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"leo bartlett" Discussed on The West Wing Weekly

The West Wing Weekly

04:20 min | 1 year ago

"leo bartlett" Discussed on The West Wing Weekly

"So many people who came up to me and said this will change. Life. I can actually drive my kids school without driving in fear. And there's just so many things that came from that that are all good to. Thank you. Okay. And now my third point of this Leo Bartlett. Josh Santos parallelism is at the end of the episode after he sort of made the principled stand while still kind of adhering to some version of not talking about the driver's license. Bill itself. He goes in. He actually stands with the governor of California as he vetos it. He's sort of able to kind of have it both ways in that moment. But most importantly, I think, you know, he stands with his beliefs and visibly is objecting to the Bill, even if he isn't saying anything about it after all of that happens. He does one more round of press. And it's only after that point that you let him say the words. What's next? Yes. Yeah. And I thought he earned it now. Yeah. That's true. I always felt I've said this before this even in his absence. This was Aaron Sorkin show, obviously Santos. It was a different guy. He was a Latino mayor had this completely different background and jed Bartlett. But some of this was imagining what the Leo Bartlett dynamic would have been like that. We only got little hints of through their conversations and through the way, they behaved in the White House. And that was the fun of this was I always would try to imagine. What Aaron would do could you reference something he had done? So all of that is deliberate. Yeah, I loved how that was set up. At least the way that I read it that there were these two moments of him being very sort of unrest winglike or Bartlett ask. And then finally he changes direction, and then he gets to actually say towards I thought there's a nice tip of the hat to Aaron in the inability of any of the characters get Paul Hickman's name, right? Talking to ask, of course. Yes. His tropes were certainly open season on those and we got to meet Tillman. I was delighted to obviously a major figure for will Bailey. Having written the speech delivered by Gabe Tillman at the Stanford club. It was nice to finally meet governor Gabriel Tillman and see in in the form of Ray wise. Yeah, he was great. And I thought you know, he's a great actor. He was in regional twin peaks and has been in so many great movies. I just looked at his I'm DB patriots two hundred thirty eight credits. Ray wise, it's been in everything. One of my favorite credits of his is in the music video for the song wishes by beach house, those directed by Eric Wareham of Tim and Eric. Oh my goodness. I will check it out. It's a great weird video, and it really pulls in all of the weirdness of Ray Weise's, Leland Palmer, and unleashes it. But you know, it's funny because Tillman is this big figure because of his prominence in our introduction to will. Bailey. But I was actually thrown off from connecting him just because of the casting of Ray wise, it actually took me a second to realize that this was the same person. I think because Ray wise is has such a specific face at how to put this more articulately, but he has such a specific face that in some ways, it's too specific for what I was imagining for governor Tillman being this offscreen political figure, I just imagined somebody more generic, well, it's also true sometimes that when you have an actor who's very recognisable from something it's harder to imagine them as some fictional creation. You're bringing your other reference points to it. It's one of the reasons I think some of the great TV shows west wing included, you know, this shows make the stars and not the other way around. And I think that's that's often said about TV as opposed to movies. You want to just believe that Josh Melina is will Bailey that Bradford Woodford is Josh Lyman in. I think. Some of the episodes where we cast very recognizable. Guest stars. It takes a little longer to so buy into them as the characters. That's always the case. Okay. Let's take a quick break. And when we come back, we'll have more on LA Palabra with Eli Abby. Since our.

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"leo bartlett" Discussed on The West Wing Weekly

The West Wing Weekly

04:06 min | 2 years ago

"leo bartlett" Discussed on The West Wing Weekly

"He's not the answer to the greater problem. He may be the answer to this one. And so we start brainstorming. I'm not sure I think I pitched the name cave. It's my sister's name, which is not really all that big of a deal because you know, when it comes to name characters like one hundred names or thrown out in a room and like youth route seventy each writer throws up fifteen, but but Katie is my sister's name, so as always pleased at the character wind up being named Kate, and yeah, so I love that character. It was actually really fun to write an incredibly useful though. I watched the episode last night, and I had a tendency. When I start on the show to get a little thick in the writing a little dense in the writing. If I have an achilles heel is a writer, it is it is tending to get a little dense. You know, I remember Alex graves when we gave him the script. And the story Pratt is literally like a couch. It's like some the density of that material. And I remember also Christmas Yana who God bless him was prepping for Morial day while he was shooting episode, Twenty-one Gaza. Remember him nice krypton saying, it's just dense. It's so dense. This sounds like like on said front of like stockers. They're like. Like little. Cried myself to sleep that night. So for those of you who just seen first man and think it's a little. Well, that's that's the trick isn't a writing. I think a really great episode of the west wing is the material is dense, and how do you write a forty four minute episode that takes on issues of great complexity, and yet still moves along at a clip and yet and doesn't just bounce along on the surface. You know, it's funny because you know, Carol Flynn at some point. Well, I want to do an episode or mandatory minimums, and we did it. But you know, we really only scratched the surface. And so I was helping out with the research. I went back, and I did all this research into men for minimums. And I went back and looked at the there didn't mentor minimums, and I realized what he had done is he charged picked the three most important facts about mandatory minimums, the three things that just grab you like, you know, about like that a, you know, three strike felony can wind up three times smoking dope can wind up with ten years in jail. Whatever it is like the most grab you by the collar facts, and he'd wound just those three facts, the episodes and. Nothing else because everybody else's super dense and not particularly interesting to Carol which is try to write his stuck with like everybody else, which is super interesting. An Aaron had this amazing ability just cherry pick like the three deaths. Little tidbits, you know. And so I think it's one of the reasons why his episode sing in some of our episodes. Because we get stuck in the muck as they say so in going back and watching Morial day, I felt very similar Christmas siato watching some scenes where they're talking about foreign policy, and my head starts hurting. I'm like, I can't believe I made yours watch that it's it's just don't. I really liked this episode. I think it's an excellent episode. In addition to all that you're also giving us flashbacks, and you're giving us early Leo Bartlett relationship. There's a lot going on in this episode. Yeah. So the episode actually came about in a sort of interesting way, I wasn't supposed to write the finale, of course, because I'm new guy. This was going to be twenty one Peters was going to be twenty. I think and then John was gonna write the finale right something like that. And I've been pushing all your do Israel-Palestine because I've written my spec on it, and I was super excited. And I thought it was something that would be fun cover new bunch about it. And it was something I wanted to write about and I remember in the room, then we got this ideal. Maybe we'll do like a couple of at Arkan Israel-Palestine. So we went on up settling on. Okay. We would do this episode with Donna and Gaza which Peter Noah wrote beautifully. Although we fought a lot about like because we wound up, you know..

