Kevin Hef­fer­nan


The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Celebrity Q&a -

When did you realize that you re­ally needed a woman fire­fighter to stir up more hu­mor?

Well, you know, orig­i­nally when we con­ceived of the show, one of the ideas was kind of

ex­plor­ing the gen­der is­sues that are in the fire sta­tion in a funny way. You know, as we talked to fire­fight­ers we found out that about three per­cent of all fire­fight­ers in the U.S. are women, and if you do the math that means 97 per­cent are men . ... And so, it’s a world that’s still kind of a boys club, and the idea was that we would have some fun ex­plor­ing that.

And so, I think when we orig­i­nally made the pi­lot it was the story of Lucy (played by Hassie Harrison) join­ing the fire sta­tion, and then the idea was ... if we’re go­ing to have to punc­ture the boys club why don’t we do an episode or two where we es­tab­lish the boys club, so you see what it’s like to punc­ture it. So that was the idea. But it was about the very strong kind of woman char­ac­ter at the cen­ter of the show, al­ways, for us.

What is the sig­nif­i­cance of the mus­tache? Is that just a “Su­per Troop­ers” con­nec­tion or is that how you guys just nor­mally go about your day?

When we did it for “Su­per Troop­ers” (the 2001 com­edy movie that he wrote and starred in) we realized TV’s dif­fer­ent. Like “Su­per Troop­ers,” you grew a mus­tache and then you shaved it af­ter a cou­ple weeks. I’m stuck with this sucker now. I’m stuck with this thing for a while, and my kids don’t like it, and my wife doesn’t like it, and now it’s be­come part of me.

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