10 Questions with Garry Marshall

Capping off the day
Garry Marshall on the set of The Princess Diaries.
Garry Marshall is one of the most influential comedic talents of the last 50 years. He's written for I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show, he produced Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley, and has directed such films as Nothing in Common, Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, and now The Princess Diaries. (He also co-wrote and co-produced Evil Roy Slade, a childhood favorite of many SH staffers).

But on his days off from filmmaking, he takes off his director's cap and dons a baseball cap, to pitch softball. In fact, just a day after pitching his Falcon Theatre coed softball team to victory in Burbank, Marshall sat down with SportsHollywood and answered various sports and entertainment questions posed by our staff.


Bracing for action
Garry Marshall prepares...
SportsHollywood: Which do you enjoy more - getting a laugh or getting a hit?

Garry Marshall: Getting a hit, especially with a man on base. RBIs, you know. Although, many times when I hit, I get laughs.

SportsHollywood: A baseball question for an ex-New Yorker: Mickey, Willie, or Duke?

Garry Marshall: Mickey.

SportsHollywood: What is your greatest hit memory?

Garry Marshall: Pretty Woman. And once during the 'Happy Days All Star Game', I hit an inside-the-park home run at the Seattle Dome.

Bracing for action
... winds up...
SportsHollywood: To DH or not to DH?

Garry Marshall: DH. But I worry about those guys. They sit there the whole game. Don't you think they get bored or tired? Maybe we should call them the drowsy hitters.

SportsHollywood: More juiced: The modern baseball or the modern Yankee outfielder?

Garry Marshall: Nothing is more juiced than John Rocker. He's going to juice himself right out of baseball. The only people he hasn't insulted are Eskimos, and they rarely go to games.

SportsHollywood: What's your favorite Yogi Berra quote?

Garry Marshall: "If there is a fork in the road, take it."

... releases and delivers...
SportsHollywood: Who was the best player to ever compete in your pick-up basketball games?

Garry Marshall: Meadowlark Lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters. Claire Kupchak, the wife of Laker General Manager Mitch Kupchak, wasn't bad either. She was so beautiful that the men were afraid to guard her. They just stood back and watched her score in awe.

SportsHollywood: Does Michelle Pfeiffer really bowl (like in Frankie and Johnny)?

Garry Marshall: Yes, she's really good. She could hit a strike on the first take.

SportsHollywood: Did any players on the Falcon Theatre team act in the softball scene of Runaway Bride?

Garry Marshall: Four. Me, Tommy Hines, Scott Marshall (my son), and Wendy Hallin (my niece).

... another perfect Hollywood pitch!
SportsHollywood: Did Tommy (the guy who bumped chests with Julia Roberts during the softball scene) ask for a lot of re-takes?

Garry Marshall: Two. The first time he got so nervous he fell down. Julia told him not to be afraid, just to jump up and hit her high. He said, "Yes ma'am." Julia was upset by that. She said, "Don't say yes ma'am. It makes me feel old." But he kept doing it. I told him, "Stop calling her ma'am." He turned to me and said, "Yes sir."

SportsHollywood: What did Sports Hollywood's own Ed Marinaro add to Laverne and Shirley?

Garry Marshall: Wish fulfillment. Girls like Laverne and Shirley could never really get a guy like that.

SportsHollywood: Why did you cast him?

Garry Marshall: I wanted his autograph!

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