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Open Mike: Broadcast live before a studio audience in downtown Toronto's legendary Masonic Temple, Open Mike with Mike Bullard features two or three panel guests and one musical or comedy performance nightly. Runtime: 60 min - Country: Canada

Callum was guest in February 1999, right after he won a Genie for his performance in Last Night

Transcript from Rebel without a comb

Mike: What can I say about our next guest that hasn't been said. He stars in Due South, Hard Core Logo, Double Happiness and he won a Genie last night for his performance in the movie Last Night. Now-- (cheering from audience) hang on a second-- I want everyone to be really, really nice to him because he's very, very nervous and he loves me right now cause he didn't think we were going to have time for him. Please welcome Callum Keith Rennie.

(Callum comes onto the stage carrying a water bottle, and gives Mike Bullard's hand a shake and then Callum leans in so Mike can whisper in his ear, he then goes to his seat, and he greets the other guest with the hollywood kiss on both cheeks and takes his seat. He's wearing a black suit with the jacket open, and a blue shirt with the top undone. Sorry no glasses this time guys! ;) And who were the people in the back ground screaming, I'd like to know who were the lucky people who saw him in person!!! Also, through out the interview he is jiggling his legs up and down nervously, chewing his gum, shifting in his chair repeatedly, playing with his thumb along the arm rest of the leather chair, and quite frequently he's thumbing his eyebrow and his nose.)

Mike: Callum Keith Rennie, ladies and gentlemen. Now I never know what to call you. Callum? (Pronounced Call-um.) Keith?

Callum: Callum. (pronounced Cal-um.)

Mike: Callum?

Callum: Callum.

Mike: See, I got them all wrong. So it's Callum.

Callum: Yeah.

Mike: Alright. Well, what a pleasure it is to have you here and we're very excited because I know you left last night (Callum thumbs his eye brow), without your Genie and they sent it to us today. There it is. (Callum then laughs/scoffs embarrassedly as Mike pulls out the Big Genie, and Callum smiles at it, eyes fixed on it for a moment.)

Mike: Alright, let's take a look at this.

Callum: Thank-you

Mike: And we, uh, here at the show are going to treasure it always and treat it the same way you would have.

Callum: What? As a bottle opener? (He mutters this, and smiles.)

Mike: Your Genie. They sent it to us today. That's a beautiful thing. It's very heavy. Now, Paul Gross was here in September and he was your co-star on Due South so I'd like to tell you that this is your first appearance on the show, but it's not. Would you like to see your first appearance on the show?

Callum: Uh, yes please. (Slightly hesitant, smiles and looks out at the audience, and lifts his eyebrows for a second.)

Mike: Alright, let's take a look at this.

** They play the clip from PG's appearance on Open Mike -- Sept. 98 **

Excerpt from the transcript for Open Mike with Paul Gross

Paul: You know, I was trying to get Callum to come with me.

Mike: Callum Keith Rennie, your co-star.

Paul: Yeah, but he's sort of pathologically... give me that pillow. I really do need that. He's sort of pathologically afraid of live television. Well, more or less live audiences. Sorry. No, you're great. I apologize.

Mike: Yeah, slag 'em.

Paul: So, he sent... he sent this along (pulls a piece of paper out of his sleeve) and he says it will work. He assures me. It's a, uh... Callum is my co-star in the show, by the way. a stick figure of Callum It's a hologram representation of him. And you can actually... if you could get a close-up. You can address questions to him. puts the paper on the seat next to him Are you okay, Cal? He's good.

** Back to Callum’s appearance **

Callum: I've been working out since then.

Mike: You've been working out since then?

Callum: Building up, yeah.

Mike: Good, good, good. Now you rarely do perform in public anymore, Callum, but you started on stage, I guess.

Callum: Um, I started in Edmonton doing a radio show , ah, for some friends. Who put together a live show every Saturday. It was like a half hour and they asked me to listen to the show and I said, Geez, this is really horrible.' And they said, 'Do you want to come down and participate?' And I went, (eeeeehhum) 'Okay.' So every Friday we would, you know, sit in a bar, write this sort of half hour live, do all the sounds and do the whole bit and uh--

Mike: You don't think that sitting in a bar, writing it, may have contributed to it being terrible?

Callum: No, umm (looking down, pause, then looks up smiling at mike and at the same time thumbs his nose and then opens that hand out as to exclaim) it got better, let's say. Okay? Um, so--which led on to doing some plays in the Fringe Festival.

Mike: Right, and from then you went on to the Fringe Festival. Tell me about your first experience in a play? I heard it was very funny.

