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JONATHAN TAYLOR THOMAS NOT SURE THE BIG TIME IS READY FOR HIS RETURN
January 22 2010
Hollywood, CA – The role of the second or third banana in a sitcom has never been an enviable one for actors. Take Jaimee Foxworth for example, whose character ‘Family Matters’ on had such value for the program that she went upstairs one day
and never came back down, thus losing the Winslow family a child for the remainder of the series. It is that type of treatment that often befalls the secondary characters in many shows with only a few, such as Michael J. Fox or the Olsen twins ever truly having success.
Such absenteeism wasn’t meant to be for Jonathan Taylor Thomas who for seven seasons played middle child Randy on the hit show ‘Home Improvement. Aside from being a teen heartthrob and the most compelling performer on the show outside star Tim Allen, Thomas had become a bona fide movie star with starring roles in the animated classic ‘The Lion King’ and starring roles in hits such as ‘Man of the House’ and ‘Tom and Huck’. It seemed, at least for a little while that the world was at his fingertips, but that simply didn’t happen. A succession of flops and films hardly released as well as the end of ‘Home Improvement’ all lead to a decline for
the actor who has mostly absent from the public eye for over a decade. Now though the determination that made him a star at a young age seems to have revitalized the 28-year old with a proclamation that the world simply isn’t ready for JTT.
“I’ve been to the heights and I’ve been to the lows so I know how to navigate this. There are few people in the world frankly that have done this so I am uniquely qualified to speak on the topic. Robert Downey, Jr. is one of those guys, he knows what I’m talking about,” said Thomas in an exclusive interview with Scrape TV News. “The question isn’t whether or not I’m ready to make it back into the big time, it’s whether or not the big time is able to handle me, whether or not the big time is big enough to hold the JTT. I guess we will see won’t we.”
Thomas also referred to Downey as ‘Bob’ though admitted to never having met him.
“Look, I wasn’t given this gift and this opportunity for nothing. I squandered it, I realize that, and now I’m going to take it back in exactly the same way that I lost it. You’re going to be seeing a lot more of JTT in the next few years and, frankly, it’s going to blow your eyeballs out of the sockets,” continued Thomas. “Will Smith, Brad Pitt, George Clooney are all good guys and I’m sure they would be good as a sidekick or something. Let’s make this clear, I’m doing this. I’m not just talking about it; I’m doing whether or not anyone else wants it. This is what I was destined to do and I’m finally embracing my destiny.”
Thomas’ co-stars in the show, Taran Noah Smith and Zachery Ty Bryan have no similar designs on returning to the big time. Show star Tim Allen who himself became a big movie star for a short time, reportedly has more modest ambitions.
“When you saw him on the show it was easy to pick out the star. He had the natural charisma and grace that makes a star but for whatever reason it didn’t happen. With a different life he could have been Leonardo DiCaprio, it was that level of potential,” said Scrape TV Entertainment analyst Tracey Temple. “It will be interesting to see if he can make a comeback. I think that putting Will Smith as a second banana might be overstating it a little bit but I’m sure he can get something going. “
Earl Hindman who played sagely neighbour Wilson passed away in 2003 and will not be making a comeback as a result. Patricia Richardson and Richard Karn are believed to have perished in a house fire late last decade but that has not been confirmed.
Samantha Dryden, Entertainment Correspondent