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Quick Chat with Chuck star Zachary Levi

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 29th 2008 6:00AM
Zachary LeviWant the scoop on some of TV's biggest guest stars? Well, most of them are on NBC's Chuck (second season premieres Monday, Sept. 29 at 8PM EST), so we went straight to the source.

Star Zachary Levi dished to us all about the famous faces that are coming to play this season, including Michael Clarke Duncan, John Larroquette, Nicole Richie, Tony Hale and ... Alf?

Also, find out the fellow NBC star he's most mistaken for, why he called himself a douchebag and what possible (OK, totally improbable) future storyline he let slip about a team of midget ninjas. No kidding.Working alongside Michael Clarke Duncan, did you ever get the feeling that he could just crush you with his bare hands?
Yeah, he's a behemoth of a man. What's crazy though is he's not a big fan of heights. I'm fine with them ... especially when I'm all wired up. I know they're not gonna drop me. You know, I'm hanging out the window between takes and whatever and Michael's like, "Hey man, you OK? You sure you're doing alright?" [Laughs]

And John Larroquette -- what an amazing casting choice for an ex-spy!
Wasn't he incredible? He said, "I checked out the show and I really liked what you guys were doing, so I wanted to come and do it." And I was like "What? You? John Larroquette ... Night Court, Stripes ... you like what we're doing?" That's the ultimate compliment when someone you respect that much enjoys what you do.

But you also have Tony Hale, Nicole Richie, Jordana Brewster, Melinda Clark ... it seems like everyone is lining up for a Chuck guest spot!
They're all coming in, yeah. Alf, Ricky Schroder, we're gonna get both Gary Coleman and Emmanuel Lewis. They're gonna be like this midget ninja team ... [Laughs]

Oh, Gary Coleman ... but you do have Gary Cole, right?
Yeah, Gary Cole! "Peter -- what's happening? Listen, uh, did you get that memo?" That was the first thing I said to Gary Cole in the hair and make-up trailer and immediately I was like, I'm the same douchebag this guy meets every day.

[Laughs] So has it gotten hard for you to leave the house without people recognizing you?
No! I honestly think people look at me and they're so used to seeing me in the white shirt and the tie -- unless I'm in that, they don't make the connection. If anything, they think I'm John Krasinski. [Laughs] But hey, if I could be compared to anybody, you know, he's a good-looking, talented guy. Whatever.


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    CHUCK Adam Baldwin as Major John Casey stars in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Adam Baldwin as Major John Casey stars in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Michael Clarke Duncan as Colt and Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker star in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski and Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker star in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski and Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker star in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski, Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker and Michael Clarke Duncan as Colt star in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski stars in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski stars in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski and Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker star in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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    CHUCK Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker stars in the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date." Airs Monday, September 29, 2008.

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jean

zachary, do you know John and Chris Pugh (brother and sister), that lived in Denver in the 70's. They are friends of mine that I have lost touch with. You look as if you could be related.

January 09 2009 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jean

zachary, are you related to John and Chris Pugh(brother and sister), that lived in Denver during the 1970's? These people were friends of mine, but I have lost track of them.
Thanks for your help.

January 08 2009 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

will the season premiere be reviewed here?

September 29 2008 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Lorie

I think he kinda looks like Zach Braff from "Scrubs".

September 29 2008 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DavidMac

You know he does look a lot like John from the Office.

September 29 2008 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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