Even though it's Saturday, here's a Friday Question comes from reader Alyson:
recently rewatched Frasier - great show, even better than I remembered.
I'm curious about the fencing scene in "An Affair to Forget" from
season 2. Awhile back, you wrote a nice post about Jane Leeves and how
she learned how to shoot pool for an episode. So my question is: We all
know David Hyde Pierce is a great physical comedian. Did he learn how to
fence for that episode, did he already know, or was he just winging it?
Not knowing the answer to this I asked someone who does – David Hyde Pierce. Alyson, here is his response:
I recall, the writers asked me about my fencing experience before they
wrote the episode. I’d been trained in stage combat by a guy named B.H.
Barry, and I’d done two big sword fights for B.H., one in Cyrano and
one in Kevin Kline’s Hamlet. ( In each case I both fought with and
understudied the lead, which meant I had to learn both sides of the
fight So, theoretically I could challenge myself to a duel and lose.)
Coincidentally the actor who played Maris’ fencing instructor had also
trained with B.H., so since we spoke the same language fencing-wise, we
were able to learn a fairly elaborate fight in a relatively short time.
Hope that’s helpful.
Many thanks to David Hyde Pierce along with David Lee.
This has been a repost. But do you care? I mean, David Hyde Pierce!