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Perhaps that's because the usual threats and blandishments don't faze them. You are never going to work in this town again. I'll make your name mud,' " jokes Jimmy Wagner, whose "baby wrangler" role on the set is to "direct" the baby, as well as to keep the hirelings happy and on cue. This is going to sound incredibly naïve and stupid, but I was under the impression that [you could] get the babies to do what you needed them to do.
Before Saltzman knew it, the show was held hostage by the eating and sleeping habits of 6-month-old twins. Saltzman's first miscalculation was trying to get babies to clap on cue during an early episode that featured a Mommy and Me class. It was a nightmare. Executives would come down to see how things were going and leave screaming.
So when Linwood Boomer, the show's creator, handed him a script that included a Daddy and Me class, Simons began to worry. The daring baby stunts would make Saltzman's experience look like a stroll in the park.
In the episode, Hal, the hapless dad, played by Bryan Cranston, persuades fathers in a touchy-feely Daddy and Me class to compete in a stroller race, a diaper-weighing contest and a drool competition, using a substance known in the trade as industrial slime. The coup de grâce: A steely director kept the set from descending into bedlam, barking out "Next baby, next baby!
The episode wrapped without a hitch. Still, it made me catch my breath to watch. For the shuffleboard scene, the show combined special effects with ambitious action shots. The TV viewer sees supine babies wildly tobogganing across the court. In reality, each baby is pulled along on a pad made of a visual-effects material known as a "green screen" that is invisible on film. As one of the gaggle of stage mothers that day, I didn't have a script for what came next.
But as my boys sailed along, it occurred to me that they looked like helpless insects, tiny limbs akimbo, bodies scrunched flat against the mat. Looking back, I wonder: What I was thinking when I put my little treasures to work?
My sons began their stint on "Malcolm" as the ittiest of these bit players. Housed in a distant room with the words "ND Babies" taped on the door—in television shorthand ND means nondescript—they played an anonymous baby in the last row of the Daddy and Me class.
And, to my chagrin, my rough-and-tumble boys would be cast as girls and outfitted in flowery pink. Only in Hollywood could my boys catapult, by lunchtime, from this minor part to the role of baby Jamie. Seemingly on a whim, the director told me and another mother to hold our babies side by side. After the viewing, I was handed a Jamie costume. The twin girls who had played the part for the last few months disappeared the next day. In succeeding weeks, my boys' fortunes would rise and fall just as precipitously.
One week they played lead baby. The next week, they were third string. The "Malcolm" producers usually keep three sets of twins ready to play a single baby.
Wardrobe has six identical costumes on hand to clothe them. Our manager, Kimberly O'Toole, warns me that our boys may be history once they start to toddle around too much.
She counsels me not to get too emotionally involved. O'Toole, a cheery, minivan-driving Simi Valley mother of triplets, has recast herself successfully as a professional talent manager. She boasts a stable of Hollywood babies that includes sets of twins. When my twins outgrow the role of Jamie, O'Toole probably will find their replacements. I try to heed O'Toole's advice, but it's hard to remain detached. Forget about parents slugging it out over the outcome of a soccer match.
It's even easier to get caught up in Hollywood beauty contests. Celebrity is the juice that lubricates this town, and it's easy to confuse it with actual achievement. My personal low point occurred one day when a director on "Malcolm" told the stage mothers that he needed a sleeping baby for the next scene. While the director and the assistant director and the assistant to the assistant director gathered in front of the studio stage to watch, all the mothers got to work, frantically pushing their double strollers to encourage drowsiness.
I was determined to have my babies drift off first so they would be chosen for the cameo. I thought about ignoring her, which might have been the appropriate thing to do in such a situation, but something about her accusatory tone got to me. Or maybe it was that we were sitting for too long and I was getting hungry and tired myself. She arrives 15 minutes after her call time. She forgot wipes and a pacifier.
No change of clothes for the baby either. The baby is screaming because he never got a nap. I equate these moms to the people who show up late for movies at the theater. They are frantically searching for a seat and to get a lay of the theater, but can never quite catch up. Ellie did end up booking that initial diaper print ad job. She had a diaper stylist and a baby handler nurse waiting on her.
We have, however, observed that the parents attending these events range from laid back and seemingly normal to completely off the deep end. The trick is to enjoy the experience and not expect anything in return.
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