Deadwood, Seth Bullock Bullock, David Milch discussed on Fresh Air


I just watched all of the deadwood series to prepare for this review and it stands up even more obviously ingloriously as one of the best TV dramas ever produced. And with this new H, B, O movie, deadwood goes out, just as brilliantly as it came in. Terry gross interview, David milch in two thousand four the year. Deadwood premiered on HBO. They started with a clip from the series premiere when Seth Bullock and his hardware business partner Sol star played by Timothy elephant, and John Hawkes interacted with the town's very prominent saloon in property owner. Al swear engine played by Ian McShane. They want to rent a vacant lot on which to build their hardware store, but the super strong personalities of Bullock and swearing clash almost immediately. Like make an offer on that long. So my teeth, the right money, six hundred get the job done. I guess, before I made a price on an of you boys, have unimportant, why I think, specifically while Bill, you got act together the street this morning. We just met while Bill hick business. That is you may want business mine. Is that tell me what the guy mean not at tone to get a deal done sorted? Another time there's people coming. Sure. Yeah. And you will find proper stride. Good luck on the day's trade issue, as a continuing the type of these assault star. Right. That's a Jewish name. Mine isn't nice to meet you. Modu for new to the minute. You come in my sight, ju- best. David milch welcome back to fresh air. What did you want to do a western? I mean, let's face it. There aren't a lot of successful westerns in the movies or on television anymore. You know, I didn't really have a particular interest in, in the John, but I was interested in certain themes, which originally had hoped to engage in a series about the city cops in Rome at the time of Nero, though they were called the urban cohorts and what I wanted to examine was how of forms of order, imposed or discovered in the absence of law, but HBO is doing another show said in room. It's like the joke about the, the Aston, -tations Jewish family. That goes to Kenya to have their kid by mitzvah than they have to wait because there's another mitzvah. Adam. Anyway, they were doing a show about room. And So, Chris Albrecht and Carolyn Strauss suggested that I try and find another venue in, which I could engage the same seems. And that's how I came to deadwood. Dead wood is a Louis spot. Would you describe why? There was no law and deadwood because it was an illegal settlement. It was on land that had been stolen from the Indians, and there was a concern by the thieves either the, the white prospectors that if they pass laws, they would be perceived as setting themselves up as a government, and ultimately, they wanted to be a next to the United States, and they wanted their claims verified by the United States. So, so they agreed that there would be no laws whatsoever. In fact, when murders took place bodies were disposed of rather than buried so that there would be no evidence so that there could be no trials so that nobody could say that. They've set up a government. One of the main characters in dead. Wood is a Montana Marshall who quits his position as marshal and then travels to deadwood in the hopes of starting a hardware business with his partner. So this is an. Interesting character to, to write about someone who had been a law man. And is now in this place that is totally lacking in law. Yeah. He was a real guy. Seth Bullock Bullock was drawn to the idea of lawless settlement because his. He had such a radical ambivalence toward the idea of law. He was a guy who has kind of cursed by conscience. And he had a, a predator natural sense of responsibility, and from which he was all a part of it was always in flight. And for him the appeal of, of deadwood was, there would be no opportunity to be a martial. There would be no opportunity to generate the kinds of obliga- shins, which would distract him from the pursuit of his private goals. And of course, as, as alcoholics find out, you always take your problems with you. And, and he took his and sure enough within four months, he was he was Marshall again. When the characters dead wood is calamity Jane. I think when we think, of clarity Jane, we think of Dr stay who played her in the movies, we think of a character whose rambunctious, how would you describe your version of clarity? Jane one is based on a well, it's based on fact calamity Jane was a profane. Terribly conflicted personality who idolized Hitchcock, who was kind to her and sort of resolutely, refused to acknowledge her hickok. This is her having kind of renounced her femininity clammy. Jane was always getting thrown out of towns, because she was too obscene even for the miners. She had the foulest mouths of all, and she, she was a victim of protracted abuse as a child and had kind of renounced her feminine identity, I think, is as a form of self protection, and she always prided herself that she could out, drink anybody, she could outwear, anybody in and. Yet with hit cock. She was oftentimes, very demure. And I, I would hope if this series accomplishes, nothing else, it will expunge the association of Doris day with Clinton, Jane and sport. So what, what was wild Bill, hickok doing in, in deadwood? He was kinda looking to die. Hickok, for me as, as I researched, the subject was the, the first victim is I perceived it in America of, of media celebrity, and what we do to our heroes. Shortly before going to deadwood he had actually had a warrant issued against him for Bates in, in Cheyenne. And he had married a circus performer, who wanted to take care of them. And within a couple of days, he, he booked he left down and told her he would make their fortune once and for all in deadwood, but he never prospect for minute. He was drunk and, and playing cards, his whole time out there and. Really tragic figure, and with a certain amount of self awareness, which kind of heightened pay us, I think of a situation David milch, speaking to Terry gross in two thousand four more after a break. This is fresh air..

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