Thanks to all the French sayings the character Gomez had, many people would walk up to John Astin and speak French to him, thinking that he could understand them. The problem was that he couldn’t really understand French; he just knew those sayings or could recite the lines phonetically.
Maybe they thought he was actually his character, or maybe they thought Astin actually knew French. No such luck. In a related event, Ringo Starr of the Beatles once grabbed Astin’s arm and started kissing his way up, similar to how Gomez would kiss Morticia. Astin stopped the Beatle halfway up the arm.
Left or Right?
During the television show, Thing was portrayed by actor Ted Cassidy, who also played Lurch. Seeing as how Thing was just a hand, you'd think that it would be nothing more than having your hand come out of a box to point at things for a joke.
And, well, that's more or less what the job was all about. Cassidy would sometimes get a bit bored doing it, so – without telling anyone – he would switch hands. We imagine it was caught during editing, but nobody really minded that much. You can also see Cassidy's arm during a few select shots when Thing reaches out of his box.
Coming Up With Special Gibberish
One of the things about Cousin Itt was that he couldn't really be understood by anyone except his family. Other people who interacted with him or made their way into the house of the Addams family had no chance to work out what he was trying to say.
In order to create the unintelligible gibberish that comes out from under all that hair, one of the producers spoke random sayings and phrases, sometimes even random syllables, into a tape recorder, and then played it back at high speed. This lets most people realize that they weren't supposed to be able to understand him.
Inspiration for Their Characters
Some of the characters in this family aren't exactly your normal family members, and for the actors to be inspired, they had to take knowledge from a few strange places. In order to play Morticia in the first two movies, Anjelica Huston watched “Grey Gardens,” a 1975 documentary about a pair of strange women, mother and daughter, who had lived in a big mansion by themselves.
It's considered a masterful documentary. In addition, Christina Ricci based her performance of Wednesday from the same movie off Winona Ryder's performance from “Beetlejuice,” which had come out a few years earlier. Being a dark, spooky girl when you're actually a charismatic actress isn't the easiest thing.
Taking the Average
During the show, Gomez sometimes needed to know exactly what time it was, which was why he wore a pair of watches. He would check both and use the average time. Maybe it's crazy, but the more we think about it, the more it makes sense.
And we aren't the only people, too: it's becoming more popular for people to wear more than one watch for a variety of reasons, though it seems like most of them are for a fashion statement or a conversation starter. Gomez would also sometimes check the... unusual clock that was in the Addams family house, which seemed to be a Wolverine that would show up to growl out the hour.