Keith David & Greg Weisman
Goliath carries a tune
Keith David: How you doing, Greg, man, I haven't talked to you for a while.

Greg Weisman: I know, it's been a while.

KD: In fact, I got your call, [but] I've been running back and forth to Utah, because I'm actually trying to… not switch careers necessarily, but the other great love of my life is singing, so I'm working on a recording contract right now.

Emru Townsend: Really!

KD: Yeah, I want to sing more. I was hoping that we would continue with Gargoyles, and one day I could sing the theme if they ever wrote one.

GW: [laughs]

That's really funny, because I was talking to my girlfriend [about the interview] today, and she said "You know, I'd like to hear Goliath sing something," and I said, "Well, I don't know if he sings..."

GW: I knew you sing. I've heard you sing, actually... not seriously, but... [everyone laughs] I've heard you sing at recording sessions. You used to joke about Gargoyles, the musical, particularly when Disney first launched the Broadway Beauty and the Beast show.

KD: Well, you know, I played Mufasa in the workshop of The Lion King.

GW: I've heard that.

KD: Now they're mounting the full production! In fact, I just did the voiceover for, you know, "Buy tickets now, for The Lion King, the musical."

GW: That's great. Are you up for Mufasa, are you thinking about that, or...?

KD: We'll see what happens. You know, Mufasa has two, maybe three scenes in the beginning of the show. And then he comes back for that one little reprise at the end. If it's a song. Right now it's not a song.

GW: Well, it's like playing the ghost of Hamlet's father. It's an important part, but it's not a big part.

KD: The thing is, you know, as much as I love The Lion King--and I love The Lion King, you know I was up for Mufasa the first time, but of course they gave it to James Earl [Jones], you know, who can blame them--the thing is, I'm not going to go back to Broadway for less money than I was making before.

Were you on Broadway before?

KD: Yes, twice.

I wasn't really aware of much of your pre-Goliath career short of movies.

KD: And the thing is, you know, that's what I worked my life for. Now I can say, "If you want me for this, this is what you've got to pay me." I don't think they're going to pay me to play Mufasa [laughs]

GW: He did Seven Guitars--here in L.A. is where I saw it, obviously--but also on Broadway.

KD: Yes, I did Seven Guitars and I did Jelly's Last Jam, and my first Broadway show was an Edward Albee play that lasted about three weeks called The Lady from Dubuque.

GW: Okay, that one I missed. [laughs]

KD: Well, brother, a whole bunch of us missed, don't worry about it. [laughs]

[laughs] Okay, now wait a minute. When I was going to start this whole thing, what I knew that you did before, aside from Goliath was some of the stuff in movies. I couldn't find a trace of you doing anything else in animation, but now I find out you were on Broadway, you sing... All right, so what started all this with performing? How long ago did you start?

KD: I came out singing, the doctor slapped me on the head, and I started singing.

Actually, I wanted to be an actor when I was two years old. My whole life, I always wanted to be an actor. Of course, I was sort of a TV junkie too. I loved old movies as a kid, so I always watched old movies. And you know TV programs, when I watched Topper? I wanted to be a bank president, when I watched Donna Reed I wanted to be a pediatrician... I also, for a long period, and it still comes up every once in a while, I used to want to be a minister. But I figured...

GW: But now he plays one on TV. [everyone laughs]

KD: Now I can do all of that!

GW: I saw you playing the minister on, uh--

KD: New York Undercover?

GW: New York Undercover. I remember you were shooting that right after I last saw you in New York, and I came back when it aired, I watched it, and you were pretty good.

KD: All right!

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