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Actor Shane West Talks Series “Salem” in Studio – 6/4/15

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THIS MAN HAS BEEN IN MOVIES,
CIDER HOUSE RULES, A WALK TO
REMEMBER.
A MAN WHO GREW UP IN BATON
ROUGE, LOUISIANA AND HIS TV SHOW
"SALEM" CAN BE SEEN ON WGN.
AT "THE RICH EISEN SHOW."
GOOD TO SEE YOU.
HOW ARE YOU?
>> DOING GOOD.
>> DID YOU GET A CHANCE TO SEE
JIM BROWN BEFORE YOU LEFT?
>> NOT TO MEET HIM IN PERSON.
NO.
THAT'S A SHAME.
SUCH A LEGEND.
>> THAT'S THE GOAT RIGHT THERE.
>> I KNOW.
I SAW YESTERDAY THAT HE WAS
GOING TO BE ON THE SHOW AND WHEN
WE GET WHISKED IN HERE, DIDN'T
REALLY HAVE THE TIME.
I THINK THEY WHISKED HIM AWAY
BEFORE I HAD A CHANCE.
>> THAT'S WHAT WE DO.
WE WHISK.
WE DO.
THERE'S A LOT OF WHISKING HERE.
SO YOU ARE A SAINTS FAN.
THAT GOES WITHOUT SAYING,
CORRECT?
>> I HAVE TO BE.
>> YOU'RE BORN INTO IT THERE?
>> YOU'RE BORN INTO IT.
FOR SO MANY YEARS, PROBABLY THE
ENTIRE FRANCHISE, YOU'RE BORN
INTO IT WHETHER YOU WANTED TO BE
OR NOT.
WHETHER IT WAS THE AIN'TS OR
WHATEVER IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN.
I'VE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE THEY
TURNED THAT ENTIRE PROGRAM
AROUND.
>> YEAH.
SEAN PAYTON, DREW BREES.
WERE YOU SURPRISED THAT JIMMY
GRAHAM GOT TRADED AWAY?
WAS THAT SOMETHING THAT SHOCKED
YOU?
>> IN THIS DAY AND AGE, NO.
BUT I'M REALLY, I HAVE BEEN A
FAN OF PAYTON, BEEN A FAN OF
LOOMIS, BEEN A FAN OF THE
ORGANIZATION AND HOW THEY'RE
HANDLING THINGS.
UNTIL I FIGURED OUT WHAT WE WERE
GOING TO GET IN THE DRAFT, IF
UNGER WAS HURT OR NOT HURT,
WHATEVER WE WERE GOING TO GET
FOR THAT DOWN THE ROAD, I WAS
AFRAID TO GET UPSET UNTIL WE SEE
HOW THE FUTURE PLAYS OUT.
>> LOOMIS' ROLES ARE EXPANDING
NOW.
WHEN THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT
HIRING ALVIN GENTRY AS COACH OF
THE PELICANS, I READ IN THE
PAPER THAT LOOMIS WAS INVOLVED
IN THE CONVERSATIONS BECAUSE
HE'S TOM BENSON'S GUY FOR THE
PELICANS, TOO, JUST LIKE OH,
THAT'S RIGHT.
>> TAKING OVER THAT CITY.
THAT'S RIGHT.
>> THAT SORT OF SQUARE BLOCK
WHERE EVERYTHING IS IN DOWNTOWN
NEW ORLEANS.
>> HERE'S THE THING.
I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A SAINTS
GAME.
I WANTED TO GO.
>> IS THAT RIGHT?
>> NEVER BEEN.
>> YOU GREW UP IN BATON ROUGE†--
>> WHICH IS AN HOUR, HOUR AND A
HALF AWAY.
>> YOU HAVE NEVER GONE?
>> NO.
>> HAVE YOU EVER BEEN INSIDE THE
SUPERDOME AT ALL?
>> NO.
>> NO KIDDING.
>> BUT I WALKED AROUND IT, HAVE
DRIVEN BY IT A MILLION TIMES.
I THINK WE USED THEIR PARKING A
MILLION TIMES.
IN A WAY, YOU HAVE TO.
I HAVE ONLY BEEN TO TWO
PROFESSIONAL NFL OR TWO NFL
GAMES EVER.
THEY WERE NOT IN THE UNITED
STATES.
>> OKAY.
>> I HAVE SEEN THREE BUFFALO
BILLS HOME GAMES IN TORONTO WHEN
I WAS WORKING ON NIKITA IN
TORONTO FOR FOUR YEARS.
>> I WAS ABOUT TO INFORM YOU
THAT BUFFALO IS PART OF THE
UNITED STATES.
>> I WENT TO THEIR HOME GAMES IN
TORONTO.
YEAH.
>> ROGERS CENTER?
>> THAT'S RIGHT.
AND WENT TO WEMBLEY STADIUM.
>> THE FALCONS AND THE LIONS.
>> WHICH WAS A GOOD GAME.
>> IT WAS A BLOWOUT, THEN NOT SO
MUCH.
