The Chemistry of Moonlighting's Maddie Hayes & David Addison
"For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."
|In 1964 Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said this oft-repeated quote: "I can't define pornography, but I know it when I see it." In a way, the same can be said about chemistry, it too is not so easy to define, but is unmistakable when we see it. Here we look at actual scene clips that demonstrate the various aspects of the chemistry found on "Moonlighting"...the fire and friction, the tenderness and vulnerability, and the overriding sexuality. We also look at how this aspect was marketed through ad campaigns.|
|Let's see what the cast and crew (the persons who actually lived this phenomenom) had to say about it. We will hear from not only Cybill and Bruce but also Glenn Caron and others from the production. (RealOne player needed for the video clips).|
|Martha Nochimson is the Director of Film Studies at Mercy College in New York. She has recently published a book on famous screen couples that examines couple chemistry. One of the screen couples she looks at is Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis. Recently Dr. Nochimson sat for an interview with us for this site.|
During 1985-1989 when Moonlighting was airing, the cast was featured on the cover of many publications. The word "Chemistry" got used so many times when referring to the couple, that it became almost cliche when talking about Maddie & David. Here is a representative sampling of the press coverage.
This site receives lots of email from Moonlighting fans and naturally there are specific questions & comments I get over and over. One of the most ubiquitous concerns speculation on the "personal involvement" of the two leads, something that I feel is nobody's business but their own. I am much more comfortable in a good critical discussion such as the debate over whether the chemistry between Bruce & Cybill was real or faked. My personal belief is that chemistry is like talent--either you got it or you don't...and no amount of faking it can EVER take the place of the truth.
One way to stimulate this discussion is to ask the question, "What is your definition of chemistry between a TV series couple? And can you give an example of a Moonlighting scene that just screams CHEMISTRY to you?" Here are what some of the fans had to say in response:
Months in the making, this section of the site owes a great deal to so many...and here is a list of most of them:
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