Brian Austin Green is happy to just be playing a hard-partying ladies’ man on TV, having long passed the time when he found that lifestyle enjoyable. In TBS’ bawdy but heartfelt comedy Wedding Band — premiering Nov. 10 at 10pm — he plays Tommy, the frontman for Mother of the Bride, a group of four buddies who aren’t ready to give up the dream of being rock stars. In real life, the 39-year-old former Beverly Hills, 90210 star says he mostly avoids the nightlife, having recently welcomed a baby boy with wife Megan Fox, who guest stars on an episode of Wedding Band.
Green took time to answer our “7 Questions,” where he comes clean about just who is the best musician on the show (yes, they play their own instruments), and why the recent announcement of new Star Wars movies going into production could be good news for him:
You’re at a magazine rack and can pick three magazines to take home. Which ones do you pick?
Car & Driver, The Hollywood Reporter and probably a real-estate magazine of some sort.
Your DVR can only carry three shows. Other than your own, which ones would you want?
Ghost Hunters, Ancient Aliens. That’s a great show. You can’t watch that show and then sit back and think, “No, we’re the only ones here.” The guy with the big hair [Georgio A. Tsoukalos]? I love that he’s committed to that hair, and literally wears it, like, “What? What are you looking at? This is the coolest hair in the world.” I mean, he owns it. … And then, Shark Week would have to be the topper.
What has been your strangest fan encounter?
It’s not an encounter that I had, but a friend of mine, Thomas Dekker, who was on [Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles] with me, he e-mailed me a picture one day and said he was just at a sci-fi convention signing autographs at a Sarah Connor booth, and this guy walked up. It was a picture of a guy dressed in the identical wardrobe that my character wore, and according to him he was Derek Reese. He was literally back from the future and he was here to save mankind, and believed it. He was 100 percent, “John, you’ve gotta come with me. We have to save the world.” That was one of those, “Boy, I’m glad I actually wasn’t there” moments.
Tell me about a time when you were starstruck.
I still have a picture to this day of when I was 8 years old — I grew up in North Hollywood — and Leonard Nimoy moved in at the end of my street. He was living in the house at the end of the block, and I grew up watching Star Trek. And then William Shatner came and shot an episode of T.J. Hooker on my street, and I have a picture of him signing an autograph for me. And then the topper was I think it was the second season of 90210, and we were shooting at LAX, and George Lucas came on the set to bring his daughter who was a fan of the show. I was on my set with George Lucas, which is like crazy for me. I’m probably one of the biggest Star Wars fans. I’ve passed it onto my son. I actually have an autographed George Lucas original Empire Strikes Back poster downstairs in my movie room. I’m a total nerd when it comes to Star Wars.
Name three things you must have in your fridge or pantry.
Cheez-Its, sparkling water and gummy cola bottles.
Who’s the best musician in the Wedding Band cast?
Pete [Peter Cambor]. He sits in his trailer during our time off and plays the banjo. I’ll walk in and he’ll have a YouTube video up of Steve Martin playing the banjo. He’ll spend hours trying to learn the one lick that Steve Martin does on the banjo. It’s all he does.
Is there one role that you’re dying to play that no one would ever cast you for?
It was Green Lantern at one point. That didn’t pan out, and I think luckily. Han Solo would be the one. If they were ever going to remake anything, either Han Solo or Richard Dreyfuss’s character in Jaws. Matt Hooper was a cool character.
Photo: Credit: Jeremy Freeman