Punky is again within the anticipated Punky Brewster revival on Peacock, and whereas it brings again acquainted faces, it additionally provides some compelling new characters to the combination. One such character is Freddie Prinze Jr’s Travis, who’s Punky’s ex-husband, and whereas they’re divorced, they’re nonetheless working collectively to lift their three kids and finally Izzy, the latest addition to the household. ComicBook.com had the prospect to speak to Prinze all in regards to the collection and his character, and in relation to the parental dynamic between Travis and Izzy, it seems Prinze was very a lot impressed by DC Comics superheroes and WWE storylines.
“The Izzy scene, and you may respect this being a comic book ebook lover, is aliens on planet earth, which is principally each DC character ever,” Prinze stated. “Even Batman is principally an alien, on the skin wanting in. And that is how Travis feels and that is how this orphaned child Izzy feels. And so, there’s an immediate bond there, and I at all times clicked with individuals like that.”
Actually, that theme can also be current within the storyline he helped create involving WWE celebrity Jeff Hardy. “It was why I wrote the Jeff Hardy storyline to get him the title at Armageddon, the primary time he ever received the world title,” Prinze stated. “And your complete storyline was the way you’re an alien, an outsider wanting in at mainstream society and never understanding why you are on the skin. And that was the entire idea for the storyline, so it is one thing that I’ve at all times felt my complete life, by no means felt like I belonged right here. I used to be at all times like, no, I used to be both born within the incorrect time or the incorrect planet.”
“And that is one thing I do know effectively, so this character suited that persona trait in spades and similar with Izzy as effectively,” Prinze stated. “So that is what they bond on, is that they’re each attempting to really feel their means by means of this mainstream world that they simply know they do not slot in and so they’re by no means going to.”
As for the connection between Travis and Punky, it isn’t a contentious one, however as Prinze explains, that does not imply that there is not a highlight on the problems and errors Travis has made alongside the best way.
“They tried to organically get there by actually placing a highlight on characters’ flaws. Proper? It is not like a up to date sit-com, it is a very old-school, seventies, eighties form of vibe, the place they cope with actual stuff,” Prinze stated. “This can be a man, if you watch this present, who grew to become a musician, fell down that very same form of gap my father fell down within the seventies, began doing medication, alcohol to the purpose the place he is now not a protected father or mother. He is now not able to being father. That is why my mother filed for divorce, as a result of I would not have been protected with my dad, and she or he was proper.”
The purpose can also be a lot totally different from different exhibits in that Travis will not be targeted on successful again Punky, however quite simply being a greater particular person and father.
“So he fell down this similar gap and now, his story, which isn’t the household story and it isn’t the first story, however his story and motivation is his street again, not simply of restoration and of habit and issues like that, however of being a father and an honest human being,” Prinze stated. “It is not attempting to win Punky’s love again. He is simply attempting to earn belief proper now from greater than an grownup, from a child. And if you break belief with a child, it is gone. It is simply gone. You possibly can’t break a child’s coronary heart, you do not carry a canine spirit. These are issues that it is actual troublesome to bounce again from. So that is what he has to do and that is why I really feel the connection is, it has these traits that you simply described earlier.”
Regardless of Travis’s errors alongside the best way, there appears to be plenty of love for him from the kids and Punky as effectively, although all of them will put him on blast when wanted. “Large time love, however the eldest little one, you will see, she calls him out on some stuff all through this,” Prinze stated. “I do know they gave you guys some episodes, however later within the season, she is aware of. She is aware of, and she or he calls him out on it. However they undoubtedly present appreciation for the trouble he is placing in and he is succeeding. It is not like he is a man that is fallen down and stumbling on a regular basis. He is doing good work so far as getting again into that, into their good graces.”
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