Things got heavy — literally — during the TCA Cable Press Tour last week when Eric Esch (better known as the 400 pound heavyweight boxer Butterbean) took the stage to discuss his new series, “Big Law: Deputy Butterbean.”
In the reality TV show, Esch, who has been deputized by the Walker County Sheriff’s office, partners with fellow deputy Adam Hadder to bust bad guys in and around his hometown of Jasper, Alabama. When one journalist wondered if Steven Seagal’s short-lived show, “Steven Seagal: Lawman” was an inspiration, though, that idea was quickly smacked to the matt.
Though producer Lorri Leighton dodged the question by praising Esch, Hadder wasn’t as political. “Butterbean’s much better than Seagal,” he joked.
Esch agreed, adding, “And cuter, by the way. Just thought I’d throw it out there. Well, a lot cuter.”