How 'We're the Millers' Producer Became a Bus Driver on 'The Goldbergs'

The Goldbergs

J.C. Spink, who actually bullied creator Adam Goldberg back in the day, yells at his young self for bad behavior in the March 11 episode.

This story first appeared in the March 21-28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

It doesn't get any more meta: The March 11 episode of ABC's The Goldbergs, Adam Goldberg's semiautobiographical show about his '80s childhood, features a teen bully based on manager-producer J.C. Spink (We're the Millers).

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Spink actually bullied Goldberg back in the day, and in the fall, Goldberg reached out to him about using the incident. Spink gave his consent, then was asked if he would play a school bus driver who yells at his young self for bad behavior. Spink not only said yes, but if the show returns for a second season, he may reprise his role.

The hardest part for Spink? Screaming at young actors: "Even though it was acting, I felt tremendously guilty."