Transcript of Steve Harris' Appearance on the Rosie O'Donnell Show
March 7, 2001
Rosie: Please welcome back to the show cutie pootie Steve Harris
[Steve comes out looking quite handsome in a blue pullover sweater and black pants. He and Rosie hugs and he sits on the couch.]
Rosie: Well, how are you?
Steve: I’m doing very well. Its good to see you.
Rosie: Everything alright?
Steve: Everything is going very well. Very well. I’m a little disappointed, I thought that I would be running the firm by now. (laughing)
Rosie: So did I actually.
Steve: I almost got it but they gave it to the guy with the blue eyes.
Rosie: If you did hadn’t gotten him off for the murder thing, you would have been running the firm.
Steve: Right (laughing) When I got the script it was kind of funny, I was like, hum? Maybe if I’m really bad they’ll kill him off. (laughing) Naw, naw, I’m just joking.
Rosie: You know Third Watch? You ever watch that?
Steve: Yeah it’s a good show. A very good show?
Rosie: The lead guy, they killed him off last week. They didn’t even tell you that they were going to do it. When I was watching The Practice, I thought, well maybe his contract was up.
Steve: No. No, no (laughing) We wouldn’t let Dylan go. We want him on the team. Dylan is exceptional. I’m teasing, I know I’m going to get this back at work.
Rosie: So are you proud of your little brother, who was in Remember the Titans?
[Rosie holds up a photo of Wood and Ryan Hurst from Remember the Titans]
Steve: Yeah! That’s my little brother right there (pointing to Wood in the photo – the audience wildly applaudes). Yeah, ah I’m incredibly proud of him. He was also Jimi Hendrix, when he played Hendrix on Showtime. And then he did Remember the Titans. Things have been going well for him. He’s out there doing his thang. I have to say I’m more proud of his success than any successes of mine.
Rosie: Of course, he’s your baby brother.
Steve: Yeah, that’s right and he was at the Image Awards last night. First time for him to take mom.
Rosie: I understand that you recently spoke to your idol.
Steve: Yeah, my idol being Sidney Poitier. Yeah, as a matter of fact, he was honored at the Image Awards inducted into the Hall of Fame. I called his people because I wanted him to be apart of the show. Either direct or act or whatever, I figured that I could make the Practice do it. (laughs). One day I get a call in my dressing room saying that Sydney Poitier was calling and I was like yeah right. But as soon as I heard his voice I was like “blahblahbah”. I mean I was literally speechless and those who know me know that is never the case. So, I had to apologize, I told him that I had a better understanding of the English language. Eventually, I did meet him and it is very gratifying to know that someone you looked up to thinks that what you do is exceptional.
TRANSLATERS NOTE: From this point on Rosie and Steve began discussing how amazed that they are when celebrities that they admire actually know their work. For Steve it was Angie Dickerson (Police Woman) and for Rosie, Bette Midler. Steve stated that some of his favorite actors were Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman and John Amos. He especially admired John for his role as James Evans in Good Times, because he projected a strong father image. Rosie asked Steve he knew that John Amos played Gordy the Weatherman on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Which he didn't know. Then they got into a debate as to which show was the best Mary Tyler Moore or All in the Family.
Steve choice: All in the Family
Rosie’s Choice: The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Steve told Rosie that he would be working on a movie this summer with Steven Spielberg and her “Tommy” being Tom Cruise. The name of the movie is Minority Report. [Note: according the Hollywood Reporter, principle photography will begin in April]. Steve is planning a revival of the play “The Great White Hope” for Broadway next summer. He stated that his first and true love is the stage and is the reason why he got into the business of acting.