’s like Saturday Night Live. I hate to use the word, that four-letter word that starts with an “F.” “Why are you doing those kinds of jokes because that’s not our audience?” And now, they’ve got kids and they can’t even bring their kids. Who is this movie for? Maybe he inhaled?

Marty: As soon as I got Will Ferrell, I knew I could get the picture made. But we knew also it was Saturday Night Live. There’s something Sid said, we’re old and we’re out and we’re over the hill, but we are far from that. First of all, we’re the only company left in business of all the companies from Hanna-Barbera on down who are still in business, so we survived. We’re making a Pufnstuf movie. We have Alan Menken. We have Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. We have Tim Hill who did Hop and what’s the other one?

Sid: Alvin and the Chipmunks. Every once in a while we have a senior moment so you have to stick with us.

Marty: Yeah, the names are not important. We know what they look like and we know how to get them. Then we also have Lidsville which is already a movie at DreamWorks Animation. And we’re redeveloping The Bugaloos and we’ve got T-Bone Burnett to do the music.

Sid: Let me tell you how they’re doing Lidsville. It’s going to be like Tommy or Hair. It’s a full blown musical. Alan Menken is doing the music and that’s pretty exciting. I love that studio. On a daily basis, they really know what they’re doing.

land of the lostMarty: Let me just finish up with what we’ve got going because you said we were over the hill.

Sid: I didn’t say ‘we’ were over the hill. I’m not. He is.

Marty: The other things we’re doing… Do you know who Cesar Millan is? The Dog Whisperer? Well, we have his kid who’s 13 and we’re doing a pre-school life assessment script. We’re developing that. For those of you who remember D.C. Follies with the political puppets, we’re redeveloping that. So, we’ve got a bunch of things in the pipeline and we’re still auditioning. You never stop auditioning when you’re in this business. But it’s okay. So now, this is what we’d like to do. We’ve only got an hour. We want to talk about Land of the Lost some more. I want Sid to tell you how we got this thing done and sold. He’ll give you the story going way back. We’re going to show you something that’s never been seen before on how we sold Land of the Lost.

Sid: Normally, for every show, we used to do this huge book with all the characters, and we’d throw it on the floor in front of all the executives at the studio or the networks and that’s how they bought every one of our shows. But Land of the Lost, we did a little tape, a 10-minute presentation, and you’re going to see it. I don’t even remember it. I remember doing it. That was 1971.

Marty: 1941.

Sid: When I was a kid, my greatest possession was a little crystal radio that I was given. I was a loner as a kid and my favorite shows were The Shadow and The Green Hornet and Let’s Pretend. Let’s Pretend was a show that was on Saturday mornings at 12 o’clock and they would reenact a fairy tale. I was very, very young and I hadn’t seen a movie yet, a full blown movie, but there was a little movie theater that I used to go to. When my family was not well off, they’d give me five cents to go see Flash Gordon on Saturday morning at 8 o’clock. It was a nickel and it was a serial.

sid marty krofft hr pufnstufMarty: I wasn’t there.

Sid: No, you were not. Marty wasn’t even a thought yet. Buster Crabbe was my greatest hero, the Flash Gordon of that day. Of course, years later, I realized that he was the worst actor I’ve ever seen. In 1939, my dad brought me to my very first movie. I was 11 years old and we slept outside in front of the theater. I even have a picture of it, the Majestic Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island and it was the opening day of The Wizard of Oz. Oh my God, it blew me away. I couldn’t believe what I had seen on the screen and I knew I wanted to be in show business. Not an actor. I didn’t know what I wanted to be at 11 years old, but I knew that that was the world that I wanted to live in. In 1940, the second movie that I saw was at the Paramount Theater and our neighbor was the stagehand at that theater that opened and closed the curtains after each show. He snuck us in backstage and we had to wait for the lights to go out. Marty was not there. He was still pooping in his diapers. He was only 2-1/2 years old.

Marty: I wasn’t there because I couldn’t take the story.

