Talk: UpClose with Matthew Weiner
A conversation with Elvis Mitchell, presented by KCRW
What television has become in the last few decades is the place where a sensibility can announce and shape itself; it’s possible more consistently an auteur’s medium these days than the movies.
Creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner’s vision was evident from the first episode of “Mad Men”; he worked on the pilot for years, and with the casting of Jon Hamm, his creative purview was furthered.
In this installment of the KCRW/NPR in-depth conversation series, UpClose, he mentions not only Hamm’s casting, but also how the selection of many of the “Mad Men” ensemble reflects refinement – more than a few of the actors are from the Midwest, which gives them a base of civility and self-possession.
On creating great television
"I used the Sopranos as a model…"
On Jon Hamm as Don Draper as Dick Whitman
"There is nothing I'm afraid to write for him…"
On how Mad Men deals with death
"People laugh about death all the time..."
On the art direction for Mad Men
"It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life."
Bio and Filmography
Visit IMDb.com for complete biography and information on Matthew Weiner.
About The Series
UPCLOSE presented by KCRW and NPR
A first-of-its-kind collaboration between NPR and KCRW to create exclusive and ongoing online cultural content, this series of live events called UpClose will take at NPR West in Culver City, featuring NPR and KCRW on-air personalities in conversation with a variety of special guests from across the cultural landscape.
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