In 1989, the Fred Savage and Howie Mandel children’s film Little Monsters was released, which centers on a boy who befriends the monster under his bed. However, looking back in a recent interview for the Blu-ray release of the film, he wouldn’t do it all again if he had to.
In the special feature on the Blu-ray titled “Call Me Maurice,” Mandel discusses his early career in showbusiness, which led him to the role of Maurice, a character where he had to spend hours in makeup. “When little monsters was presented to me, I went, ‘Okay,’ without any thought of what it would mean,” Mandel explained. “You know it’s a nice experience. I met nice people. I had a nice time personally. Physically, it almost killed me. And I wouldn’t have done that. It’s not good to spend a summer in the Carolinas wrapped in latex.”
Cut in with some of the interview is footage from Mandel in the makeup chair on the film’s set. The comedian has been very open about his battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for most of his life, and spoke about it in detail in his 2009 autobiography Here’s the Dead: Don’t Touch Me.