|Norman Lloyd (Dr. Daniel Auschlander) discusses his long|
career and his time on St. Elsewhere.
The following clips from YouTube are excerpts from this full version.
Here, Lloyd discusses how he was cast on St. Elsewhere as Dr. Daniel Auschlander, the New York doctor with liver cancer who was originally hired only for the first four episodes. But his popularity led to the "longest remission on record."
In this clip, Lloyd gives an overview of his character, a Jewish agnostic with a sordid romantic past.
In this one, he discusses St. Elsewhere's shooting style. St. Elsewhere employed handheld cameras and long, sweeping shots that moved through the hallways and in and out of rooms. He gives high praise to the quality of the ensemble of actors with whom he worked.
He discusses working with Ed Flanders around the 9:00 mark of the full version, and says there was no better actor in America than Flanders. But despite his recognition and critical acclaim, Flanders lamented that he wasn't a bigger star, among his other "devils." Lloyd says those devils made him such a fascinating actor.
I recommend checking out the full version. There's a lot of good stuff in there that the short clips leave out, including discussions of particular episodes, including "Hearing", where Daniel gets stoned in an attempt to treat his chemotherapy side effects. There was a version written that the network forbade in which Wayne and Luther show Daniel how to roll a joint.
|Norman Lloyd in Hitchcock's Saboteur.|
Photo from "Norman Lloyd has Stories... and Stories and Stories",
from the LA Stage Times.
Lloyd says that he didn't like the way the series ended. He thought it was a "cheat," and that the snow globe at the end was stolen from Citizen Kane. But he went along with it, and acknowledges that some people think it's a brilliant ending.
Lloyd discusses his friendship with Charlie Chaplin and his appearance in Limelight (1952), Chaplin's last film made in the US. At one point, Lloyd and Chaplin, both rabid tennis fans, would play each other four times a week.