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‘Glee,’ Yes. Confidence, No.

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Falchuk’s introduction was more indirect; he heard Stamos on Howard Stern’s radio show this summer. “Howard has a way of needling people to get the most real out of them,” he says. “And he was just being awful to John. But it was entertaining to hear someone who was getting beat up but was still there and coming back for more. They were like two yentas, being so petty, and I was like, ‘This is the best.’ ” It should be noted that Stern and Stamos are friends. (Stamos is clearly a fan of barbed comedy. In addition to Rickles and Saget, he’s also good friends with South Park’s Matt Stone.)

The first Glee scene Stamos shot gave him a taste of what was to come. “I don’t think it was even in the script,” he says of the moment cast member Heather Morris, in a see-through bodysuit, writhed on his lap as he reclined in Carl’s dentist chair (for the “I’m a Slave 4 U” sequence of the Britney Spears episode). “In my mind I thought it would be one flash,” Stamos says. “And all of a sudden I felt like I was in a strip club. It was like, ‘Okay, I’m on Glee now.’ ” For his own musical number, in the upcoming, much-ballyhooed Rocky Horror episode, he’ll burst through a wall on a motorcycle to sing Meat Loaf’s “Whatever Happened to Saturday Night.” He was relieved to learn he would not be performing alone: “I kind of use Emma as a lady prop.”

Stamos echoes even fans of Glee in “wondering if the show’s too much sometimes. On the other hand, it’s working,” he says, adding “I guess you have to be careful what you say, but I’m not.” Stamos laughs, and for a split second, he sounds like a guy who might burst into a room. Then he’s back to himself, earnest, a little worried. “So what did people think of last week’s episode? Did they think it was too much?”


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