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Fred Savage Wasn’t Interested In TV Return, Turned Down ‘The Grinder’ 3 Times

Thu, June 11, 2015 12:05pm EDT by Emily Longeretta Add first Comment
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‘The Grinder’ almost didn’t feature Fred Savage. The EPs of Fox’s new show had to actually ‘beg’ the actor to star in his show, they revealed to HollywoodLife.com exclusively during ATX TV Festival. So, what was Fred’s reasoning?

Fred Savage grew up on TV and in the movies — we all saw Little Monsters and we all got hooked on Winnie and Kevin on The Wonder Years. That being said, acting as an adult “was not part of the plan,” the 38-year-old actor told HollywoodLife.com during a sit down interview in Austin, Texas. So when the EPs for Fox’s new show, The Grinder, saw something different and unique in him, he needed some talking into! Luckily, it worked.

“I wasn’t really interesting in acting. It was not part of the plan. You know, I acted when I was younger,” Fred told us at ATX TV Festival on June 7. ” So going back to acting wasn’t a plan of mine, but I read the script and I thought it was really really great, really funny, great parts, [and I’m a] big Rob [Lowe] fan. I still wasn’t that interested.” Luckily, one of his friends worked on the show and forced him to come in and meet the team. And when he did, he couldn’t turn it down. “It was really fun, and I was thinking, ‘Well, what a great way to spend a couple of weeks, hanging out with this group of really fun, creative people, working on an interesting script.'”

Executive producers Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul joked that Fred turned down the show probably three times before they “begged” him to star alongside Rob. “Fred was the first person to bring his own energy to the character that could stand up to Rob,” Andrew said. “That’s what we were having a hard time finding. A lot of people were getting trampled by him, and Fred had his own thing going.”

Fred plays the role of Stewart, a small-town lawyer, and son of a lawyer who is very by-the-books. When his brother Dean (Lowe) comes to town fresh off a canceled TV series, The Grinder, conflict follows — his brother thinks since he played a lawyer on TV, he can easily do Stewart’s job. The chemistry between Fred and Rob is absolutely flawless, so make sure you tune into Fox this fall on Tuesdays!

— Emily Longeretta