Mark Pellegrino’s Memories of LA Law

“I was really, really intimidated, and I had the unenviable task of picking on a little person. I remember looking at [Jimmy Smits], and when he saw the other actor hanging from the hook there, he turned around and looked at me. The first thought that went through my head was, ‘Holy crap, he’s really mad’ — but there was no imaginary stuff. Like, he was really mad and I was a little worried, because he’s a big guy and the very next thing he had to do to me was grab me by my lapel, by my leather jacket or whatever I was wearing, and smash me into this breakaway mirror — which he did with considerable force, I have to say. That was like my first real experience of… a really authentic actor having an experience on film. It actually took me out of the moment.”

Mark Pellegrino to TV Line on playing ‘Punk’ in LA Law (1987)