So far, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory is doing pretty well in the ratings, considering the minimal hype it gets from the media.  While part of what makes the sitcom a hit are the witty dialogue, funny situations and comical characters, cast member Johnny Galecki reveals that the cast’s enjoyable experiences, which easily render onscreen, also contribute to the success of the series.

“I’m feeling very fortunate.  I love this group of people.  We’re having a fantastic time over there.  They’ve really made having fun a priority, and I think that’s coming across… I’ve had to think of some horrible, dark and fiercely nasty things in those moments.  We’re having so much fun, it’s hard not to break sometimes,” he told TV Guide.

Galecki, whose credits include My Boys, Vanilla Sky and Roseanne, stars as Leonard Hofstadter on The Big Bang Theory.  He plays a physicist who understands how the universe works, but doesn’t have a clue when it comes to relationships and women until he and his best friend Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) meet an attractive woman in the form of their pretty new neighbor, Penny (Kaley Cuoco).

When asked if he can relate to his TV character, Galecki said, “Definitely.  I was a huge theater geek growing up, and that was not the easiest thing in the world, especially growing up in Chicago, where sports are really the norm.  I was always off to the theater at night, from 7 years old on. Friends there in the Midwest who could talk to you about the idiosyncrasies of Pippin were few and far between.  That’s what I love about the script; it’s about feeling like an outsider and getting frustrated by being misunderstood.”

This is also part of the reason why he did not hesitate to play a geek.

“These characters have a real passion for physics and science and numbers, so much so that they love immersing themselves in that world.  When you are like that, you can miss out on a lot of life experience, and I like the idea of my character wanting to change a little bit.  He has this nagging feeling that maybe the rest of the world is having a fuller life than he is.  That’s the great thing about doing a series, if you’re lucky enough for it to last, that you get to explore this individual in so many different environments and situations.  I love that [Leonard and Sheldon] have this passion.  That’s why they’re likable characters,” he said.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: TV Guide
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Kris De Leon

Staff Writer, BuddyTV