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Managing a donut shop can’t be easy, but Glen seems to have really let all that powdered sugar go to his head because every time we see him on screen, he behaves like his jelly donut isn’t exactly all the way filled. The man is absolutely bananas, rambling incessantly to the camera, asking big, scary questions like, “Why is it, if another man kills a man in battle, it’s called ‘heroic,’ yet if he kills a man in the heat of passion, it’s called ‘murder’?” Uhhh…I don’t know, Glen? But could you just take a couple of steps back from me, please? Thanks.

An article for the New York Post revealed that Ed O’Neill — who is most well-known for playing Al Bundy on the popular sitcom, “Married … with Children” — was so committed to the insanity of his character that he refused to break even off-screen. “Wayne’s World” director Penelope Spheeris told the New York Post, “When we were sitting in that donut shop, he always had the character going, even between takes. He would sit over in the corner by himself and talk to himself like a psycho [laughs].” Why are you laughing, Penelope? Run away!

In fact, O’Neill was so immersed in the part of Glen that Spheeris admitted she never really got to know the man behind the deep fryer “because he never broke.” One thing is for certain though, I definitely wish I knew the sorts of things O’Neill mumbled to himself off-camera. Or you know what? On second thought … maybe I don’t. 

/Film – ‘Slash Film: Ed O’Neill ‘Never Broke Character’ While He Was Filming Wayne’s World’
Author: Miyako Pleines
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January 22, 2023

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