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Simon Helberg was a major reason for fans tuning in, and giving The Big Bang Theory a try. The actor was adored by fans, his wardrobe and hairstyle were unique to say the least – while he was also loved by his fellow castmates behind the scenes.
In the following, we’re going to take a closer look at his relationship to the show behind the scenes. We’ll reveal if he ever had any creative input when it came to Howard, and if he swayed the writers for certain storylines.
Given the amount of hilarious moments the actor enjoyed on the show, fans are inclined to believe that he at least improvised some moments. However, that might not be the case as the actor revealed in a past interview. Let’s take a closer look!
Simon Helberg Revealed He Had No Control Over The Future Of Howard’s Character On The Big Bang Theory
When it came to the future of Howard on The Big Bang Theory, the actor confirmed he had no inclination where his character was going throughout the series, especially given that the writing team was coming up with content on the spot, as they went on. It was like a feeling out process for the writing team.
However, the actor did state in past interviews that he wasn’t the biggest fan of the sleazy version of Howard, and much preferred when he settled down with Bernadette.
Helberg revealed alongside Collider, “Well, I don’t have any influence on where the show goes, nor do I know. I don’t think they even really know. They tend to feel it as it goes. They obviously have some ideas, but I don’t think they are married to ideas, particularly if it doesn’t work as well as they’d hoped, or if one thing works better. They adapt incredibly well to that. So, I have no idea what’s to come.”
By fans, and a lot of his castmates, Simon Helberg was considered the funniest of the bunch. This leads fans to believe that he improvised some his memorable moments on Big Bang. However, the actor confirmed in the same interview that this was not the case…
Simon Helberg Confirmed That He Did Not Improvise Lines, And That The Writing Team Did A Great Job During The Series
In the same interview with Collider while Big Bang Theory was still on the air, Helberg did confirm that at times multiple takes would take place, with different versions of a scene. However, for the most part, the actors on the show were sticking to a script, and weren’t coming up with their own dialogue.
“The writers write and the actors act. I’ve worked very differently before. There are a lot of changing lines while we’re taping, and coming up with jokes, punching it up and rewriting scenes.”
The actor continues, “My impulse is always to try to contribute, but very quickly, I felt that that wasn’t necessarily the way that this show worked. n some ways, it’s a great harmony. They are fantastic. It does take a little bit of courage to say, “Hey, how about this?,” but that’s just because they’re so great at what they do.”
This statement was validated by Kevin Sussman, who also revealed that the actors were sticking to the script. Sussman went on to add that he loved appearing on the show given the ambiance backstage, and how easy it was for everyone to get along. That was clearly the case with not only the cast, but with the cast and writing team as well.
Simon Helberg Revealed That Fans Didn’t Always Have Positive Feedback About The Big Bang Theory
Simon Helberg received a lot of praise for The Big Bang Theory. However, there was a moment in time in which ‘fans’ would approach the actor for all the wrong reasons, telling the star how much they disliked the show…
He revealed alongside Cinema Blend, “Famously, the introduction that people tend to make to me, particularly when the show was on, they would come up and they would say, ‘Listen, I hate your show, but…’ That’s the way they would start talking to me. Like, I mean everyday. ‘I can’t stand your show, but my…’ and then it would be fill in the blank.”
Helberg continues, “My uncle, my brother, my bus driver from high school, my rabbi, my dentist, my whatever. And I was sort of like, ‘You are all of these people, aren’t you? There is no other. This is not about your ophthalmologist. You like the show!’ No, maybe you don’t, but they’d come up, and I started getting very angry.”
Despite the negative reaction, Helberg enjoyed 12 successful seasons on the series, despite the fact that he almost backed out given his commitment to another sitcom at the time. It all worked out for Helberg, and he continues to thrive in different genres these days. A complete actor.