>> I HAD NEVER BEEN TO WEMBLEY
STADIUM.
THOSE ARE MY ONLY NFL
EXPERIENCES.
I HAVE BEEN A HUGE FOOTBALL FAN
ALL MY LIFE.
>> I HAVE BEEN WITH THE NFL
NETWORK SINCE 2003 AND I HAVE
NEVER SEEN A FOOTBALL GAME
OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES.
IF YOU COMBINE OUR EXPERIENCES,
WE ARE THE GREATEST NFL FANS IN
THE HISTORY OF FOOTBALL.
WITH SHANE WEST OF THE TV SHOW
"SALEM" ON WGN SUNDAYS AT 10:00
P.M.
THAT'S IN THE SECOND SEASON.
I WILL ASK YOU ABOUT THAT IN A
MOMENT.
THAT MEANS YOU ARE A BIG LES
MILES GUY OR NOT?
THE MAD HATTER YOUR TYPE OF GUY?
>> HE'S MY TYPE OF GUY.
>> HE'S NUTTY.
>> YES, ABSOLUTELY.
LSU, THAT'S, ONE OF THE GREAT
THINGS WE HAVE IN THE STATE OF
LOUISIANA, WE DON'T REALLY HAVE
THAT IN-STATE RIVALRY.
WE DON'T HAVE OLE MISS VERSUS
MISSISSIPPI STATE OR AUBURN
AGAINST ALABAMA.
IT'S KIND OF LSU OR BUST.
LSU/TULANE ISN'T THE BIGGEST
RIVALRY IN THE WORLD.
YOU KIND OF ROOT FOR LSU
PREDOMINANTLY IN THE STATE OF
LOUISIANA BUT YOU CAN ROOT FOR
LA TECH AND TULANE.
YOU ARE KIND OF ALL ON BOARD.
I ENJOY THAT.
WE LOVED NICK SABAN, OF COURSE.
THAT WAS NOT A GOOD ENDING.
EVERYBODY'S HAPPY WITH MILES TO
AN EXTENT.
WE GOT A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
WE NEED TO SEE IF WE CAN GET
ANOTHER ONE.
WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT THAT
QUARTERBACK SITUATION.
>> THEY ARE SENDING SOME SERIOUS
PROFESSIONALS TO THE NATIONAL
FOOTBALL LEAGUE WITH PATRICK
PETERSON.
YOU HAVE BECKHAM, LANDRY, ALL OF
THESE GUYS.
IT MAKES YOU THINK HOW IN THE
WORLD AREN'T THEY WINNING A
CHAMPIONSHIP EVERY YEAR.
>> THAT GOES ALSO TO THE THING
IS THE RECRUITING PROCESS TOP
NOTCH.
CLEARLY WE ARE GETTING THESE
WONDERFUL ATHLETES BUT WHY IS IT
DIFFICULT WITH SUCH A DOMINANT
DEFENSE OVER THE YEARS THAT WE
CAN'T FIND THAT QUARTERBACK THAT
CAN†-- THE ULTIMATE QUARTERBACK,
SO TO SPEAK.
>> LET'S TALK "SALEM" WHICH
SHOOTS IN LOUISIANA?
>> THAT'S RIGHT.
SHREVEPORT.
>> THAT'S WHERE A LOT OF I THINK
PITCH PERFECT 2 SHOT IN
SHREVEPORT.
EVERYBODY IS GOING TO
SHREVEPORT.
>> THAT'S WHERE LSU, BRANDON
HARRIS, ONE OF THE STARTING
QUARTERBACKS, IS FROM MOZIER
CITY.
THERE'S A LOT COMING FROM
SHREVEPORT.
>> THAT'S NEAT.
YOU'RE GOING BACK TO YOUR HOME
STATE TO SHOOT THIS TV SHOW.
>> FIRST TIME.
FIRST TIME.
I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR ABOUT
15 YEARS.
I HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO FILM
IN LOUISIANA.
IT WAS KIND OF A RUNNING JOKE
BETWEEN MY FAMILY THAT THAT WAS
NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN.
NOW IT FINALLY D.
>> SO WHAT ABOUT THIS SHOW THAT
YOU REALLY LIKE?
>> THE WORLD OF SUPER NATURAL
AND HORROR AND THRILLER.
I HAVE WATCHED FILMS LIKE THAT
BUT HAVE NEVER BEEN PART OF.
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME.
BEING ABLE TO DO IT NEAR MY
HOMETOWN, STILL FOUR HOUR DRIVE
AWAY, BUT NEAR MY HOME IS KIND
OF A DREAM COME TRUE.
I WASN'T SURE I WANTED TO GO
INTO ANOTHER SERIES BUT I
COULDN'T SAY NO TO PLAYING THIS
TYPE OF CHARACTER, THIS
ESSENTIALLY, THE FIRST ALL
AMERICAN HERO IN THE COLONIES.
TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THIS AWESOME
HORROR ELEMENT TO IT JUST KIND
OF MAKES YOU LIKE A KID AGAIN
EVERY DAY ON SET.
