As the actor suns in Netflixs brand-new slapstick Like Father he discusses the difficulties involved in fatherhood, Frasier reboot rumors and his thoughts on Roseanne
Kelsey Grammer seems like a guy who has a grip on his excitements. Not only did he dedicate 20 years to playing therapist Frasier Crane, but the renown that followed forced him to steer the toughest minutes of his life in public.
He’s spent decades talking about tragedy: the separate carnages of “his fathers”, Frank, and sister, Karen; the scuba diving collision that killed his twin half-brothers; his fights with alcohol and cocaine addiction; and his three ex-wives and complex custody arrangements. At 63 and happily married to fourth bride Kayte Walsh, with whom he has three young kids drawing the grandiose total of the Grammer brood to seven, the veteran actor has the solidity of a stone that knows it can weather a toppling breath. Still, when Grammer firstly met with Like Father writer-director Lauren Miller Rogen to discuss the part of Harry Hamilton, a workaholic papa who reconnects with the adult daughter he trenched when she was five years old, he began to cry.
” It’s remarkable how similar to my working life it really is ,” says Grammer. His second oldest daughter, the actor Greer Grammer, was born outside marriage months before he chose to marry a different woman.
” We wasted years without certainly being in touch ,” declares Grammer. While he focused on his occupation, Greer changed into a lovely, busy blonde just a few years younger than Harry’s fictional daughter Rachel, giving full play to Kristen Bell. He’s worked hard to rebuild their relationship.” When I read it I visualized, this is something I care about ,” he says.” Now, we’re very close, which is something I suspect I brought to the role .”
After that, actually obliging the movie was easier. Like Father is a screwball romantic humor powered by paternal adore. The daughter he has to win over is his child or children. It opens with an agonizing meet-cute when Harry startles Rachel by resurfacing at her wedding just as she’s dropped by the bridegroom. They pound bourbon and bicker about the most effective ways to gobble a slice of New York street pizza (” You’re looking for a calzone, that’s your difficulty ,” Rachel quips ), and then they wake up hungover and terrified to realize that while blackout wino, they boarded Rachel’s Jamaican honeymoon cruise- and they’re rooming in the honeymoon suite. Marooned in obligatory pleasure and tolerating clumsy dinners with passengers who presume they’re a duet, the pair discover they have only two things in common: DNA and a manic drive to succeed at everything from their marketings jobs to the ship’s version of the Newlywed Game.