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Published On: Thu, Apr 23rd, 2015

The Big Bang Theory’: Jim Parsons on Neil Frank, being a weatherman, learning Sheldon’s lines

Jim Parsons may seem perfect for the role of Sheldon Cooper on the hit show The Big Bang Theory, but a new Vanity Fair interview reveals Parsons had considered quite a different career path before dedicating his ambitions on acting: being a weatherman like Neil Frank.

Parsons claims he was enthralled by the weather as a child and even had a favorite television weatherman, Neil Frank. When he got to the University of Houston, he even enrolled in a class on meteorology, but failed.

Sheldon (Jim Parsons) offering the Vulcan sign for "Live ong and prosper"

Sheldon (Jim Parsons) offering the Vulcan sign for “Live ong and prosper”

Parsons says he “had already gravitated toward a theater company and did not go to class. ‘It was just like, ‘You know what? I found my passion already.’ ”

Life been different for the Emmy-Award Winner and he reflects on when he stopped drinking on New Year’s Day in 2007 shortly after filming the Big Bang Theory pilot. Alcohol, he said, “only makes foggy things foggier.”

Other tidbits in the Vanity Fair article include Parsons’ use of note cards to memorize the scientific dialogue on The Big Bang Theory. The technique is apparently working.

In a review of last week’s episode, “The Communication Deterioration,” Lincee Ray wrote in Entertainment Weekly that dialogue surrounding a NASA project was confusing and “[r]ather than wondering what they were talking about, I chose to be impressed with Jim Parsons and Simon Helberg’s ability to memorize such intricate dialogue.”

Parsons is using the same notecard technique to memorize his dialogue for the upcoming play An Act of God, which has himmemorizing about 200 cards of divine dialogue (his character delivers God’s word), some containing ‘the tiniest serial-killer’ scrawl,” the article states.

Tons of great insight, from his mother to baseball, playing Fantasy Football and much more, check it out here.

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