From meetings with his managers, to hanging out with his old friends in San Fernando where he grew up, to life with his teenage daughter in his mansion and dating after divorce, Lopez offers a glimpse, albeit a fictionalized one, into his life more than anything else he’s done. “My true personality traits are not what people would expect. Because of the way that Troy Miller shot them, it's always moving. How realistic is the conversation with your representatives about all the social media demands and all the different accounts you have to maintain now? They don't know that much about me, so there’s still a lot I can show.” Lopez, who says he’d love to keep this gig for four or five years, spoke with Vulture about the time he threatened his neighbor to "put a Mexican in the trees," Snoop Dogg’s slow work process, and why he’s dredging up humiliating moments in his own life. Well, I like TV more than I like doing movies because in the movies there's so much waiting around. On Saint George, I learned a little about how different it was than multi-camera.
I mean, you're gonna pass right by it." I didn't stop. He told me, "I'm disappointed in you." That's how he started the conversation.
”] “I don’t know.” And then he gets on the phone and he goes, "Hey, she said you're gonna go by the house." I said, "Oh no, I didn't say I was gonna go by the house." He goes, "I think it'd be great if you went by the house." I was like, "I don't know if I can go." And he goes, "Well, here's the address just in case. And then my neighbor with the trees [on the show], it was the same thing.
“Lopez,” a 1/2 hour comedy starring and executive produced by renowned stand-up comedian and actor George Lopez will premiere on TV Land in 2016.
In the pilot of George Lopez’s new TV Land comedy, Lopez, he is asked: “Do you ever do anything without your name in the title? Angelenos will get a kick out of seeing former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa getting confused for a valet parker — by you! About a year ago, we shot a production pilot and he was in it and then he did it again this time. The first one he was good too, but when he says pendejo [slang for dumbass] both times, it is really funny. And then I called him and I went out to dinner with him and I nailed it down. That actually happened to me a couple times so I decided to put it in. So if you're gonna be honest, then use it to be honest. When you were thinking about the show, were you thinking it would work better on cable? There's not a lot of places on network TV, and I don't think network TV is the first option anymore, you know? And with being able to watch it on an app, on your phone, it's ridiculous. It hasn’t been that long since your show was on ABC. I'm more playing me than I was playing an actor playing me.
” The answer is a resounding no, but Lopez is aware he can’t keep it up forever. Like it was in 2001, when I was doing the first show. Even the DVR looks dated when you can have it on your phone and you can watch it at any time. You just want to go where they let you do your stuff. It's got Jim Gaffigan, and it's got Hilary Duff's Younger.
“We are running out,” he told Vulture during a phone interview. ”Lopez is the comedian’s third show since ABC cancelled George Lopez in 2007, the first Latino program to have a syndicated afterlife. You're shooting some of it where you grew up in San Fernando. To be able to go back to the neighborhood and have some guys there that remind you of where you came from, and then you have scenes with the manager and the consultant telling you where you're at now, I think it's a great place to be stuck in the middle of. So they're trying to change the vibe of it, get less sitcom-y and more into the single-camera thing.
Although all of his work is autobiographical — on his ABC sitcom he explored his tormented relationship with the grandmother who raised him, and on FX’s is more about people and character than themes or ideas. How do you find the single-camera format as an actor? You know what, I liked it because they're almost like 12 little movies. There's not really a lot of sitting around and talking.
But when you have a show, then the clips go out and somebody will say, "I'll give it one season and then it will be cancelled like your other ones." And I'm not complaining! There was a joke about divorcing your wife after she donated her kidney to you, and that time you passed out on a casino floor. Well, it's all on public record, but it's never come from me. Almost anybody can be on TV, which is gacho [messed up]. Rescuing the dog and then have the dog not connect to you is real, too. My daughter and my ex-wife, they don't mind all the trappings that come with success.
I think it's destructive because it gives people 24-hour access to be negative. That's when I know that I'm doing better than I was doing before, when it's more negative than it had been. Because when you're not doing anything, nobody is really connected to you because people follow so many different people. I was at a Christmas party in Bel Air and he said, "Hey, can you talk to my housekeeper? Just waiting there." Some of the jokes poke fun at some deeply personal things. And then in TV, from five channels to cable, HBO, On Demand, to all this now.
They're in my yard." "Yeah, but your workers had to come in my yard to trash it." I said, “I don't think so." And he goes, "Well." And I said, "Listen, if you think you have a problem, then just get a lawyer and we'll work it out that way.” And then I told him, "Hey, listen, one more word about these fucking trees and I'll put a Mexican in the trees every day. From the record to the eight-track to the cassette to the disc to nothing.
” “Mis nińos son fanáticos.” [My kids are your biggest fans]. "I'm disappointed that you would cut the trees without talking to me first.” And I was like, "Why would I talk to you? And so much has happened in the time that I've been alive.