Crumm gets physical for 'Grease'
Weldon B. Johnson
The Arizona Republic
Is the competition for the NBC-TV show Grease: You're the One That I Want getting physical?
Ahwatukee's Max Crumm is one of four male actors still in the running for the lead role of Danny in a Broadway revival of Grease. When reached between rehearsals for Sunday's episode of the show, he mentioned an unusual training session for a musical.
"I actually just got done doing some boxing for this week's show," Crumm told The Ahwatukee Republic. "And I'm getting ready to go into rehearsal for my number. It's a little nerve-racking, but it's the ride of a lifetime."
Crumm, 21, didn't elaborate on just what boxing had to do with Sunday's show, which will air at 7 p.m. Sunday on Channel 12 (KPNX). However, this week's show will feature the four remaining male actors. Last week's show focused on the female actors trying for the lead role of Sandy.
The two Dannys and two Sandys who get the fewest votes from fans face elimination. The show's judges select one couple to get a second chance while the other pair is sent home.
Crumm consistently has been among the audience favorites on the show. He has avoided being in that risk group so far but said he prepares himself for the worst each week.
He said he and fellow contestants don't get nervous until the moment of elimination.
"We don't have enough time (to be nervous) during the week because we're so busy," Crumm said. "When I get nervous is when we're standing on the stairs and they call out the people's names. When the lights turn red and the music plays (mimics ominous music), that's when I get nervous."
Crumm has become known as "Slacker Danny" on the show. All of the contestants have nicknames (Slacker Danny, Boy Band Danny, etc.) based on their perceived personalities.
While Crumm does admit to having kind of an easygoing personality, it's not accurate to call him a slacker.
"NBC picked those (nicknames) out for us," Crumm said. "I obviously was just a laid-back guy living in LA, going on auditions, getting fired from my job, so they called me Slacker Danny. I can come off looking like a slacker, but I'm definitely one of the hardest-working people here."
In fact, Crumm has been acting since he was 6. He got his start in a high school play and has had numerous roles in Valley Youth Theatre and Desert Stages productions. He moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Desert Vista High School in 2003 and has had a part in a national television commercial and some independent films.
Crumm said taking part in the NBC show is, by far, the biggest break of his career.
"One hundred percent this is the biggest step my career has taken to date," Crumm said. "I plan on working my tail off for the next few years no matter what happens next. I want to be one of those people who do it all - Broadway, movies, television - and this is the perfect segue for it all. I'm just so excited to work on any project."