Sid: And the movie was One Million B.C. I had never ever seen a dinosaur move. It was my second movie and it made such an incredible impression in my life. Okay, flash forward. Hufnstuf was our first show and then The Bugaloos, and then Lidsville, and then Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. All three networks were waiting to see what the next show was going to be, and I said I’ve got to do Swiss Family Robinson with dinosaurs and a family. A great friend of mine, Alan Foshko, was working for us and we put together what you’re going to see, a collage of Lands of the Lost. It only had a father and son because that’s all we could afford. And, as you know, there were only four Sleestaks. That’s all we could afford.

Marty: Three.

Sid: There were three? Okay.

Marty: [points out a Sleestak sitting in the audience] There’s one sitting right there.

Sid: And so, that’s how Land of the Lost was born.

Huckleberry-Tom-Whalen-Land-of-the-Lost-regMarty: You know, Sid, I think you did great. Did he do good on explaining this? I have a story about when I was born up until today.

Sid: There’s one thing that I wanted to say. I know that you got a little embarrassed when I said you pooped in your pants. But you know when I was a teenager, a little older than that, I always wanted to go home and listen to my radio. That was my best friend. And so, guess what I used to do to get out of school? I’d open my pants.

Marty: Let me say something. Before we started, he was that funny. He is. You got to remember, we’re brothers so that’s trouble right there. So now, what we did today, we brought a couple of guys here. One is somebody who has got a ton of talent. They both have a ton of talent. He wrote the first episode of Land of the Lost. He wrote several others. So, he was there from the beginning. He brought many of the Star Trek writers to Land of the Lost because they were no longer on the air. My favorite episode was The Trouble With Tribbles on Star Trek. Here’s David Gerrold.

[David Gerrold joins the panel on stage to loud applause]

Marty: We just got back together with David, because even though the movie in my opinion was a disaster, the bottom line is that we want to do another movie about Land of the Lost and hopefully we’ll do it the right way. This will be a little way down the road. So, in the meantime, we decided that if we wrote the novel on Land of the Lost, this would be great. David is writing the novel.

Sid: David was only 26 years old when he came on board.

Marty: He’s still 27.

Sid: When you were on Star Trek, I remember you were 23 or 24 years old.

David Gerrold: 19, I think. I don’t remember. It was in the 60’s.

Marty: We have another surprise guest. He came all the way from Palm Springs. He drove so he’s pissed off. This is somebody who was on Days of Our Lives when we hired him and he’s written books and movies. He looks just about the same. And that is Will from the series, Land of the Lost, Wesley Eure.

[Wesley Eure joins the panel to loud applause]

Sid was talking about this presentation we did. This is what we did that sold the series. We only had a $1.98 and that’s what this cost. It runs about 8 minutes and we figured we’d show it all to you because no one has ever seen it including us until about a week ago. So let’s dim the lights and show the video.

We see a collage of color stills reminiscent of a photo album that walks us page by page through the story and reveals how Will (aka Billy) and his father, Park Ranger Rick Marshall, end up in the Land of the Lost. The camerawork lacks the sophistication we’re used to today and is often stilted rather than fluid due to the limitations of 70s technology. However, the presentation is still highly visual, imaginative and entertaining. There are also some unintentionally funny moments due to the sometimes heavy-handed exposition style characteristic of that era.

marty krofft david geroldThe camera pans across each frame and is accompanied by voiceover narration, music and sound FX showing how the Grand Canyon was first formed when the ocean covered the land, and then as time passed, the water receded and the land rose to become the tops of towering mountains. A male narrator tells us it took 300 million years for the Colorado River to carve those mountains into one of the mightiest natural treasures. A female narrator accompanied by a banjo sings the Land of the Lost theme song about Billy’s Dad, Ranger Rick, who guards the great Grand Canyon and how survival is his main concern.

