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John Corbett calls working with kids in 'A Smile as Big as the Moon' challenging

January 29, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
As I've done many times over the years, I sat down with John Corbett to talk.

I first began interviewing Corbett in 1990. This time, it was about Sunday night's Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, "A Smile as Big as the Moon."

In the movie, Corbett plays a teacher whose goal is to help a group of special-needs children achieve their dream of going to space camp at NASA. The film is based on a true story.

Though he spent a lot of time with a lot of kids, he didn't necessarily feel like a dad.

"I'm not a dad, I've never even really been around kids. In fact, I'm not sure if I even like kids," Corbett said.

"It was challenging to me because I live a sequestered life. I live on a lot of acreage. I don't even have neighbors that I can see," he added. "So, to go be around a lot of screaming kids is not something that's always the first thing I want to do when I wake up in the morning. This was an experience that I'll never forget. I made a lot of lifelong little buddies there."

Corbett is selective in choosing when and where he works. He said he doesn't pursue acting and doesn't have a publicist or manager.

"I just wait for the phone to ring, basically, and it rings and somehow the universe sends these projects my way," he said. "I just try to do stuff that I know I'm going to go work on for five weeks and get something out of it, have some fun, go to some place - like Huntsville, Alabama - that I've never been before and have an experience, because life's short."