Zap2it is on the scene at San Diego Comic-Con, the celebration of geeks everywhere — and no show celebrates geeks more than “The Big Bang Theory.” On the Friday afternoon panel Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady, Steve Malaro, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, and Melissa Rauch joined Chris Hardwick, the Bradley Cooper of Comic-Con, for a chat.
Prady says that the show was inspired by people he worked with when he was in computer programming. “I don’t think we were doing a show about nerd culture. We were doing a show about people we liked,” he says.
Lorre adds, “It wasn’t about nerds, it was about extraordinary people, and it still is. It’s about great people.”
Parsons discussed his beloved character, Sheldon, noting that when he joined the show he had little concern for its potential success; he was just excited about the experience. “I really wanted to say these words that they’d written for Sheldon. I don’t know necessarily a good show when I see it, I didn’t know whether it would work or not, but I did want to say these lines that he said.”
“You trust Chuck Lorre when he says this is a good idea, but it really
wasn’t until the first table read when I heard everybody do their thing,
and it was like, now I get it,” Galecki adds.
Sheldon is a unique character in that he’s often disconnected from emotion, but Parsons says he doesn’t worry much about making him relatable. “I didn’t think about it in that way, I guess. I didn’t try to make him sympathetic, I didn’t try to garner any empathy for him. I always felt empathy for him. He’s always seemed very human to me. I guess that’s it. I’ve never suspected from the moment I read the first line that he had any nefarious meaning or that he did lack emotion… It is what it is and he’s a lovely fellow.”
Later, Nayyar was asked about his Bollywood moment with Rauch. “[Bollywood is] really handsome and goodlooking people dancing around and making love in the rain and crying a lot,” he explains. “It’s beautiful. It was very cool shooting that scene with Melissa. She’s a great singer and a great dancer and very Indian, inside of her system. You know what I mean.”
Later, Rauch and Helberg had an impromptu Mrs. Wolowitz-impression competition, which Rauch won easily. “What is this Comic-Con you’re at? Is it some kind of sex convention I saw on 20/20?” she croaked.
Helberg was a graceful loser. “She’s little, but she’s strong.”
“It’s the Indian in me,” Rauch replied, and the entire room promptly fell in love with her.
Of course, the big question is how the Season 4 cliffhanger, in which Penny slept with Raj, will play out when the show returns on Sept 22. “There will be a resolution and we think whichever way you came down on what happened, you’ll be happy with how it works out,” Prady said very carefully. “Steve and I worked on that for a while.” Super vague! Luckily, Johnny Galecki filled in some of the blanks yesterday.