The Journal News from White Plains, New York on April 10, 1987 · Page 29
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The Journal News from White Plains, New York · Page 29

White Plains, New York
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Friday, April 10, 1987
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THE JOURNAL-NEWS, FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 1987 'Duet' actor finds link between character, his own personality By Lane Crockett Gannett News Service Why wouldn't Matthew Laurance. like his Ben Coleman role in the Fox Broadcasting Co.'s new romantic comedy series "Duet"? Coleman is a romantic. Laur-ance calls himself the biggest romantic in the world. "I love the show," says Laur-ance. "It's about an adult relationship. These are two intelligent people who care about important values, romance and things ... well, that are important." In "Duet," premiering with two episodes at 9 p.m. April 19 on Fox's 108 independent-station market, Laurance's Coleman is a mystery novelist who literally meets the woman of his dreams in Mary Page Keller as Laura Kelly, a successful caterer in Venice, Calif. The supporting regulars are Jodi Thelen as Jane, Laura's sister; Chris Lemmon as Richard Phillips, Ben's best friend; Alison LaPlaca as Linda, Richard's wife and Bo the dog as Reuben, Ben's mutt. Values are very important to Ben, says Laurance, who appeared in such films as "Eddie and the A CINFPLEX ODEON COMPANY r a i I r t - w i SR. CITIZENS WITH I.D. $3.00 EXCEPT FRI. & SAT. EVES. BARGAIN MATINEES $Q00 1UT SHOW ONLY TO CAPACITY O SATURDAY. SUNDAY I WEDNESDAY OMIT LETHAL WEAPON B:l 10:20 00 BLIND DATE 7:4.10:00 TIN MEN 8:2010:40 00 PLATOON 8:1.10:35 SECRET OF MY SUCCESS 7:30 9:55 P&l3i Cruisers" and "St. Elmo's Fire." "He's very sensitive and cares about people. He has a very quick wit. I have one sometimes. He's a jock, and so am I. I played sports all the way through school. I was a big basketball player good, not tall. "The character is very much like me. In fact, the writers are now writing for me as Matthew as they watch what I'm doing on the set. If I had written a part for myself, I couldn't have done any better than this." Unlike the legendary W.C. Fields, Laurance doesn't worry at all about playing scenes with an animal. Ben often talks with his dog Reuben while typing out his mystery stories. "Bo is the greatest. I love animals. His trainer has become a real good friend of mine. He said the other day he had never seen the dog perform so well. That's a real compliment. Bo is beginning to listen to me, too. If I tell him to stop doing something, he'll stop. Fields just had a problem. He was usually drunk. I haven't been there yet." Laurance, whose twin brother, Mitchell, is a regular on CBS' new TOWN NEW CITY 634-5100 MAIN ST ClARKSTOWN SHOPPING CTR 0 MICHAEL J. FOX In The Secret of My SuCCeSS Hilarious! DAICIftlt. ADI7HMA NEWSWEEK linmillM nuifcviwi "Roxie" sitcom, was hired for "Duet" before Keller. Laurance read with many actresses. Then the auditions moved to New York and there materialized Mary Page Keller. Immediately, Laurance says, they had found Laura. " 'Duet' will be trying to get you to like these two people. It's like on 'Moonlighting, where you like Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd for different reasons. Here, in 'Duet,' are two people who really care and show that from the beginning. Now, we just hope viewers give us a chance to develop." "Duet" has completed 11 episodes. Laurance says he keeps getting asked how the show can keep the relationship going, after the two begin living together. "I think it's weird that people think you can't maintain the relationship. A relationship opens up all kinds of possibilities. "A good thing about our writers is that they are writing from their own experiences. As an actor, it's easy to say their lines. I have worked with the other type and that can be a real struggle in being convincing." DIY M RT 59 SPRING VALLEY SHOPPING MALL Acad Awd Winner (Best Actorl PAUL NEWMAN THE COLOR OF MONEY SJhree For The Road t-T.IM .tli,-Nl.-,rjHiy.-.rJW!T.1Maai.l-l.ll.-iU1 III I fx 1 WESTCHESTER "WHOOPI MAKES OFF WITH YOUR FUNNYBONE!" 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