An Interview with Stephen Tobolowsky, star of “Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party”
BY KEVIN CARR
Stephen Tobolowsky is a the veteran character actor who has appeared in more than 100 films and more than 150 television shows. Kevin discusses Stephen’s film “Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party,” an assortment of strange tales from his life. Listen to the audio file to hear the brand new, exclusive story of Stephen’s research into his role as a KKK leader in the film “Mississippi Burning.” Excepts from the interview follow.
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7M: HOW DID THIS MOVIE COME TO BE?
About seventeen years ago, I was standing in a kitchen, drinking a beer, telling stories from my life. And a whole bunch of my friends and coworkers were standing around laughing a lot. And a German friend of mine, Robert Brinkmann, who’s the cinematographer said, “You know what would be funny? If we did a film with you in your living room telling these stories.” And I thought, “Yeah, that sounds really great, like paint drying or grass growing.”
We kinda forgot about it, but it set the wheels in motion. About two years ago, Robert and I both had nothing to do, and he called me around Halloween, and he said, “Remember that idea we talked about like over a decade ago? Do you have time to do it now?”
We cobbled together this loose collection of stories from my life. The stories had to be true and they had to happen to me.