Podcast: Find out why Martin Short was the Cheap Amigo
Martin Short. It's hard to imagine the '80s without him. He began the decade a guest star ("passenger") on TV's Love Boat. Moved to do some great work on SCTV and Saturday Night Live. Then cranked out a couple of movies that we still adore today: Three Amigos and Innerspace.
If Hollywood has ignored his '80s flicks in their current remake mania, it's not because of a lack of enthusiasm on Marty's part. He'd love to see a remake wave, starting with Three Amigos.
"It was the beginning of a style of film that continues: an absurdist film for just pure comedy," told Stuck in the '80s. I remember Chevy (Chase), Steve (Martin) and I were promoting it on the Today show, and Bryant Gumbel said, "What would you say if someone said this is a 'silly' movie?" And he spit the word out. And Steve Martin said, "Well, that depends on how you say the word 'silly.'" Steve is an absurdist guy. ... The Three Amigos script, with the Invisible Horseman and all these strange things, was his sense of humor. It was a fun shoot, but it was daunting. They were big movie stars. I was the cheap amigo."
Marty was our special guest on this week's podcast. Listen to the full interview by downloading the show for free.