He quipped at the beginning of the Season 47 premiere that some reviewers have found his own energy a tad low, like the one who once wrote that his “onscreen persona has all the ambition of an old golden retriever lying next to a fire.”
To “be honest, I probably have been guilty at times of coasting a little, taking my foot off the pedal,” he admitted while his two actor brothers, Luke and Andrew, watched from the audience.
But then he asked: “Is it the worst thing in the world being a golden retriever lying next to a fire? I mean, I know everyone comes out here and says, ‘It’s going to be a great show!’ Is it? I mean, I’m betting on it, of course. I’ve been betting on a lot of things lately. I’ve a bit of a gambling problem.”
But “close your eyes, get comfy,” he urged. “I know they said, ‘Owen, c’mon, we don’t want to encourage people to be sleeping.’ Yeah, but also, I’m not going to stand here and tell people not to dream.”
Check it out in the video up top.