Callum: Um, so it was a couple of the same people who did the radio show with me and I had never been on the stage before. You know, I was 25 years old (He then leans really far back into his chair) --sort of feels a bit like this. (audience laughs, he then looks around the crowd quickly, does a stretched out smile, almost a grimace, and opens his eyes really wide quickly, almost like how a person would try to wake themselves up, then leans forward) So, you know, we rehearsed the play for three months-- get out there, you know-- it's, lights come up, I'm sitting down and I have the first line of the play and I can't remember what it is. And the co-- the, you know, other person who's in the scene with me is starting to pace around, pace around, pace around. And so I-- I'll just smoke a cigarette. So I light a cigarette. It'll come to me. I'm sure it'll come to me. Ten minutes goes by. The cigarette goes out. And **snaps fingers** oh, that's it. "What?" Then we start.

Mike: Now you ah, won the Genie last night for Last Night and I saw your performance. I thought it was marvelous. The thing I think I enjoyed most was this was this guy's last night on earth as it was everybody else's, I guess and you decided that you wanted to have all kinds of different sex with different people

Callum: (Mutters very quietly,) yeah, (smiles, looks down and plays with the arm rest.)

Mike: and I don't know if anyone told you this but there was one particular scene that really stuck out in my mind. I thought it was hilarious.

Callum: Which would that be? (He mutters this really quietly too.)

Mike: That would be you calling your grade eight French teacher.

Callum: Oh yeah, that was kinda funny. (He also says this quietly.)

Mike: And telling her you wanted to consummate the relationship. I thought that was one of the most amusing things I've seen on film. It was a great, great piece.

Callum: And Genevieve [Bujold] was great.

Mike: And Genevieve was great, yes. Now somebody told me today, I don't know if Genevieve knows this from the film, but you have a tattoo of a Champion spark plug?

Callum: Yeah.

Mike: Where's that?

Callum: It's on my cock. (He says this all seriously and leans back into his chair, CTV beeped this part....... but on the close captions it read cock.) Do you want to see it? (He gets up, and is going for to pull down his pants)

Mike: No. (He sits back down, and smiles mischievously, and then covers his mouth with his hand, and you can see him smiling. The audience is really going at it for a few seconds...)

Mike: I ah, uh, I ah... (Mike's laughing, and as usual he's bobbing his head up and down like he usually does.)

Callum: It's actually right here. It's right here... (and he begins to pat his right shoulder.)

Mike: You know what I find difficult to believe? I guess I missed that in the Globe and Mail story on you today. I want to thank you very much for coming. Pop back again. And once again, congratulations.

Callum: Thank-you.

Mike: Callum Keith Rennie. We'll be right back with Kaybe.

Most pics would be from Cap it! Before I die of waitin'! but link seems to be broken :( (temporarily down) – thanks to akamine_chan for pointing this out. ETA: site is back up!

Scriggle posted a picspam.

You can watch the interview on You Tube (thanks to leonandra for the link!)

Further excerpts from the transcript for Sep-98 Open Mike with Paul Gross, where paper!Callum "intervenes" (the whole transcript is completely surrealistic):

Mike: So how'd you spend the old summer? Were you shooting Due South? (...)

Paul: No, I went to Newfoundland. Callum, what did you do? He was in Los Angeles. No, I spent a month in Newfoundland. (...) In a place called South Branch. (...) And I picked up the accent. (...) And South Branch is particularly -- particularly thick. There's a guy next door to us, Clayton, and I didn't understand a word anybody said, really, for about three days and Clayton still was tough. And at the end, he would actually... this is what it would sound like. '...the schonar and you knooo you goo up therrr and you'-- Once you get into it --

Mike: Perhaps he was talking to Callum.

Paul: Did you understand that Callum? Callum didn't understand that either.

(talking about meeting the Queen of England)

Paul: Well, she's really, really small. Like, kinda like about that small.

Mike: About the size of Callum Keith Rennie?

Paul: She is. Callum, have you met the Queen? No, he --

(introducing a clip from Due South "Dr. Longball")

Paul: It's baseball. We did a show on baseball and it's the opening episode and I think yet again, Fraser seems to know how to do something and this is instructing my partner, Callum, who's unspeaking at the moment, how to concentrate on hitting a baseball.

Mike: Yeah, rather than show the clip, why don't you just bounce Callum up and down awhile. That's good.

Paul: (doing Callum's voice) Watch it, Mike. It's really funny.


( 24 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 24th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Most pics would be from Cap it! Before I die of waitin'! but link seems to be broken :(

stormymouse is switching servers, so Cap it! is temporarily down...which is why the link is broken.

