John Stamos isn’t looking for another “Full House” – yet.
“I have one more fight in me before I am put out to pasture and jump on a family sitcom again,” the actor says.
“I have turned down a lot of stuff. Right now, I am at that place in my life where I have no idea what I am doing tomorrow. It is the most frightening and exhilarating moment that I have had in a long time.”
Stamos, 47, returns to living rooms this week as a special guest star on “Law & Order: SVU” – as a man who has tricked almost four dozen women into becoming pregnant.
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“It is really truly the farthest thing I have ever done on TV from who I really am,” Stamos says.
“There is quite a dramatic ending to this show that I have never seen before. It is not illegal what he is doing (poking holes in condoms), you know. So somebody kind of takes their own stand and brings justice. I will say there is more blood involved in that scene than I saw in ‘ER’ in four years.”
Stamos – who recently completed a four episode appearance on “Glee” – spoke with reporters Monday about the his career, becoming “fearless,” and the one role he refuses to take.
How have you managed to remain relevant so long?
It baffles me. I think doing some of these popular shows has been good for me. “Entourage.” And certainly “Glee.”
Can you speak about your appearance on “Glee?” Did it run a little shorter than you thought?
You know, I went in to that because I love the show and I love Ryan Murphy. I would have been happy with one episode. I got to do four, which is more than most people get to do. It was everything I wanted. I made great friends. I had a great time. It was challenging too. To be put on a show that is up and running and to be around such talented people, you really have to rise to the occasion. They work very fast on that show. That show is a miracle. I have watched it before. I have been in the middle of it and I still don’t know how they do it. It is magical what they do on that show. One line or four episodes would be great.
You got your start on “General Hospital.” Any thoughts on the recent loss of so many soaps?
Stamos:If it wasn’t for “General Hospital” I wouldn’t be talking to you right now. I give a lot of credit to that show. It really prepared me. It wasn’t just a springboard. It was Acting 101. You really had to come and bring a lot of different emotions, which really prepared me for television. I think it is really sad, obviously. For everything it did for me. The training, the launch it gave me … it is sad to think there is not some other guy out there like me that is going to get a shot on a soap opera. I just saw Demi Moore the other night and we talked about “General Hospital” for 45 minutes. About how much we loved it.
You have said you had reservations about this role initially. Why take chances at this point in your career?
You know, I could go either way. I was at a party the other night and the great George Clooney came up to me and said, “We are still around. There are not many of us that have made it this long.” And first of all, to be in the same category as him – which I am not – is very flattering. But it is true. For all intents and purposes, I should be long gone by now.
Are there any roles that are off the table for you?
Replacing anyone on a sitcom! [laughs] Read between the lines. [He’s referring to false reports he was in contention to replace Charlie Sheen on “Two and a Half Men.”]
What can fans of yours expect from this performance that they maybe haven’t ever seen before
You know, it really is kind of an interesting casting choice, because you kind of buy into, “Oh, it’s John Stamos, great with the ladies…” But then you find out (this character) is really an evil, deceptive man. If not for just very selfish reasons of procreating and wanting more of his DNA in the world. It was odd because when I started playing it, I didn’t want to get caught up in being this nefarious, evil, weird man. When his fiancé finds out he has fathered 20 children in the beginning, she looks at him and he tells her, “I told you I love babies.” Then at the end you find out that he actually fathered 47 children. And he says, “I love each and every one of them.”
“Law & Order: SVU” airs Wednesday at 10 p.m./EST on NBC