Henry Winkler is a man of many talents. Most widely known for his acting resume (Happy Days, The Waterboy), Winkler has also doubled as director, producer, children’s novelist, amateur photographer and even – fly fisherman. In this weekend’s Here Comes The Boom, he adds another notch to his tally: composer. Winkler costars in the picture as Marty Streb, the idealistic music teacher of a flailing high school. When the school is forced to cut its budget, Marty’s job is put into jeopardy and his continued employment rests on the slovenly shoulders of a disgruntled co-teacher (Kevin James). Winkler injects Marty with a real wide-eyed sense of innocence and warm-hearted genteelness. In the actor’s hands, Marty’s bizarre behavior not only feels real, but more so – earned. Even more impressive than the performance: Winkler conducted the film’s own musical set pieces himself.
In the following interview with Henry Winkler, he discusses his newfound job as conductor, his penchant for amateur photography and his role on the new season of Arrested Development. For the full interview, hit the jump.
Henry Winkler Time Index:
- 00:00 – Winkler discusses his background in conducting.
- 01:10 – What is conducting 60+ children like?
- 01:44 – What is it about working with children and/or about children (his novels) that interests Winkler?
- 02:33 – Winkler discusses his background in amateur photography and his favorite shot during the making of Here Comes The Boom.
- 03:27 – Winkler discusses how prominent a role he’ll have during the new season of Arrested Development.