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Interview: Thomas Lennon gets naked, talks ‘Franklin & Bash’

If you want to feel kind of lazy and possibly insecure about your own inability to finish a single load of laundry, talk to Thomas Lennon about his schedule. He’s written a bunch of scripts with “The State” and “Reno 911” co-star Robert Ben Garant (look for their big screen takes on “Baywatch” and “Night at the Museum 3” soon). He’s written a book, also with Garant, about how to break into Hollywood (“Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!”) Plus, he shows up in, well, pretty much everything. He’s also grown a most excellent mustache, which is more than enough, really. 

In addition to playing a mean boss this fall on the new NBC show “Sean Saves the World,” he’s a bounty hunter with self-control issues on “Franklin & Bash” tonight at 9:00 p.m. on TNT (if you missed that, don’t worry — he’ll remind you). His secret? Being kind of compulsive, though perhaps not in a crippling O.C.D.-I-left-the-iron-on-and-must-wash-my-hands-400-times kind of way. He even carved a few minutes out of an admittedly crazy schedule to talk with me and take off his clothes (well, that’s what he said, anyway; it was a phone interview). Here’s what he had to say about his Hollywood and Vine doppleganger, his “feud” with Breckin Meyer, and leaving bun prints on Linda Lavin’s car. 

Great to get a hold of you. I know you’re busy with “Sean Saves the World,” but what are you doing right now?
Right now I’m lying around naked in my dressing room. I just like to leave all the costume stuff out there outside the door. I thought I could use the fresh air on my naked body. Right now I’m going to step outside so I can gently rest my buns on Linda Lavin’s car. Oh, oh… that’s warmer than I thought it would be. 
Just as an update, I’m sitting nude on Linda Lavin’s car. When I have a mustache like this, no one tells me what to do. It’s pretty amazing.
So, is this why mustaches are back? They give people super powers? I thought it might be an ode to “Magnum P.I.” but I guess not.
I think it probably is why mustaches are back, a pretty big part . Although I am available for that, if we reboot “Magnum P.I.” I think anyone can see that my role in this episode of “Franklin & Bash,” which airs tomorrow at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, really sets me up for that. You see, there’s  more stunts and running than I usually do, so it’s perfect.  
Speaking of which, tell me about your role. You’re a bounty hunter?
Here’s the thing. When you picture Tom Lennon, you picture macho, of course. I know that my playing a bounty hunter seems like a stretch, but when I stand next to Breckin Meyer, he makes me look incredibly macho in comparison. He’s very lithe. In this episode, I’m chasing people, plus you get to see my cool way with weaponry .
I associate you with Lieutenant Dangle, so it’s not a huge stretch, but how did they come to cast you?
I was told they wrote the part for me. If you look it up, Breckin [Meyer] and I had this huge feud, and this is a great part of the healing process. We’re working past the hurt. But go look for it, the TMZ feud that we had. It’s action packed, and it’s funny. 
This isn’t a great connection. Did you say you had a feud with Breckin Meyer?  
We had a feud that’s very easy to find on TMZ. If you just google Thomas Lennon and Breckin Meyer, it should pop up. 
So, are you represented by his character, Jared Franklin, on the show? That sounds awkward-slash-funny. 
I am represented by both Franklin and Bash, but I’m accused of roughing up a witness and going beyond the law. I’m not saying whether I’m wrongfully or rightfully accused of excessive force, but those guys try to save my neck. 
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