I thought I'd completed this week's LA Daily column on Friday, but when I opened it up yesterday afternoon to give it one final look, I realized that it didn't work at all. It's fine for a blog post (and will likely show up here sooner or later) but it just doesn't work as a column.
As you can imagine, I panicked, and spent the next five hours trying to come up with something to replace it. (Pro Tip: The hard part isn't writing the column; the hard part is figuring out what the hell to write about every week.)
Around 10 last night, I stopped banging my head against my desk and took a sanity break online. While I was looking at TotalFark, TwitterFox popped up with the following Tweet:
@wilw we need you to cameo on HEROES. how bout it? Let me know, it's Greg Grunberg from Heroes. Parkman.
Normally, I'd think this was a prank, but my friend David (who plays Eric Doyle on Heroes) mentioned to me last week that he'd joined Twitter, and that he was following me and Greg Grunberg. So I went O_o and replied:
@greggrunberg How cool and random to hear from you ... we have a mutual friend in @dhlawrencexvii! I'd love to be on your show, for serious.
I think I replied appropriately, right? Considering that the alternative was something like OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG, and all.
A few minutes later, he replied:
I couldn't put it into 140 characters, but I'm pretty sure I know what Tim's going to think, and it's going to rhyme with "No way, that guy sucks." See, I've had two opportunities for good roles on Heroes, and both times I was so excited about the opportunity, I completely tanked the audition. It was like the audition was a cute little bunny, and I was Lenny Small. I mean, I fucked them up badly. It was embarrassing. The room I read in at Universal is still blocked off by the HazMat control team because the stink I left there is so horrible.
I'm not going to pretend that I wouldn't love it, especially if I got to play a villain, but I'm keeping my squee level really under control at the moment. I've done this long enough to know that actually working on Heroes is a real long shot for me. But if it does happen, it would be super awesome on countless levels, not the least of which is the whole thing happened because of Twitter, which pleases my inner geek greatly.