POPsessions: George Lopez Gets Candid About That Drunk Run-In and Crushing on Joan Rivers
It's the same deal Charlie Sheen got for "Anger Management"... and that's not all Lopez and Sheen have in common.George Lopez returns to TV with "Saint George" Thursday night, the latest FX sitcom to get a 10/90 order — meaning if the first 10 episodes do well in the ratings, it'll automatically get picked up for 90 more episodes, a feat for any show.
"We were supposed to talk last week, weren't we?," Lopez said with a laugh when Yahoo TV caught up with him Wednesday. Shocked that he'd bring up his recent run-in with the law, we pressed to see how he was doing, and the jokes kept coming. "I'm doing better than I was last week! I could've probably done the interview then, but I had a little bit of a hangover."
Sheen was (OK, is) also notorious for getting into very public trouble right around the time FX ordered "Anger Management," but Lopez swears it's not a job requirement, nor was it planned "publicity" to launch the new show. "You know, if it had been calculated, I might've ended up in another pose rather than with my shirt up, laying on the ground."
But Lopez defended those comparisons to Sheen. "I've known Charlie for a long time, and Charlie's an exception to all of it. He's been famous a long time, and I don't particularly want to talk about Charlie in that way, but with respect to that stuff, I understand. It's a powerful business. It's a business of non-truths. You know, people lie about their age, and you go on an audition and people say, 'Oh have you ever ridden a horse?' And you're like, 'Yeah, I can ride a horse!' It's all untruths. I lived the life of non-truth, and to be able to be honest at my age and finally find it … Listen, I'm not a perfect person, but honesty, especially in regard to what happened last week, has been the best policy."
His honesty extended to our POPsessions quiz, where he admitted to crushing on Joan Rivers, crying at "Vision Quest," and belting out "All By Myself." He also revealed that although he's worked with or interviewed almost everyone in the business, there's still one person he's dreaming to have costar on "Saint George." "When we get the back 90 [laughs]… ever since I did the first show ["George Lopez"], I've always wanted Salma Hayek. If this show gets another 90 episodes, Salma Hayek has to come on. I have to complete that circle. I would like to marry Salma Hayek in my 100th episode."
1. What was the first movie you ever saw? The first movie that I ever went to go see was a Burt Reynolds movie called "Skin Game," and it had nudity in it and we were probably 13. My buddy's dad took us – it was "Skin Game" and "Lady in Cement" and they both had nudity in them. We flipped out. It had a woman dancing in a club with a dollar bill kind of superimposed on the wall and her nipples were the eyes of the president and they would move. Not that I remember anything! [Laughs.]