John Stamos Talks Disney+’s ‘Big Shot’ Season 2


Premiering on Disney+ October 12th is the second season of the popular series ‘Big Shots,’ which was created by David E. Kelley, Dean Lorey, and Brad Garrett.

The series stars John Stamos as Marvyn Korn, who following a scandal is fired from his job as a college basketball coach and moves to California to coach a high school girls’ basketball team.

In addition to Stamos, the cast also includes Yvette Nicole Brown, Sara Echeagaray, Jessalyn Gilsig, Cricket Wampler, Sophia Mitri Schloss, Nell Verlaque, Tisha Custodio, and Tiana Le.

Moviefone recently had the pleasure of speaking with John Stamos about the second season of ‘Big Shot,’ how he named the series, his character, how he’s changed, being a parent, introducing boys to the series, and how the death of Bob Saget inspired one of the season’s storylines.

John Stamos stars in 'Big Shot' season 2 on Disney+.

John Stamos stars in ‘Big Shot’ season 2 on Disney+.

You can read the full interview below or click on the video player above to watch our interviews with John Stamos, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sara Echeagaray, Jessalyn Gilsig, Cricket Wampler, Sophia Mitri Schloss, Nell Verlaque, Tisha Custodio, and Tiana Le.

Moviefone: To begin with, is it true that you actually came up with the name for the series?

John Stamos: Right. I came up with that name. Brad Garrett from ‘Everyone Loves Raymond,’ he had the idea and he pitched it David Kelly years ago. The original title, it was called ‘The Big Ugly’ or something like that. I said “No, we’re not calling it ‘The Big Ugly.’” I just started pitching stuff and ‘Big Shot’ seemed to stick.

A big shot to me is not like in the Billy Joel song. Big Shot to me is a good person, a good human, somebody who does their best. Marvyn talks about that a lot. At the end of the day, can you look in the mirror and say, “I did my very best today. I was a good person. I was loving. I was kind.” That’s what I’ve learned from the character I think too.

MF: Can you talk about how Marvyn Korn has changed between since season one?

JS: Just a little bit. That’s the beauty of it. I love that he learns, and I love that he can say I’m sorry. Usually he’ll stick his foot in his mouth. He’s growing, and he’s evolving. There’re just new challenges all the time that comes up with him now that his daughter’s a little older.

He wasn’t a present father and so he learned that last season. There’s a lot of controversy. A lot of sparks going with Emma, my daughter and I love it. The show got lighter in places. We spent a little more time with the girls and some of the fun stuff that they would do and then it gets deeper. I’m always gravitating towards the dramatic stuff.

John Stamos in 'Big Shot' season 2.

John Stamos in ‘Big Shot’ season 2. Photo: Disney/Christopher Willard.

MF: How is Marvyn dealing with being a father now?

JS: He tries. That’s the thing, he tries. He wants to be a good parent. I think last season at the end of the year, he nailed it. He thought it was about spending time or discipline. It is all that, but at the end of the day, it’s about sacrifices and sacrificing something that you want for the good of your child.

You don’t win a trophy at the end of the day, get a banner or a ring. What you do get is a better, smarter, more loving version of you out there in the world. That’s a good lesson and that’s obviously what I try to bring home to my family and my son.

MF: Is it true that one of the storylines this season was based on the passing of your friend Bob Saget?

JS: Yeah. We started the show a few months after Bob Saget passed away and I pitched a story where Marvyn loses a friend, a mentor, and starts to question his legacy. When Bob died, he just got this outpouring of love that was rarely seen. The sad thing was that he didn’t know how loved he was, I don’t think. He didn’t know how important he was to people and how many lives that he’s changed.

I wanted Marvyn to be able to hear it from the girls. At the graduation the girls get together, and they tell me what I meant to them and the world, and it’s nice when people get to hear what they mean to people. That’s what Bob did. He left nothing on the table. He always told you how much he loved you and how proud he was of you. You walked away feeling better when you spent time with Bob. He was incredibly human.

Charlie Hall in 'Big Shot' season 2.

(L to R) Charlie Hall in ‘Big Shot’ season 2. Photo: Disney/Christopher Willard.

MF: Finally, this season will introduce boys to the campus of Westbrook High School, how will that change the dynamics of the show?

JS: Boys, yeah. It was very smart, and it just opened up a lot. The guys are really good. One of them is the son of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Charlie and he’s a big, tall, handsome guy. They’re great.

I was the youngest guy on the set over the years. I was the teenager looking up to everybody and I grabbed my mentors over the years, and people I worked with and now I’m the old guy having to pay it forward. I accept the responsibility and I enjoy it. The girls are just full of life and love. They’re fun, they’re happy and they’re fearless. They come to the set and I learned from them as well.

John Stamos, Tisha Custodio, Nell Verlaque, Tiana Le, Cricket Wampler, Sara Echeagaray in 'Big Shot' season 2.

(L to R) John Stamos, Tisha Custodio, Nell Verlaque, Tiana Le, Cricket Wampler, Sara Echeagaray in ‘Big Shot’ season 2. Photo: Disney/Christopher Willard.


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