David Gordon Green will present two "Eastbound & Down" episodes - the first and last he directed - and then hold a discussion after the screening Saturday. Here are some highlights from a recent phone interview about the legacy of the outrageous HBO comedy, working with his close friends and more. The full interview is at columbusalive.com.
David Gordon Green will present two “Eastbound & Down” episodes — the first and last he directed — and then hold a discussion after the screening Saturday. Here are some highlights from a recent phone interview about the legacy of the outrageous HBO comedy, working with his close friends and more. The full interview is at columbusalive.com.
I thought it would be fun, just as a conversation, to see how that series evolved; where I went as a director, from my very first episode to the last one. It wasn’t an enormous period of time, but I feel like there’s probably some substantial evolution of the show. We got bigger budgets [each] season, a bit more ambitious … and more comfortable and confident in the characters. As the audience embraced the show we thought we could get away with more.
I wasn’t going to direct any [episodes]. I was just supportive of the show; Danny McBride, Jody Hill and I had a company together and have been great friends since college. Jody directed the pilot and the show got picked up … maybe a year later, and he was filming “Observe and Report” and couldn’t get away to do it. They let him out for one more episode. So I ended up taking two, three and four. Adam McKay did five and Jodi did the last one. We all just had such a great time tag-teaming it creatively that we just handled the rest in the same way.
[McBride and I] have been best buds for 15 years, so you get to know someone and you know what buttons you can push … I’ve always really believed in Danny as a dramatic talent. The more he became comfortable with Kenny [Powers] and the more the audience became, at least accepting of Kenny. I don’t know if anyone ever gets comfortable with him. But people do come to accept him, and we were able to challenge the dramatic elements and push him a little bit further.
[“Eastbound & Down”] is the most idealized form of creative collaboration amongst comrades that you could ever imagine. You look forward to going to work every day and … Danny, Jodi and I are working on our HBO follow-up that’s going to start shooting at the end of this year or the beginning of next year. It’s being written right now by a great crew of writers, a lot of “Eastbound” folks are returning.
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