*pets shy Callum*

Thanks for the interesting transcript...
May. 24th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
Good news, thanks!
May. 24th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
hee! i love this interview. the story he tells about his theater performance is priceless. oh, callum...
May. 24th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, Callum! Maybe he was as nervous on stage as during interviews?
May. 24th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness for transcripts! I couldn't bear watching this. Poor Callum!
May. 25th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
I get your meaning. And so did Mike it seems, forewarning the audience to be real nice to him...
May. 25th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
Oh no, baybee, I watched it and he was completely adorable (with a dash of adorkable). I couldn't quite believe what he said about the tattoo, but I figured the network wouldn't've bleeped out "ass," so that left only one likelihood.
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May. 25th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
If it's about live audiences as Paul Gross said, playing theater must have been torture for him - unless he managed to sort of abstract himself when playing a role..
May. 25th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
Such a cute young pup! And paper!Callum is hilarious, too. Bless Paul for taking on that interview. ;-)
May. 25th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
The evolution from absent paper!Callum to real nervous!Callum is quite remarkable :) I loved how Paul mocked Callum's shyness while kind of covering for him
May. 25th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Callum is shy and very pretty in this interview. I like it a lot. Thanks for putting it up.

There is a YouTube link for it, if you want to put it in.

May. 25th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Very pretty, yes, and very shy too, almost painful to watch him at times.

Thanks for commenting, and thanks for the YouTube link (added)!
May. 25th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
Hehehe... Poor thing, though I don't blame him for being nervous.
May. 25th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
I think he kind of got over his nervousness with time, at least some (hopefully for him!). He must have sweat buckets when doing these!
May. 26th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Aww. It made me cringe for him when watching that interview - he so badly wanted to be anywhere but in that seat I think. *g* He was so shy, bless him.

Thanks for the posting the transcript! :)
May. 26th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
* Cringe with you. * Poor terrified Callum!

And you're welcome!
May. 26th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
<3 FINALLY someone who just goes on and posts stuff! (Okay, you aren't quite the first, but still! ♥)

I have problems with the interview, I don't like Mike Bullard too much, and CKR looks a bit like he is, like, soldiering through it. But he's funny anyway. And I like the theater story. *wonders if it's true*

ANYway. ♥
May. 26th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
P.S. The YouTube link doesn't work for some reason (error message: The URL contained a malformed video ID). The address is right, but somehow... maybe a YouTube thing. You could embed it instead?
May. 26th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
YouTube was right <- some erratic quotes caused the problem, my wrong /n\. Thanks for checking! embed, duh, guess I can do that. If you say so. One day.
May. 26th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Well if we don't, we'll all be DEAD by the time all the stuff's posted... This one came kind of naturally, after the previous post and the what excerpt.

I don't quite know what to think about the interview. Callum soldiering yay, right, and not much is said, nothing consistant anyway (same goes with Paul Gross's interview).
Mike Bullard's style (don't know him apart from this)? combined with Callum's and Paul's dorkiness?
But Callum's cute and completely pettable. And I like the theater story too. Will have to read Amerika and American Buffalo to find out if there's this "What?" in there...
May. 29th, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)
I love this interview so much that I had to leave a comment. ;P \o/

(I guess I'm.. mean for loving it? Since he's all shy and nervous? I dunno, I just find it cute. Heh.)

(Plus, I enjoy how he spent most the time twitching, and then randomly announces that his tattoo is on his cock and volunteers to show it. Way to overcome the shy. ;D)
May. 29th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad this enticed you to comment!

I don't think you are mean - I have mixed feelings about this one - shy and nervous, sure, cute, very. Scared out of wits maybe?

I enjoy how he spent most the time twitching, and then randomly announces that his tattoo is on his cock and volunteers to show it. Way to overcome the shy. Good observation! \o/
Jun. 17th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
I saw this on YouTube, but thank you for the write-up; my hearing comprehension's not that good. Also, I didn't realize where he said the tattoo was. O_O He pats his butt after, so I thought he might've said 'ass'. LOL! Too cute. I always feel like he has a 'normal' guy dialogue running in his head, but it only comes out when he 'forgets' about the cameras.

Also, thank you so much for the transcript of Paul Gross + paper!Callum. OMG, too funny. How much more could I possibly love PG?
Jun. 18th, 2011 06:16 am (UTC)
Transcripts are always helpful, yes, specially for Callum's mumblings.

I always feel like he has a 'normal' guy dialogue running in his head, but it only comes out when he 'forgets' about the cameras.
Spot-on observation! Some interviewers are better than others to let him express what he really has in mind, and then, he's still twitchy but definitely more at ease.

Paul Gross is really a funny guy. And I bet that Callum was really happy to have him around in some interviews.
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