Irwin Allen's Lost in Space: The Authorized Biography of a Classic Sci-Fi Series, Volume 2 by Marc Cushman

Irwin Allen's Lost in Space: The Authorized Biography of a Classic Sci-Fi Series, Volume 2 by Marc Cushman

Author:Marc Cushman [Cushman, Marc]
Language: eng
Format: azw3
Publisher: Jacobs Brown Press
Published: 2017-07-15T16:00:00+00:00

All eyes are on Irwin Allen as he gives direction to the cast ... except for Guy Williams, who apparently wishes to be anywhere in space but here.

And therefore it was the hands-on Irwin Allen who had to deal with Guy Williams’ growing discontent. As the leader of the Robinson expedition, father of the family, and top-billed star of the series, Williams was also aware of the unhappiness felt by Lockhart, Goddard and Kristen.

Mark Goddard told interviewer Tom Weaver, “With Lost in Space, there was tension all the time. There was tension with the cinematographer, there was tension with the writers coming down, there was always something going on. Tension with the actors; tension with the directors. Always tension. And, you know what they say, ‘The fish stinks from the head.’ This isn’t fair to say because Irwin is dead and he can’t defend himself, but I think that his kind of perfection, what he wanted and the way he wanted it – his very cold manner with everyone – this permeated right from him to the writers, to the directors, to the cast, to the crew. You could sense that.

“That was the three years on Lost in Space for me. ‘Is this show good enough?’ ‘Is it getting the ratings?’ And the cast was worried, ‘Is this laughable?’ Especially after Star Trek came on – ‘Can we compete with this kind of a show?’ Then we went up against Batman and that hit us – they got good ratings and we didn’t, although, we did come back later. ‘Batman’s a real camp show; we’re not a camp show. Are we a real show? We’re not a real show like Star Trek and we’re not a camp show like Batman.’ Tension! We didn’t know where we fit; we hadn’t found our identity. An identity came near the end, when finally it was Smith and the Robot doing silly things, and that’s what the show became. But that’s not what it set out to be. I always wanted to do a comedy, but I never knew that I was in a comedy. One day I said, ‘Hey, I’ve been doin’ all this Method stuff – I didn’t know we were doin’ a comedy here!’” (MG-SL93)

Bill Mumy told interviewers Bill Cotter and Mike Clark, “Irwin sat apart in his building. People used to storm off and talk to Irwin all the time. ‘I’m going to talk to Irwin!’” (BM-SL91a)

Marta Kristen said, “June and Guy were always sort of battling Irwin for one reason or another. And I would go to Irwin and say, ‘You have to do more for me.’ And he would promise me that he would. And Mark would always tease me, saying that before I went to speak to Irwin, all I’d have would be a scene with Judy coming out of the spaceship and saying, ‘Will? Will?!’ And the week after I’d talk to Irwin, Judy would come out of the spaceship and say, ‘Will? Penny? Will?! Penny?!’ And that was it! It became a formula, and there was nothing I could do.


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