After giving up his NYPD Blue badge last year, the 32-year-old
actor goes from the streets of New York to the great outdoors as
the host of ESPN's The New American Sportsman.
SI: Are you contractually obligated to bare your butt on
Schroder: Only if the ratings go really low.
SI: You were born on Staten Island. How big an outdoorsman are
Schroder: I've been involved with fishing and hunting since I was
about nine. I love the outdoors.
SI: Is it true that William Holden first introduced you to
hunting in 1980 while you were both filming The Earthling in
Schroder: True. We went rabbit hunting with .22 rifles, and he
let me do the shooting. I think I missed everything.
SI: You made a nice transition from child star to adult actor.
How disappointed are you that you haven't been the subject of an
E! True Hollywood Story?
Schroder: It's not over yet. There's still time.
SI: Did Curt Gowdy, the host of the original American Sportsman
show, give you any advice?
Schroder: I spoke to him briefly one time, and he basically told
me to enjoy it and make it a good time because it was a great
part of his life.
SI: Should we be scared or excited by the prospect of upcoming
guest Jane Seymour's shark fishing?
Schroder: Dr. Quinn? I'm sure she's going to do fine.
SI: Where is the 1980 Golden Globe you won for The Champ?
Schroder: It sits on a desk at home, and when I need to keep the
door open, it serves as a door opener.
SI: Any chance of an American Sportsman show featuring you, David
Caruso and Jimmy Smits?
Schroder: [Laughs.] That actually would be a hoot.
SI: You and Brad Pitt were track-star brothers in the 1991 film
Across the Tracks. Who wins that race today?
Schroder: Well, I certainly won it then. I don't know about now.
It depends if he's quit smoking.
SI: Finally, how dangerous would it be if one of the celebrity
guests on the show called you Ricky while you had a hunting rifle
in your hands?
Schroder: I'll tell you what: Only one of us is coming out of the
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