As the actor superstars in Netflixs new slapstick Like Father he discusses the difficulties of fatherhood, Frasier reboot rumors and his thoughts on Roseanne
Kelsey Grammer seems like a guy who has a grip on his emotions. Not only did he dedicate 20 years to playing therapist Frasier Crane, but the renown that followed forced him to navigate the most severe moments of their own lives in public.
He’s spent decades talking about misfortune: the separate assassinations of his father, Frank, and sister, Karen; the scuba diving collision that killed his twin half-brothers; his battles with alcohol and cocaine craving; and his three ex-wives and complex detention arrangings. At 63 and merrily married to fourth spouse Kayte Walsh, with whom he has three young kids bringing the grand total of the Grammer brood to seven, the veteran actor has the solidity of a boulder that knows it can withstand a toppling breeze. Still, when Grammer first met with Like Father writer-director Lauren Miller Rogen to discuss the part of Harry Hamilton, a workaholic dad who reconnects with the adult daughter he trenched when she was five years, he began to cry.
” It’s remarkable how similar to my own life it really is ,” says Grammer. His second oldest daughter, the actor Greer Grammer, was born out of wedlock months before he chose to marry a different woman.
” We spent years without really being in touch ,” admits Grammer. While he focused on his career, Greer grew into a lovely, busy blonde merely a few years younger than Harry’s fictional daughter Rachel, played by Kristen Bell. He’s worked hard to rebuild their relationship.” When I read it I supposed, this is something I care about ,” he tells.” Now, we’re very close, which is something I guess I brought to the role .”
After that, actually inducing the cinema was easier. Like Father is a screwball romantic comedy powered by paternal love. The girl he has to win over is his own child. It opens with an agonizing meet-cute when Harry startles Rachel by resurfacing at her wedding just as she’s dumped by the groom. They pound bourbon and bicker about the most effective ways to eat a slice of New York street pizza (” You’re looking for a calzone, that’s your problem ,” Rachel quips ), and then they wake up hungover and horrified to realize that while blackout drunk, they boarded Rachel’s Jamaican honeymoon cruise- and they’re rooming in the honeymoon suite. Marooned in mandatory exhilaration and suffering awkward dinners with passengers who assume they’re a couple, the pair discover they have only two things in common: DNA and a manic drive to succeed at everything from their marketings careers to the ship’s version of the Newlywed Game.