Here's the thing about brothers and "Hardcore Pawn:
And once they're done patching things up, they tend to go right back to fighting again.
"Him and I go at it," said Randy, 55, who, along with Wayne, 56, co-owns the Royal Pawn Shop in the South Loop across from the Metropolitan Correctional Center. "He sees things one way, I see them another. … We got into a fist fight for a minute and a half, but they didn't get it on camera. (The cameras) were in the front filming. I think (Wayne) gave someone too much money. If a cute girl comes in, he'll give the store away. That's my brother."
"Hardcore Pawn: Chicago" — which premieres Tuesday on TruTV and is a spinoff of the Detroit-based "Hardcore Pawn" — is executive produced by former "The Wonder Years" actor
"The one in Vegas — we've never see the type of (items) they get, and we're the biggest pawn shop in Chicago," said Randy, who counts himself as a fan of "Pawn Stars" but, not surprisingly, claimed he likes the original "Hardcore Pawn" more because he feels it's more real. "I don't believe they actually get that stuff."
Royal Pawn Shop gets the occasional odd item, including a fake leg and dentures, but it's the people who walk into the store that make the environment unpredictable. Wayne said the customers vary from crack addicts, gang members and mobsters to athletes (the
"Hardcore Pawn: Chicago" features Randy's daughter, Elyse, and Wayne's son, Nate, both of whom work at the store. Randy and Wayne also worked for their father, a watchmaker-turned-pawn shop owner, when they were younger. (Randy fondly remembers walking around
The show filmed at Royal Pawn Shop beginning in July and wrapped in September. "Sometimes the cameras got in the way," Randy said. "We were just so busy, sometimes we had to say 'You guys have to stop — there are too many people here.' And some people don't want be on TV. Others don't care." The store was chosen, Randy said he was told by producers, because it's family-owned and has been around a while.
Of course, the dynamic between Randy and Wayne also helps.
"We don't think we're funny," Randy said. "But people seem to think we're a riot."
About this week: The "NYE 2013" party Monday at Hilton Chicago will feature a performance by "Cooler Than Me" singer Mike Posner and appearances by Playboy Playmates. … "Malcolm in the Middle" actor Chris Masterson will DJ the "Esquire Eve" party Monday at Chuck's Manufacturing in the Hard Rock Hotel.
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