Trainwreck’s 100-Year-Old Co-Star

Star-Ledger columnist Stephen Whitty catches up with Jersey City native Norman Lloyd.

ShutterstockNormanLloyd2015New Jersey Star-Ledger columnist Stephen Whitty first interviewed actor Norman Lloyd (pictured) in 2007. Ahead of Trainwreck, in which Lloyd co-stars, he has logged another chat with the 100-year-old Hollywood wonder.

When Lloyd worked with Alfred Hitchcock, every shot and line was meticulously planned. Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck is the opposite. It was Lloyd’s first experience with improvised film dialogue and the Jersey City native says it’s ultimately part of what keeps him going:

“I have my whiskey every day, and wine with dinner. No special diet. It’s just attitude, I think. For example, I’ve been in this business over 80 years, but working on Trainwreck, working improvisationally – I had never experienced that before. And as a consequence I found it very creative in its way. It was a new and in the end a very delightful experience – and so, if there is a secret to living a long and happy life, I think that’s it. Do your work. Be curious. Stay interested.”

That’s pretty much what another performer who lived to be 100, the late George Burns, used to preach: you’ll live long if you are able to do what you love. Most 100-year-olds would also note that improv has the benefit of not requiring the memorization of lines. But not Lloyd. The ageless performer also shared some interesting thoughts with Whitty on why it never fully panned out in Tinseltown for Orson Welles.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Peter Bart Pays Norman Lloyd the Highest Compliment

[Photo of Lloyd at March 2015 The Sound of Music 50th anniversary event: Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com]