The narration reveals how one day, while Ranger Rick and Billy are on a journey, an earthquake strikes and there is nowhere to turn. They escape in a tiny yellow raft amidst dangerous rocks and rapids and are tossed one thousand feet below where they find themselves in the Land of the Lost. The video shows how they reach the shore of this strange new land and begin to explore their mysterious surroundings only to discover they are not alone in their fight for survival. They encounter dinosaurs, cavemen and even another human. There are also giant flowers, trees, reptiles and prehistoric birds in what appears to be a Garden of Eden from millions and millions of years ago. When the narrator explains that Billy cannot believe his eyes and it’s accompanied by an extreme close-up of Billy’s eyes, everyone in the audience laughs.

There’s another very funny moment when Ranger Rick points out a nearby active volcano to Billy and suggests they keep going, but the volcano suddenly erupts and he shouts “Too late!” They manage to escape the erupting volcano, but then they discover that lurking near the caves and open clearings is a tribe of cavemen that don’t look very friendly. Then they come across another mystery, another strange man who looks human and they wonder where he’s from and how he got there.

Another hilarious moment occurs when they discover what appears to be an abandoned cave in a clearing where they take refuge to organize their equipment and Ranger Rick uses his magnifying glass to light a fire. They start to explore what appears to be an abandoned city nearby until they hear a loud buzzing sound and realize they’ve walked into a giant beehive. Then comes the true test of how to survive when their cave is invaded by giant bees and they realize their safety is in jeopardy. They suddenly discover footprints which they follow that lead them out of the beehive and allow them to escape before the bees fill in all the holes with honey to suffocate them.

Ranger Rick and Billy continue to search for a way out of the Land of the Lost. One day they discover a diary in a cave along with a few personal belongings that helps provide a clue about the identity of the mysterious human who is stranded just like them in the Land of the Lost. They read the diary which tells them that 30 years ago an archaeologist and his wife were caught in an earthquake very similar to the one that trapped Billy and his dad. They too tried to find a way out but did not survive the many dangers of the savage land. Their infant son was raised by a caveman, although he knows he is different from the others that live in this prehistoric world. Like Ranger Rick and Billy, he is a man from the 20th century trapped in the Land of the Lost.

sid and marty krofftNext, Ranger Rick and Billy cross paths with a dangerous deep sea serpent in the Crystal Lagoon and they find high adventure traveling across the ice-bound wasteland of the fearsome, frozen plateau. Then they’re held captive by the savage cavemen. Finally, they meet their mysterious friend who helps them overcome the many hardships that they will encounter in the Land of the Lost. Then the video presentation ends.

Marty: This film is longer than the series.

Sid: May I say one thing. While I was watching it, do you know the original title we gave to this show was Lost? And then, it was Lost Land, and that didn’t look right to me and I switched it around. That’s where that title came from.

Marty: J.J. Abrams has been waiting for me to sue him. But he went to high school with my daughters so we left it alone.

Gore: With this presentation and all your work, it’s all about the ideas. Budget never got in the way of the fantastic ideas, and it’s so charming that we got to have volcanos, and this never stopped you. I think that is to be applauded and admired, especially by filmmakers who feel like they need money. You need big ideas and you guys always had them.

Marty: Chris, one thing I’ll tell you which you probably don’t know but we were like Paramount and Disney. We paid all the over budgets so everybody thinks we’re rich in cash but we’re up to our tail in puppets and sets. So, we survived. I think now is the time to open it up for the audience to ask questions from anybody up here including Chris.

Sid: And don’t be afraid to ask us some really heavy questions now that I’ve told you about the drugs.

The Q&A between the audience and the panel begins:

Are you guys familiar with Mr. Show? Did you see the parody they did of you guys?

Ssid marty krofft q&a comic conid: I loved it. I absolutely loved it.

Marty: He did, but I hated it. This was done on HBO and the Drugachusettes was the drug version of Pufnstuf. So Freddy the Flute was a smoke hype. It was all done in fun.

Where do some of these ideas come from – everything from Far Out Space Nuts which was a favorite of mine to Dr. Shrinker, and then Electra Woman and Dyna Girl? Where did those girls come from?

Sid: Dr. Shrinker was a movie in 1941 called Dr. Cyclops and that’s where I got the idea from.

