Guest Programmer: Drew Scott - 3/8
Canadian actor/entrepreneur Drew Scott, TCM Guest Programmer for March, is best known for co-hosting the home-renovation program Property Brothers with his identical twin, Jonathan. The reality show is produced by Cineflix Media and has aired in more than 150 countries including the U.S. (HGTV) and Canada (W Network). On the show, real estate expert Drew and contractor Jonathan help clients find, buy and renovate their dream homes.
Drew, with his background in acting and comedy improv, has appeared in many films and TV programs including the 2017 edition of Dancing with the Stars. Together, the Scott brothers have also worked on numerous television projects, recordings of country songs and business ventures including cruises and a line of furniture. They co-authored two books, Dream Home: The Property Brothers' Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House, and a memoir called It Takes Two: Our Story.
Drew Scott was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and raised on a ranch near that city. In conversation with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, Drew explains that his father, James Scott, had emigrated to Canada from Scotland as a young man after being inspired by American Western movies. "With no money to his name, he worked his way over on a ship," Drew explains. "He lived out his life dream and became a cowboy."
One of his father's inspirations was Scott's first programming choice, High Noon (1952), the famous Western starring Gary Cooper. "He looks like my dad, he acts like my dad," says Scott, who grew up watching Cooper movies with his father. "Sometimes I would do double takes in some of those movies because that is my dad and his character - tall, dark and handsome, and a strong man who is all about family and supporting those in need. That's how I was raised."
Scott describes his second programming pick, To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), as "another movie my dad loved, and another one where my dad looks just like the lead actor in it. He says he remembers studying Harper Lee's novel in school, and watches this film about "every five years or so. I really love the story, especially coming from a time when racism was rampant... It blows my mind that a movie made so many years ago is still so relevant today. That's sad in a sense, but it's still a nice lesson."
Another choice, the Steven Spielberg backed supernatural thriller Poltergeist (1982) directed by Tobe Hooper, also takes Scott back to his childhood. Looking back on his first viewing, he remembers that "At first I was really scared, but then I was fascinated by it." Watching the performance of Heather O'Rourke as the child in the film made it less terrifying because he thought that "if this tiny little girl can be intrigued rather than scared, maybe that's how I would react!"
Scott's final pick is another Spielberg production, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). He describes this one as "a movie that actually inspires you about the idea of something new, something unknown - encountering aliens." "In a lot of alien movies, a war is being started with the extra-terrestrial," he notes. "But this movie was about showing a positive reaction in connecting. It also has a message about acceptance, equality - a lot of issues that we still have today."
by Roger Fristoe