Published On: Fri, Mar 28th, 2014

Ed Asner interview: ‘The Games Maker,’ his ‘FDR’ stage show, Lou Grant, ‘Up’ and Autism Speaks

EXCLUSIVE: Ed Asner is truly one of the greatest actors of all-time with an amazing resume of projects which have been integrated into Americana. From his Emmy Award winning performance as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the spin-off Lou Grant, to the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s Up, Asner has touched audiences for over four decades.

Ed Asner twitter photoAsner spoke with The Global Dispatch/Dispatch Radio in an interview to discuss his next film The Games Maker, his one-man FDR stage presentation and his incredible body of work.

“It has a touch of Harry Potter to it,” Asner says of this fantasy film which arrives later this summer.

“It’s about a mythical town…famous for their ability to make games,” he explains noting that co-star Joseph Fiennes “does a marvelous job” and his character now mentors his grandson in a “forced battle between Jospeh Fiennes as the villain, who has taken away the championship capacity from the town, and my family, who are an integral part of the town.”

Check out the teaser trailer for The Games Maker below.

Asner performs a one-man show FDR (headed to St Louis in April, New Jersey in May) who Asner says was a “hero of mine, I adored him. I regard him as the greatest president.”

Of course fans regularly recognize the iconic actor in public, especially as Lou Grant, but Asner jokes about them “picking up the check” with his signature wit.

With great humility and delight Asner discusses his career, which he describes as a “hobby,” talking about highs and lows before praising the Pixar team for the role in Up

Asner has an autistic son and his other son has an autistic child, so it’s no surprise that Asner is so passionate about raising awareness and mobilizing the public on the topic.

Visit the Autism Speaks website HERE

Check out the full interview below.

Ed Asner as FDR in his one man show – St Louis, April 27 7:00pm – get more information, tickets HERE

Follow Ed Asner on Twitter: @TheOnlyEdAsner

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Ed asner in the Games Maker film


Carl Fredricksen, voiced by Ed Asner, in Pixar's "UP"

Carl Fredricksen, voiced by Ed Asner, in Pixar’s “UP”

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professional in 2008 on sites like Examiner and blogs: Desk of Brian, Crazed Fanboy. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) will be a licensed Assembly of God Pastor by the Spring of 2017. "Why do we do this?" I was asked and the answer is simple. "I just want the truth. I want a source of information that tells me what's going and clearly attempts to separate opinion from fact. Set aside left and right, old and young, just point to the world and say, 'Look!'" To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON


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