Marty: We stole everything. Nothing is original.

Wesley Eure: Deidre Hall then came over to Days of Our Lives. In fact, I was shooting Land of the Lost and Deidre came over and she was doing Dyna Girl and she said she was auditioning for Days of Our Lives for [the role of] Marlena (Dr. Marlena Evans). She said “Would you help me with the audition?” So we worked on the audition. She came in and she got it.

Are the other series coming out on DVD like The Lost Saucer?

Marty: Yeah, they will be, but we’re doing it slowly because we’re making movies and that helps us with the sales. We just don’t want to put them out for the wrong reason, but we’re going to.

Will we see that presentation on a future DVD? Will we get to see some of the extras and behind the scenes stuff?

Sid: We try to put whatever we can find in our library.

David, are you the person who brought in all the sci-fi things like the inter-dimensional things and the pylons and all that?

Gerrold: I’ve never seen this before. What happened is Sid had a photo album and he walked me through the story and he said “Well, can you make it work?” I was a little full of myself and I said “Of course, I can make it work.” And then, I remembered something that Gene Roddenberry had done for the first season of Star Trek. He’d brought in science fiction writers and let them solve the problems. And so, I had this idea in my head that the Land of the Lost was this pocket universe and brought in Dorothy Fontana and Larry Niven, Ben Bowman, Norman Spinrad, Walter Kane (Koenig?), Theodore Sturgeon’s wife, Nina Sturgeon, but I know she was getting coached, and Margaret Armen from Star Trek and Dick Morgan who had worked on one of my favorite shows, Space Patrol. Over the different meetings, I said “Here’s where I think we should go,” and with all these science fiction writers having all this great input, I said, “Great, do it. You’ll make me look good.” And then, it was a collaborative effort. I said “Here’s what Sid and Marty started out with. How can we build this?” My secret plan was let’s do a show that has primetime quality that kids will watch on Saturday morning and that was the goal for the scripts.

Sid: We did Land of the Lost at NBC. The ratings are all different now because there are so many networks and stations. We were getting 8’s, 9’s and 10’s which would be in the top ten today in primetime, but then we were being compared to the ratings of The Six Million Dollar Man. Even though Pufnstuf is a legendary hit, this was the biggest one. This was the biggest success and we had the most episodes.

david gerrold comic conGerrold: I’m a writer and so this is how I feel about it. I personally feel that it was the quality of the writing. If you start out with great writers, then you’re going to get great episodes. So I’m very grateful to all of the great writers we had coming forward.

Wesley, when you were doing Land of the Lost, when you were filming it, what did you think was going to happen?

Eure: I didn’t know. It was such a surprise. I remember we filmed the first episode and they came back to us and said “You’re not scared enough.” And they made us reshoot it. If you ever watch the first episode, it’s a little overacted. I said (normal voice) “There’s a dinosaur, there’s a dinosaur!” And they said “No, no, no.” (screaming) “THERE’S A DINOSAUR!!! THERE”S A DINOSAUR!!!” I cringe every time I see the first episode. It was amazing. I love Star Trek. You know, Trouble With Tribbles? C’mon! You can’t get better than that!

Sid: I know there’s been a question about why the Sleestaks move so slow. The Sleestaks didn’t appear until the third show and the director came to me and said “There’s nowhere to run on this stage. What am I going to do? The stage is so tiny.” You know something, when we dream, and I dream every single night, as I assume most of you do, and when something frightens us, we become paralyzed and we can’t get away. So I said, “Let’s just move in slow motion. It’ll be like a dream.” And so that’s why they hardly move. It’s really because of the stage.

Marty: The difference between Sid and I is he dreams and I have nightmares.

Gore: You’re saying it’s overacted.

Eure: No, no, just the first episode.

Gore: All the ridiculous, fantastic, crazy stuff that happened, you took it so seriously. That’s why I think we all remember it and take it seriously. The film version, I don’t.

