Many television actors took some R&R during the strike, or moved, or leant a hand in their charity of choice. But My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia went where no other Hollywood star went: behind a fast food counter. Garcia says his reason is that he felt he had lost touch with his fan base, and was always cooped up in his office. So January was dedicated to working as a cashier and janitor at a fast food joint, which he declined to name.
"This stemmed from an idea I got while I was working on 'Yes, Dear,' I've wanted to do a book about taking different jobs and what it was like to do them. This was the first. It may be a while before I do the second. But it's just about the fact that we live behind gates and work behind gates, and as a writer you start to lose touch with the audience. You start running out of life experience."
That's what I call dedication. I can't picture a single actor or actress doing something like that for a role. For a day, maybe. But a whole month is quite a different story. I don't even know if I could do it, and I'm no one!