Geoff Stults may be big on TV -- starring in a new series that starts Friday -- but he's not that big a deal in his own family. After all, George Stults is also an actor and has big-brother status. Here's the story I sent to papers:
By MIKE HUGHES
Stepping into “Enlisted,” Geoff Stults was sort of on
No, he’s never been a soldier; he’s never led an assault
team or an effort to pull a skier with a tank. But he is a brother, which is
sort of what this comedy is about.
Stults plays Pete, the first-born, idolized by one brother
and tolerated by the other. In real life, George Stults (also an actor) is the
“I’m about 40 pounds bigger than him and much taller,” said
Stults, 6-foot-3-and-a-half. “But he’s still my big brother and he reminds me
of that …. This is the first time in my life I’ve felt like a big brother.”
The idea started with someone who is one.
“My relationship with my two younger brothers is the longest,
best relationship of my life,” said producer-writer Kevin Biegel. “They’ve been
there with me through really difficult times and really great times. And we’re
still kind of locked into that 16-year-old mentality.”
So Biegel thought of a way to throw brothers into an odd
All are in the Army (as was their dad), but only Pete thrives
on combat. Then he makes a tactical mistake, slugging a colonel; he’s assigned
to a Stateside unit full of bumblers … including his brothers.
“It’s this kind of (Land of) Misfit Toys or ‘Bad News Bears’
in a rear unit …. If you cherry-picked the worst of the worst, they’re in this
unit,” Biegel said. But “they’re surrounded by people who are competent.”
One is the master sergeant, played by Keith David, who’s
done “Platoon” and other dead-serious military films. “I served with their
father,” David said of the character. “And I promised I’d take care of them if
anything ever happened.”
Now he tries to control them and Pete tries to ignore him
while doing big-brother duty.
The Stults boys were born in Detroit and grew up in
Colorado. George, now 38 and 6-foot, had a college wrestling scholarship;
Geoff, 36, was a football receiver, even playing a little pro ball in Europe.
Both were in “7th Heaven” (as brothers, logically); Geoff has gone
on to regular roles in six more series.
This time, he said, the filming was done in a spot that
“used to be an insane asylum and is now a college … with open spaces and a lot of
things that looked like barracks and things.”
There, actors found that any day could bring a new
assignment, including tank-skiing. “For
most of us,” Stults said, “it’s like, ‘Hey, this is going to be a great day.’
For one of us, this is the best day of his life.”
-- “Enlisted,” 9:30 p.m. Fridays, Fox
-- Debuts Jan. 10