Before actor and comedian J.B. Smov appeared on Curb enthusiasm as Leon, now a cult character, Smoove was just a big fan of the show. He told his wife that he would like to be there sometime and work with Larry David. She told him that he would, and guess what? A month and a half later, Smoove received an offer to appear on the show.
Almost ten years later, Smoove did the same, this time with Marvel.
"After watching Avengers: Endless WarI just released it back into the universe – that I wanted to be a part of it, ”says Smoove. Men's magazine"Then, without joking, a month later Marvel called me and said that they want me to be part of Spiderman: far from home, Sometimes you have to put things into the universe; plant seeds; be positive; and see what happens.
This is clearly working for Smoove so far. Heading out in 2019, the comedian is still ahead, including season 10 Curb enthusiasm, Spiderman: far from home, and his lollygagging stand-up comedy tour. Smoove also collaborates with Crown Royal on the Purple Bag project, which sends relief packages filled with gifts, food and other items to the United States forces abroad and to countries affected by natural disasters such as fires in California.
Smoove spoke to Men's magazine about your favorite Curb enthusiasm episodes as he wrote The Book of Leon: Philosophy of the Fooland all the secrecy around the Marvel films.
How does it feel to work on a show like Curb enthusiasm?
It is so fun and just unbelievable. What good is being an actor and working on a show like Curb enthusiasm it is – and some people do not know it – that we do not have a script. We kind of create our own dialogue along the way. Yes, there are historical moments, but it gives us the opportunity to truly create and experience things together. It justifies you as an actor and puts you in a different place. For me it is especially important to be a part of such a landmark show, and working with someone like Larry is an experience that I will never forget. I love to play Leon, and seeing the reaction to him was great and exciting for me and the show.
What are your favorite episodes or moments?
New York Season – Season 8 is probably my favorite. These early episodes with Leon were great, and there were so many moments, but I enjoyed coming to New York and being in this iconic city. That season we had Michael J. Fox, and he was awesome and just funny. This is the funniest season I’ve ever participated in, not to mention the rest shabby. They are all funny and amazing, but this one was on a different level. This was the first time Leon was in New York, so we played it for a laugh. Episodes like Mr. Soft, Car periscope, and Larry vs. Michael J. Fox still make me laugh
What was it like writing Book of Leon like a fictional character?
We tried to make it reasonable by dedicating it to true fans. Curb enthusiasm and Leon. I did not want the book to be dated by talking about current events. I wanted to talk about the things that the character would actually talk about, Leon, so that it would remain true to his character. According to Leon, he gives you what I call “good-bad”, tips on managing money, sex, marriage, divorce, health, old age, the words you need to live. I was originally going to write a book by J.B.Smuva, and then talked about it with Larry. We were between the scenes, and I said: “You know, I am writing a book, and he said – this is my best impression from Larry David -“ You know what? You have to write a book about Leon. ” I thought it would be fun, but I wasn't sure I could do it because I didn't own the character — HBO owns the character. So for me, if Larry was cool with this, I knew that I would have a good deal with HBO to try and do it.
You also made an audio version for the book. What was the process like?
It was really fun. I made an audiobook in nature. In an attempt to direct the character as best I could, I made audio recordings of a fool wearing me, in a T-shirt, fully dressed like Leon, because it was the only way I could conjure up the character and make sure that he was true to his voice. In fact, the book and the audiobook are different in this respect, because it’s really my character, so this is a completely different experience, and I hope that it will be interesting for people.
I know that you can't say much, but what was it like working on Spiderman: far from home?
We had a great time shooting Spiderman: far from home, I was very interested to be part of the Marvel universe. All this is very secret, very secretive. I can't tell you anything about the plot, but I can tell you about the process. Nobody ever got the full script, maybe even Tom [Holland]Spider-Man himself. You sit in the trailer, and there is only one page on the table. You don't even know the whole story. We shot everywhere – Venice, London, Prague – and we had a great time. I have been to London before, but I have never been to Prague or Venice. For those who have never been to Venice, this is just great. Go there before he leaves.
You worked with Crown Royal for the Purple Bag project. What can you tell us about a partnership and what does it mean for you?
The holiday season is a blessing for people, but also for people in difficulty. I am excited to be part of the Crown Royal Purple Bag project. Crown Royal did something truly amazing in this program that will help our soldiers, veterans, and those affected by natural disasters across our country. I like to call myself “the second respondent” who cares about the “first respondent” in a project like this. This is a real passion for me. I have already worked with the Boys & Girls Club and look forward to becoming part of the Purple Bag Project. We hope to collect 1 million bags sent by 2020, and I am pleased to continue working on this.
I grew up in Mount Vernon, New York, and I had very little, and it means a lot to share something and try to give people overseas, as well as people dealing with natural disasters. Now I live in California, and with ongoing forest fires, this project can be of great help to all these people at this time of year. It is just something that can hold them, support them, increase their morale and make them understand that people here really care about them.
That's what the holiday season is. People seem to think that the holiday season is all about getting, but it's all about generous philanthropy, which is our slogan. People see me on TV, in films and advertising, but what we do as artists, people do not always see, for example, this project, this is what makes us work and work hard, so we can help and help people who help us there.