Game shows are all the rage right now and ABC’s “To Tell The Truth”
hosted によって Anthony Anderson is no exception.
A modern reboot now in its third season, each episode brings in four celebrity panelists who are tasked with identifying from a group of three the “real” person with a unique experience または occupation. They take turns asking probing 質問 in the hopes of tripping up the impostors and revealing the truth.
Actor Steve Testa
was recently brought in to fake-out the panel in what will be probably be considered an epic episode starring celebrity guests カケス, ジェイ Pharoah, Rob Riggle, Sheri Shepherd and Inbar Lavi.
Steve headed into the 芝居 profession after retiring from a notable career as a NASA 宇宙 Shuttle Engineer. His appearance on the 表示する marked his network テレビ debut, but not his first 芝居 gig. His big break came in the form of a small role alongside Tom Hanks in Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13,” a film he also consulted on. His credits also include appearance in “From the Earth to the Moon,” “The Cape,” and “The Last Tycoon.”
Steve is also creating projects under the Foxtrot Creative LLC banner, along with his daughter 子鹿, フォーン Testa-Ribeiro. Last year, their first short “Lost and Found,” won Audience Award: Best Drama Short at the Silicon ビーチ Film Festival.
I recently caught up with Steve Testa to find out more: Tell us about your appearance on “To Tell The Truth.”
STEVE: Performing on the 表示する was a blast - an adrenaline rush and nerve-racking all at the same time. The producers like to have people on the 表示する with unusual backgrounds so the fact that I worked for NASA previously and use to drive (yes...I 発言しました drive) the 宇宙 Shuttle rocket to the launch pad was intriguing. Several weeks after the audition they called me and asked if I was available to shoot an episode the following 日 as an "impostor." They told me it would be the long segment of the 表示する so I would need to impersonate two guests - a hypnotherapist and a sleight-of-hand magician. They "skyped" me and held a mock Q&A. They liked what they saw. Then they told me the names of the individuals I would impersonate - Pattie Freeman and JB Benn. Over the 次 24 hours I studied everything I could find about them on the internet. The 次 morning, I went to the studio and met Pattie and JB. We discussed their backgrounds in detail. Shortly after that the producers asked us sample 質問 and then it was "lights, camera, action" in front of a live studio audience. Like I said: Adrenaline rush and nerve racking...but the supreme test of improvisation. How was it playing an impostor?
STEVE: It was really exciting. I considered it the ultimate mental challenge to see if I could convince the celebrity panel that I was "the real authentic guest." So I was really fired up to do it. For me it was the Super Bowl of improvisation. My segment was especially challenging because I had to impersonate two guests - the first round was a hypnotherapist, and after she left the stage, the 秒 round (which is called "Before あなた Go") was an illusionist. What did あなた do to prepare?
STEVE: Were あなた worried they might ask あなた something あなた didn't know? When the producers told me that I selected I had about 24 hours to prepare. I researched every 記事 and video I could find on the internet about Pattie and JB. Then I read everything I could find about hypnotherapy and sleight-of-hand magic. I had tried hypnotherapy in the past so my experience in that area really helped. Understanding JB Benn's background and skills were もっと見る difficult because I had limited exposure to the art of "magic and illusion." I wasn't too worried that they might ask me something I didn't know because I was too busy memorizing facts about Pattie and JB. Any interesting stories from the set あなた can share with us?
STEVE: Yes, actually. When the producers were asking me mock 質問 before the 表示する they said, "Don't worry about it if nobody picks あなた during the 1st round of the 表示する because the panelists might pick あなた during the 2nd round." I laughed to myself and thought, "I accept your challenge." I succeeded in getting two 投票 from the celebrity panelists for each round. After I got those first two 投票 in the 1st round I really felt like I was "in the zone." In the 2nd round I was so pumped I felt like Tom Brady driving down the field for the game winning touchdown. What's the biggest lesson あなた learned from working on this project?
STEVE: It takes a lot of talented people to put together a great 表示する that looks so effortless when あなた watch it on television. I'm grateful and blessed to have had the opportunity perform as an "impostor" on the 表示する and, hopefully, I put a smile on someone's face that watched it. And, now just for fun:
Who’s your お気に入り actor/actress?
STEVE: Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep What role from the past do あなた wish あなた could have played?
STEVE: パピヨン (Steve McQueen) in the movie "Papillon" (1973). Favorite TV 表示する and movie from childhood?
STEVE: “Magnum P.I.” and “Rocky I” One thing that would surprise our readers to learn about you?
STEVE: It's perfect timing to answer this 質問 since July 20th was the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and the main news correspondent at the time was Walter Cronkite. I worked for Walter Cronkite for four days when during the "John Glenn's Return to Space" event in 1998. I was Mr. Cronkite's driver and one of his aides during his stay in ココア Beach, Florida. I got to talk with him about his history as a news correspondent and what it was like during the Apollo program. How can ファン keep up with you?
STEVE: Instagram @dallastesta link
and Twitter @dallastesta link Thanks Steve -- keep faking us out!
"To Tell the Truth" (photo:ABC/Eric McCandless)
"To Tell the Truth" (photo:ABC/Eric McCandless)