General Hospital Interviews!
with Brad Maule (ex-Tony)
December 13, 2009
Recently I caught up with my friend, Brad Maule. The soap world fondly
remembers Brad for his many years as General Hospital’s Dr. Tony Jones. These
days, Brad wears many hats including that of a talk radio host, a television
host, an actor, and a college professor. Brad is one busy man. Our
conversations are always funny and colorful. Our most recent phone chat took
place while Brad was in a local coffee house he said was reminiscent of “Central
Perk” from “Friends.”
Refresh my memory – how long have you been teaching at the university? What
classes do you teach?
I’ve been at the university about three years or so. I teach Cinematography,
Acting for the Camera, and a Musical Theater class.
Are you active in Community Theater?
I’ve done some but I don’t right now because I’m so busy. I’ve done two or
three plays here over the last several years. I did “The King and I” in
community theater here (in Texas).
Lets talk a little about “All Good Years” – the student film you were nice
enough to send me a copy of. Were you happy with the finished product?
I’m happy with it but when you do a film, it’s a learning process for the
students. We have limitations – we don’t get professional actors, we get
student actors. I loved doing it. We had a great time. We do one film a year
and we get better every year.
Can people buy a copy of “All Good Years?”
There’s gonna be an online store within the next year or two through the
university. But as of now, it’s not available.
Tell us about the latest student film you’re working on.
It’s called “Sarah’s Book.” It’s a film about race relations. This year we
used an HD camera so we shot it in high definition. We shot it as a period
piece – everything takes place before 1970. It’s all done in house. At the
moment, they’re working on sound and color correction. It’s all edited –
they’re scoring it right now. The film comes out in March and the kids are
close to turning in the scripts for next summer’s film. So while we're in
postproduction for one film, we’re in pre production for the next one. To our
knowledge, we’re the only film school in the country that does a full-length
feature film every year.
Talk a little bit about “Desdemona: A Love Story.”
I did that when I first came here to the university. My character dies in
the beginning of the film. During the rest of the film, the two guys (my son
and my adopted son) try to get money to bury my character by kidnapping a former
love. It’s won at huge film festivals all over the country. It won “Best
Actor” at the Boston Film Festival. It also won “Best Picture” and beat Uma
Thurman’s “Motherhood.” We also won “Best Direction” at the Boston Film
Talk a little bit about “Walking Distance.”
It’s with the star of “Paranormal Activity,” Katie Featherston. I just had a
small role but it’s getting a lot of “play” with the studio.
Lets talk about the radio show. Have you done radio before?
What’s the basic premise of your show? How do you prepare for each day’s show?
I was a DJ in high school. Sometimes I have guests on but most of the time
it’s just call-ins. Other days it’s just me talking for an hour and a half.
I’ve had some politicians on and some local people. It’s a funny, gentle,
community-based show. I don’t do any “bad” news. At 9:00 at night when I get
home, I look at the news of the day and try to come up with an outline of a
format for the next day. I have a vampire that calls in every morning. We have
all kinds of characters who call in.
Tell us what your typical schedule is – walk us through your day.
I get up at 5:30 a.m. and I go to the station and do the radio show at 6:30. I
come back and take a little hour nap. Then I get up and teach from 12:00 until
5:00. After that I go to meetings and handle production stuff. I usually get
home around 9:00 p.m. and do my “homework” for my radio show. Then I go to bed, and
it starts all over again.
Are you still doing your television show, “Texas County Line?”
We’re in our second season. We probably have 30 shows done now. Our viewership
is up to around a million to a million and a half people a week now. I
have better ratings than the soap operas (laughs). You can go to the
http://www.texascountyline.tv/home_page.htm and watch all the episodes.
Do you have any special plans for the holidays?
This year my son and I are gonna try and serve food at a soup kitchen. I
used to do that when I was a kid, and I think it’s time to get back to it again.
Thanks to Brad Maule for taking the time to talk with me.
Click here for more
information on Brad’s radio show and to listen live every morning!
For more on
“Desdemona: A Love Story," click
here to become a fan of “Desdemona: A Love
Story” on FaceBook.
Click here to view the
“Walking Distance” trailer.
film’s official site here.
To view the “All Good
Years” trailer, click here!
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