David Harbour Thought STRANGER THINGS Would Bomb
Stranger Things 4 is currently filming. And last night David Harbour told The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that he thought the show was gonna be a complete disaster.
“I was sure it was gonna be a complete disaster and a big failure before it came out,” he says. “I remember when we were shooting, we would all sit around talking about how terrible it was gonna be, mainly because of my performance. I thought I was tanking the show. And then, before it came out, you normally see things on buses. I live in New York, I’m wandering around, buses, phone booths, there are ads for shows. Not a single ad. Three weeks before the show, a week before the show, and I was doing a play with a friend who’s on a very successful television program, and I said to him, ‘No ads, no ads. I guess they’re doing some kind of new campaign.’ He said, ‘No, they’re burying the show.’ And I said, ‘What does that mean, burying the show? I don’t understand your television lingo.’ And he said, ‘They hate the show, they’re trying to make sure no one watches it.'”
He continues, “And then the show came out and it was an overnight zeitgeist success. My phone, I have a bunch of telephone numbers in my phone for people that, like, I’ll have a driver, five years ago, say, ‘Put my number in your phone,’ and I put it in the phone, and then I would get texts from drivers from the last 10 years, ‘I saw Stranger Things. It’s so good!‘”
He adds, “That’s when I knew it took off, but before that, I thought it was gonna be nothing, then people sort of embraced it and it became this grassroots event and it’s very gratifying.”
Watch his full interview below.