“A little tech and a little stupid.” That’s how “The Big Bang Theory” showrunner Steve Molaro describes the décor of his office on the Warner Bros. lot, which is populated by robots, gadgets and plenty of toys. “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a thing for robots,” he admits, which guided the hit sitcom’s set decorator, Ann Shea, in setting up his workspace, starting with the metal desk and a clock with exposed gears, a gift from Johnny Galecki. But hanging with pride of place behind his desk are paintings of the comedy’s characters, showing their scientific disciplines in sign language. “Melissa Rauch has said she wishes she looked that good in her head shot,” he says.
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“We’re all such fans of the Professor Proton episodes,” says Molaro, of the character played by Bob Newhart. “One day, I said absent-mindedly, it would be so cool if there was a Professor Proton action figure.” Writer Eric Kaplan was paying attention — and had one made. Says Molaro in awe, “This crazy thing exists, and I have it.”
Thanks to a friend at Mattel, the “Big Bang” crew got a behind-the-scenes tour, which included a take-home 3D sculpture of their heads. “It’s really neat, except all of our eyes ended up looking a little wonky. I’m not that cross-eyed.” His solution: an eye-patch. “I’m not badass enough in real life to pull off an eye patch, but in 3D form I can.”
Meet Betsy Rexy, the dinosaur head that’s mounted on the wall. Molaro says he just thought he needed one. So he logged on to Amazon, and a few days later, it arrived. “I think anybody with an office should have a T-Rex head on the wall,” he says. “I recommend it.” While the Fez is the default, a Santa hat will appear come December — along with a present in her mouth.