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My worst moment: 'Psych' star James Roday Rodriguez and the stomach-emptying day on set

Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Entertainment News

Running eight seasons on USA Network, the detective comedy "Psych" was distinctive for the friendship between its central duo, Shawn and Gus. Two years ago the "Psych" gang reunited for a TV movie and they are back again with yet another movie installment, "Psych 2: Lassie Come Home," premiering on NBC's streaming service Peacock.

Is it easy for stars James Roday and Dule Hill to re-generate that Shawn-Gus camaraderie again?

"It is," said Roday. "It's something of a phenomenon because even though Dule and I have grown very close and have remained close outside of 'Psych' over the years, our relationship as dudes and our rhythms and cadences with one another are not the same as these two characters. So it really is like flipping a switch."

(On Tuesday, in an interview with TVLine.com, the actor announced that going forward he will be using his birth name, Rodriguez, professionally to reflect his Mexican American heritage. He had previously been using a stage name. The opening credits in the new "Psych" movie will list him as James Roday Rodriguez.)

He counts "Psych" as a high point in his career. "You do this for a long time and it becomes very clear the good gigs from the bad gigs and the older you get the more you appreciate the good ones -- and this was the best one."

When asked to share a cringe-y moment in his career -- the kind you feel in the pit of your stomach -- he replied: "It's interesting that you say 'pit of my stomach' because the pit of my stomach is the source of this story."

 

It happened on the set of "Psych."

My worst moment ...

"I want to say it was Season 5, we were doing one of our theme episodes. I think it was called "The Head, the Tail, the Whole Damn Episode" (from 2010). This one we were kind of riffing on 'Jaws' and water movies, so we had a lot of boat work. And yes, we had been out on boats before -- speedboats, a couple big freighters; you're in Vancouver (where the series filmed), you're going to incorporate the water here and there. But we had never done a dedicated 'You're going to be out there acting full scenes on a barge the whole day and only coming back to land for lunch'-type stuff that we did in this episode.

"And I made a choice -- because I'm a grown man and grown adults can make choices -- and I made a choice the first day we were out there on the barge not to come back to land for lunch. It just seemed like it entailed a lot: Getting on the boat, going all the way back, you have just enough time to scarf something down before you have to turn around and get back on the boat to take you out to the barge. So I was like, you know what? I'm good, I have a Power Bar and I'm going to go down below deck and grab some zzz's. Because that's what I needed: To reboot and recharge the battery.

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