The iconic sitcom Seinfeld may have concluded in 1998, but with the show landing on Netflix, the Larry David phenomenon has fans talking and reminiscing about the hilarious show starring Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards.
Fans aren’t the only ones talking and laughing about Seinfeld, though, as the leading man shared a fantastic nugget about one particular season from Season 3, Episode 5.
For a show as funny as Seinfeld, you could imagine that many of the scenes that the cast had to act out with a straight face had to be difficult. Scenes like George returning from the pool, or Jerry trying to remember his girlfriend’s name to anytime Kramer makes his grand entrance into the frame by opening the door with so much velocity. The point is, there had to be so many moments that tested the actor’s willpower not to break character. But one scene in particular just tickled the show’s leading man all too much.
In an interview with Netflix, Seinfeld promoted the move to the streaming platform. He also revealed that the scene where Jerry is in hot water over an overdue library book from the New York Public Library was incredibly difficult for one key reason. He could not stop laughing.
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“It was just so ridiculous that he was interrogating me in my own apartment about a book,” Seinfeld. “I just kept cracking up.”
Now that the cat is out of the bag, you can tell that it takes everything in the world for Jerry not to break character while filming this scene.
His logic is sound, as the insanity of a library sleuth barging into his apartment, questioning him so seriously, saying things like, “Bad year for libraries…bad year for America.”
It was the seriousness and facial expressions from Bookman, played perfectly by Philip Baker Hall.
Just how many times did the comedic legend have to re-do his scene with Hall?
Eight times. Jerry just couldn’t stop breaking character no matter how hard he tried. Of course, the comedian’s penchant for comedy translated well on screen.
Seinfeld burst back onto the scene this fall when it was revealed that the show would be added to the streaming giant Netflix, but many fans voiced their opinions on the picture ratio changing with the move. You can stream every season of Seinfeld now on Netflix.