Jackie Gleason

I had loved Jackie Gleason when I was a kid, but not so much for the HONEYMOONERS.  We were doing a Pepsi spot with Shaq, going through ages of television and movies, Cary Grant, Lucille Ball, Cindy…and Gleason. Not that easy. Shaq is seven feet plus tall and Gleason considerably shorter. Eye lines. I pored through the footage of the shows and finally found some of Gleason sitting at a table so he could look Shaq in the eye. We built a set that matched Gleason’s so Shaq could exit the scene properly. Why am I telling this story, because I looked at so much footage that I feel I actually worked with him.