Jason Priestley Calls the Shots From the Director's Chair on 'Beverly Hills, 90210' in '93

by Raphael Chestang 5:01 PM PDT, April 15, 2015
Playing Jason Priestley Calls the Shots From the Director's Chair on 'Beverly Hills, 90210' in '93

Everyone remembers Jason Priestley for his role on Beverly Hills, 90210, but these days the Canadian-American actor is doing more work behind the camera. He stopped by the ET set to dish on directing his first feature film Cas & Dylan.

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Priestley's directing credits actually extend all the way back to 1993. He called the shots for an episode of 90210 and ET just happened to be there with cameras rolling.

"Actors -- I hate them," Priestley joked 22 years ago.

"I can't believe I was ever that young," Priestley, 45, told ET in present day. "And how about that Elvis Bob's Big Boy shirt that I was wearing?"

Priestley directed one of the most iconic scenes of the series when Tori Spelling's character loses her virginity.

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"I remember that day very well," Priestley said. "I wanted to have candles everywhere. I wanted to have like 150 candles and make it really sexy. They said, 'No, you can't have that many candles.' I said, 'How many candles can I have?' They said, 'You can have five.' So if you ever watch the scene again, you'll see I had a little candelabra with five candles on it and I put it in front of the camera in every shot to make it look like we had more candles in the room."

In Cas & Dylan, a dying doctor (Richard Dreyfuss) ready to give up on life inadvertently winds up on the run with a 22-year-old girl (Tatiana Maslany).

Priestley admitted that his first day on set with Dreyfuss, who won an Oscar for his role in 1978's The Goodbye Girl, was "a little bit intimidating."

"Having grown up watching Jaws, he was a huge influence on me as a young man," Priestley said. "To have him be in my first feature film was a huge honor."

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Cas & Dylan opens May 1.