LL Cool J’s advice when Barrett Foa performed poorly

the NCIS: Los Angeles
the cast members get along both on and off the set. They support each other and sometimes offer advice. This is what Barrett Foa once said about the advice LL Cool J gave him before a difficult performance.

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ cast members get along

Barrett Foa and LL Cool J at NCIS Los Angeles |  Cliff Lipson / CBS via Getty Images
Barrett Foa and LL Cool J at NCIS Los Angeles | Cliff Lipson / CBS via Getty Images

Like the other shows on NCIS franchise, the NCIS LA The cast members seem to get along and enjoy working together. During a 2017 panel discussion for The Paley Center for Media, Eric Christian Olsen (Marty Deeks) compared being on set with his castmates to being in high school and then in college.

“We’ve been on the show for 190 episodes,” says Olsen. “So when you think about it, it’s eight years. It’s like going to high school and then college, with the same people every day for 10 months without graduating. The fact that we have this chemistry after so long, I think is remarkable. “

In a separate interview, Daniela Ruah describes LL Cool J, Chris O’Donnell and Eric Christian Olsen as her “older brothers”. She says she “loves them deeply” and sees them as family. “They are literally my older brothers,” says Ruah. “I love them and will protect them in any way I can, but at the same time they drive me crazy like a real brother would.”

LL Cool J’s advice to Barrett Foa before a challenging performance

During an interview with the hosts of The conversationFoa shares the advice LL Cool J gave him before a tough performance he was scheduled to give at a club. He says he is used to singing in front of an audience, but there was a problem. One of the songs Foa was supposed to sing was very long. He decided to ask LL Cool J. for help. The rapper / actor suggested a simple solution: a teleprompter. Here’s what Foa says about LL Cool J’s performance and tips:

I had to do something in a small club on the weekends. I was doing this side gig. I was playing a computer nerd during the week and then I was a rock star the weekend. So it was fun. It was this little club, a hundred seats, a kind of bar. And basically, in two days I had to learn five songs. Now, I’m a Broadway performer, that’s my old life in New York. The songs, fine. But one of those songs was “Bust a Move”.

It is such a long song, and I had two days to learn all these lyrics. Then i call [LL Cool J’s] trailer and then I’m like, ‘I’m having trouble with these lyrics. I have all these letters to learn, and he’s like [in LL Cool J’s voice], ‘Do you have a teleprompter?’ It is a 100 seat club, there is no teleprompter. But basically, I bit the bullet and learned it.

Foa went on to put on a great show. Here is a video of him performing “Bust a Move”.

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