Eure: What they created was amazing. It was a story that at the heart of it was a family. We all loved each other. I’ve got to tell you, Kathy Coleman and Spencer Milligan, we all really liked each other. I still talk to Kathy and Philip Paley who played Cha-Ka, who just got married to his beautiful wife Marla. I just had lunch with him. This was real to us. We didn’t play it like it was a Saturday morning something kitchy. We wanted it to play real. I remember once Kathy couldn’t cry and she was trying to cry and she called me and I went over to her and she said “I can’t cry” and I said “Think of me dying.” She sobbed.

Marty: You just said something about the characters. With all television, the shows that are hits, if you look at them all, the actors make it happen. They’re likeable. It works. If Carroll O’Connor was in another show other than All In The Family, and played that character, it wouldn’t be a hit. Without that, everytime I see a show that fails, the cast has got a problem, at least for the most part.

sid krofftEure: You guys were the heart of Land of the Lost. It really was a family. I mean, the fact that the mother was missing, the fact that she would come and visit us…

Sid: We couldn’t afford her. Something that Marty has got to tell you about the dinosaurs, Gene Warren who did The Time Machine and won the Academy Award, he did the stop motion. We shot this show on tape and they shot this stop motion on film, and there was no way to marry the two together. We had every engineer on the planet working on it and we never really thought there would ever be a show. And we just couldn’t put it together and the engineers from Disney came over and one night we walked into the editing room and they had all these parts…

Marty: And they charged us $100,000. That’s Disney.

I just want to say thank you for giving me some great memories. Growing up, Pufnstuf was one of my favorites and Pling Play and Wichipoo. H.R. Pufnstuf was my favorite show as a kid. I remember so much of it even now. It’s still with me as my girls who are now 24 and 18 would know.

Sid: We want to thank you for bringing it with you this many years.

When Pufnstuf crinkled up his mouth, when he’d get worried, how did you do that?

Sid: The puppeteer that was in there had his hand in there and he did that.

With Land of the Lost, do you have a favorite moment or episode that you thought was really the best?

Sid: I love when the Sleestaks appeared in the third show because that’s what really caught the audience. After that third show, our ratings went through the ceiling. That’s what the kids hooked onto.

Marty: I liked Judy Garland and the dog in The Wizard of Oz.

Gerrold: My favorite moment is the story I didn’t get to do called The Littlest Sleestak and that’s where Will and Holly had a Sleestak egg and they had this baby Sleestak and the Sleestak were really pissed off about it. But the NBC Vice President said “No, you’re not going to show how baby Sleestaks are made.”

Eure: My favorite was Kathy and I did a scene where our mother reappeared in the mist and she really started crying. We really got into it. After the scene was over, I held her and it was really kind of wonderful. She was a wonderful actress.

For most of your shows, I can imagine the creative process, how you came up with the story, and how you might pitch it. Can you please explain Lidsville?

Marty: The real question that we have for you is, you explain it.

I can’t. I’ve been trying for 30 years.

In Land of the Lost, are they supposed to get home or are they supposed to stay lost?

Marty: No. They’re supposed to come to Comic-Con.

You mentioned how the cast was so much a part of the show’s success and you had several series of stock actors, were there any that stood out as really wonderful people? Were there any particular troublemakers on the set?

Sid: No, everybody.

Marty: All of them.

Sid: All these great family, we were cool people for them to work for. I’ve been in show business my whole life so I really understood it and [wanted] to take good care of our cast. Let me ask something. Did Tom DeSanto come here today? [Tom DeSanto comes forward form the audience] Tom, please say something to everybody. (to the audience) Do you know who this man is? X-Men, Transformers. This is the producer and the writer of the greatest movies of all time. Tom, please say something.

Tom DeSanto: These gentlemen have their thumbprint on my mind and my resume. I just want to say it’s great to see the kindred spirits in this room. We’re all built from the same soul and thank you both and all of you.

Sid: We have to ask you a question.

DeSanto: Yes, sir.

Marty: You don’t know this, but you’re doing our next movie. You should’ve never been here.

DeSanto: The masters have spoken.

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