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"leo bartlett" Discussed on The West Wing Weekly

The West Wing Weekly

02:59 min | 2 years ago

"leo bartlett" Discussed on The West Wing Weekly

"Kind of chose, look it up where if you know, I guess your military history that that was a squadron and the Vietnam war. There's just a little hint and also there's a little bit of a feel and a look that suggests that this may be not contemporary. Yeah. Yeah. There was also a little bit of a head fake in the previously on just that included a scene, the scene between Leo and president Bartlett at the bottom of the stairs me and Nancy and Fitz standing right next to you. When you get information, you don't need to remember it. It sort of suggests that that's going to play in the coming episode. And I kept waiting for the moment where MS became pertinent germane to the episode of never did kind feel like, wow, they're even trying to fool us previously on. Yeah or not thinking that much about what they should. I want to mention that John Spencer was nominated for an EMMY for this episode. Sure. Why not? I just meat. He's very good. He could be nominated really for any episode. Yeah. So what did you think about the trickiness of inter cutting present day with what turns out to be a flashback, but you don't realize it's a flashback, right? A flashback to a similar situation? Yeah, during the Vietnam war, you know, and then flashes to the present tense with the two people who are in the flashback can O'Neal and Leo. What did you think about it as a continuing device throughout the episode? Well, I guess the answer is that I liked the concept of going back and giving us a little bit of Leo's backstory, but I felt these scenes themselves were a little one. They didn't particularly elevate the current story or, you know, it kind of them aren't particularly revelatory. And one thing I did like was being able to see in flashback the payoff to something I bumped on initially, which is Leo giving this little speech and telling us a little joke and feting his dear friend, the finest man that I have ever had. Great privilege to call my friend your own Kenneth Sean O'Neil moment. Hang on a second. What about the president? You've really got to be introducing prisoner Bartlett this way. So and that kind of stuck in my crawl like, wow, that's that's at Regis. Quiz, your sense of lint, right? And then to discover, and then to see that this isn't a man who carried him bodily out of a life and death situation, I thought was great thought, okay, well, there is a bond really even beyond Leo Bartlett. The tension of the moment away was missing for me in a way that it was present in the coal Dovan. Yeah, I thought that they pull off a neat trick when they finally reveal that it is Leo in the flashback. About the video, get it..

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"leo bartlett" Discussed on The West Wing Weekly

The West Wing Weekly

02:20 min | 2 years ago

"leo bartlett" Discussed on The West Wing Weekly

"The lord giveth and the lord take the way was an acknowledgement of the loss of life even though zoe was recovered the loss of us life in the military in the bombings on kamar and presumably the loss of kamari life in the action that was taken and i was i was surprised we didn't get that i thought we were going to get a touch of that rather than purely like hoof daughter's home she's back yeah it was a little more shortsighted than i expected from president bartlett but maybe again we only had a couple of a couple of minutes i mean drew few seconds actually by the way while we're doing you know over criticizing i also wanna point out i thought there was some great moments and even you know quotable lines a loved the leo bartlett scene that concludes wait can i guess which one yes please it was at the line dr king wash wrong just in your job i thought that was great too yeah dutiful you to flee what a great button to that scene that's writing yeah that was i also liked and i tied it in my mind to an earlier seen this much earlier in the episode toby and leo are walking and toby says no it's kind kinda crazy but josh might not be wrong about this to ourselves now we have to look at bombing kamar we're bombing kumar yes i also love that and i couldn't help but think about what's happening right now in the news i mean that's of course a perennial statement the idea of like what are the causes and conflict and what we've sown with domestic policy you know what we saw with our foreign policy and things like that but the idea of having to identify as a nation you know and have to live with the consequences of your government's actions regardless of who's actually leading you is so terrifying of course every day you know we joke about things that don't trump does and then we have to feel like oh gosh this is what people think america is like and luckily when we were overseas people said to us like we know your country's going through a rough time right now right but still you know the broad brush with which israel is painted or palestine i mean just you still have to acknowledge the we of it yeah exactly.

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