Kelsey Grammer lets down her gray hair to play a 1970s rock star who hasn’t made new music in decades in “The Space Between”. He opened up to Rachel Lindsay from “Extra” about the project and became moved when talking about his co-star Paris Jackson.
Grammer recalled meeting Paris when she was little, saying, “I was checking in the Waldorf and there was Michael [Jackson]. He was recording something. It was just the sweetest moment. Hell, they chased him, shot him all the time, and I thought, “How the hell do you handle this?” I had my share… He stopped to say hello… We kind of shook hands and he put on his little mask but then she said, ‘Daddy.’ Kelsey started to cry and went on to say, “And he… uh… he just hugged her and said, ‘Oh, hello, little one.’ She was so beautiful and it was just beautiful.
Paris recently open on “Red Table Talk” about the difficulty of growing up in the spotlight, saying she now suffers from paparazzi PTSD. “I sometimes experience auditory hallucinations with camera clicks and severe paranoia and went to therapy for a lot of things, but that included. I will hear a trash bag rustle and shake in panic. She added, “I think it’s standard PTSD.”
Meanwhile, Kelsey recalled, “She was the cutest thing and she’s still darn cute,” adding, “She did a great job. [in the movie]. She was a good spirit.
As for the character in Kelsey’s film, Rachel asked, “Did you base your character at least in part on real musicians?
Referring to the Led Zeppelin icon, he said, “There’s a little Robert Plant. The wig is kind of inspired by him… I sent him a picture and he emailed me back that said… ‘I heard the band is looking for a new singer.’ ”
Grammer said the part is also based on his friend, the late musician Ray Kennedy, “Some are based on Ray. Ray is gone… Part of my love for him is in that character.
Kelsey actually sings in the movie! “I loved this character, I loved to sing,” he revealed. “We wrote some really great songs.”
Fans are loving the reboot of her hit show ‘Frasier’, and Kelsey confirms, “We’re talking about coming back… It’s a third act. Some things will change. Some things will be different… These characters have a lot of mileage.