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By Bob Andelman
Mr. Media® Radio Network • Email • Twitter • Facebook • LinkedIn • YouTube • Free Mr. Media iPhone/Android App • StitcherWhen “Smash” returns for its sophomore season on NBC this fall, don’t be surprised if it hasn’t been renamed “Smash: All About Ellis.”
Seriously, is there any story twist on this wild Broadway musical dramedy that wouldn’t show the fingerprints of Ellis? If only the Great White Way Police knew what we, the loyal viewers, knew of his wildly manipulative behavior!
JAIME CEPERO audio excerpt: “When I auditioned, the producers of Smash wanted to see another side of me as an actor, so they wrote the scene that happens between me and Debra in episode three where I take her notebook and start talking back to her. What led to my final callback was that I could be this two-faced, snake-in-the-grass.”
You can LISTEN to this interview with actor JAIME CEPERO, star of NBC’s SMASH, by clicking the audio player above!
Ellis—played with great promiscuity and a complete lack of ethics by my guest today, Jaime Cepero—has turned out to be the audience representative on the show’s set. In other words, if a plot twist needs to be moved along a little quicker, there’s no better move than injecting Ellis into the scene. If he’s not lurking around the corner, behind the door or under the risers, stealing or hiding valuable documents, you know it won’t be long before he affects a plot’s trajectory.
This is Jaime Cepero’s second appearance on Mr. Media in two months. When he was first here, only he knew what a raucous ride we were all in for. And now that we’re all in on what a calculating little shit his character is, we can only stand back in awe and applaud the sudden impact this once little known actor has made on Monday nights at 10 p.m.
MORE Mr. MEDIA INTERVIEWS WITH THE CAST OF SMASH!
• Christian Borle (Tom Levitt, February 13, 2012)
• Brian d’Arcy James (Frank Houston, February 6, 2012)
• Will Chase (Joe DiMaggio, March 5, 2012)
Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 12 books, including Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).