>> SO YOU'RE ON WGN.
A SUPER STATION SO TO SPEAK.
I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT YOU ARE AN
ATLANTA BRAVES FAN.
>> I AM.
>> I'M TRYING TO PUT TWO AND TWO
TOGETHER HERE.
BECAUSE MARSHALL FAULK IS FROM
YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS.
>> YES.
>> HE'S A NEW ORLEANS GUY.
AND HE'S A BRAVES FAN BECAUSE
THERE WAS NO BASEBALL TEAM IN
TOWN AND THE TBS SUPER STATION,
HE BECAME A BRAVES FAN BECAUSE
OF THAT.
>> THAT'S EXACTLY HOW IT
HAPPENED FOR ME.
YOU DIDN'T HAVE MUCH CHOICE.
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE STATE OF
LOUISIANA GET A BASEBALL TEAM.
I THINK THEY WOULD ENJOY IT BUT
WE HAD NO CHOICE.
IT WAS THE ASTROS OR ATLANTA
BRAVES AT THE TIME.
I DON'T KNOW WHY NO ONE TALKED
ABOUT THE x THE RANGERS AT THE
TIME.
IT WAS THE BRAVES OR THE ASTROS.
I CHOSE THE BRAVES.
THEY WERE IN DEAD LAST PLACE AND
I GOT TO ROOT FOR THEM AND NO
ONE HELPED ME ROOT THEM ON UNTIL
'91.
THEY CHANGED EVERYBODY AROUND.
>> WHERE IS YOUR LOUISIANA
ACCENT?
>> IT COMES BACK WHEN I GO BACK.
IT ACTUALLY PROBABLY MADE TIMES
FILMING ON "SALEM" A PROBLEM.
I LEFT WHEN I WAS IN LIKE FIFTH
GRADE.
MY FAMILY'S STILL THERE.
MY DAD, MY GRANDPARENTS, MY
LITTLE SISTER.
>> DO THEY HAVE THE ACCENT?
>> THEY HAVE A PRETTY THICK
ACCENT.
IT COMES AND GOES.
IT'S MAINLY JUST MUMBLING.
A LOT OF TIMES IT'S JUST PUTTING
THINGS TOGETHER.
DIDN'T JEFF FOXWORTHY DO A WHOLE
THING ON PUTTING AN ENTIRE
SENTENCE TOGETHER INTO ONE WORD?
I THINK IT'S A BEAUTIFUL LAZY
WAY OF SPEAKING.
I LOVE IT.
BUT IT TAKES ME AWHILE TO GET
BACK INTO IT.
>> YOU CAN'T JUST SNAP YOUR
FINGERS†--
>> NO, NO.
IF IT'S AROUND ME, I CAN SOUND
LIKE THAT.
>> I'M FROM NEW YORK CITY.
WHEN I STARTED DOING THIS JOB,
FIRST AND FOREMOST IN A LOCAL
MARKET UP IN REDDING,
CALIFORNIA, ABOUT 12 HOURS NORTH
OF HERE, I WOULD SAY THE WORD
TOURNAMENT.
NCAA TOURNAMENT.
I HAD PEOPLE SAYING YOU CAN'T
CALL IT A TOURNAMENT.
I'M LIKE THAT'S WHAT, YOU KNOW,
I GREW UP†-- IT'S TOURNAMENT.
I HAD TO SORT OF DE-NEW YORKIFY
MY VOICE.
>> TOURNAMENT.
I KIND OF LIKE HEARING IT AS
TOURNAMENT.
>> I HAD TO STOP DOING THAT.
BUT SNAP OF A FINGER, CUT ME OFF
IN TRAFFIC, IT'S THERE.
>> IT'S BACK.
>> OH, YES.
I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S ANY
MOMENT LIKE THAT FOR YOU.
>> YEAH, ANGER SEEMS TO GET IT
BACK.
I THINK THAT MIGHT BE A COMMON
THREAD.
I THINK WHEN YOU LET EVERYTHING
LOOSE AND YOU KIND OF GO AFTER
IT.
I THINK, YOU KNOW, IT'S A
VERY†-- I THINK IT'S YOUR
SURROUNDINGS.
DOES IT WORK FOR YOU WHEN YOU GO
BACK HOME?
>> OH, SURE.
IT'S LIKE SLIPPING INTO AN OLD
SHOE.
LIKE RIDING A BIKE.
YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING?
IT'S LIKE RICHIE FROM THE
NEIGHBORHOOD.
I MAKE IT SOUND LIKE I GREW UP
IN A BRONX TALE.
I GREW UP IN STATEN ISLAND.
SHANE WEST, WGN'S "SALEM."
IT AIRS SUNDAYS AT 10:00 P.M.
THANK YOU FOR COMING IN.
>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.
>> COME BACK DURING THE SEASON.
WE WILL TALK SAINTS FOOTBALL.
SHANE WEST IS HERE ON "THE RICH
EISEN SHOW."