Tom Selleck once joked that his kissing scene with Kevin Kline in the film In and Out took “too many” takes.
The beloved Blue Bloods star spoke with Matt Lauer of the TODAY show about the smooch.
The movie is a middle-of-the-road comedy that probably wouldn’t get made today. The plot centers around a Hollywood celebrity who outs a small-town teacher as gay in his Oscar acceptance speech. No one is more surprised to find this out than the teacher, played by Kevin Kline, and his fiancee. Soon after, national news figures, including Tom Selleck’s character, descend on the tiny town to get the scoop. All the while, Kline’s character is beginning to question his sexuality as his wedding draws closer.
Selleck plays Peter Malloy, “a vacuous, unethical, ruthless, unscrupulous reporter,” he joked. “I don’t know where the writer came up with that kind of model for a character but it works really well in this movie.
Lauer brings up that a lot of the pre-release press has surrounded the fact that Kline and Selleck have a “rather dramatic on-screen kiss.”
Tom Selleck joked that it took “too many” takes to get the shot. “You know, I kiss my dad on the cheek and I kiss my brother on the cheek and that’s about it,” he said.
Selleck, seemingly put off by the question, jokingly asked Lauer if he pressed Anthony Hopkins about how he learned to eat people for his role in Silence of the Lambs.
But Lauer wouldn’t let the subject go.
“I just did it,” Selleck said. “Actors get paid to do it, and I just did it. It was a funny part.”
Tom Selleck Isn’t Afraid To Go His Own Way
Tom Selleck is a bit of an enigma in terms of actors. He floats in and out of projects regardless of their popularity. For instance, Selleck was once of the biggest television stars in the world when he was the lead on Magnum P.I. For 8 years, he lived in Hawaii and was a part of a wildly popular show. But one day, he had enough and told producers he wanted out.
He explained why in an interview last year. He said fame was less glamorous than he expected, and he was fed up with the life.
He knew being a public person would make him a commodity, but he felt like he had little control over it.
So, he quit the show to spend more time with his family on his ranch in Ventura, California.