Listen: CulturePop No. 23 - 'Breaking Bad' writer/director George Mastras
Melinda and I were thrilled to get a chance to talk to "Breaking Bad" writer/director George Mastras this week. We love the show (Mastras is Emmy nominated for the season five episode "Dead Freight," which he wrote and directed), but we'd be eager to talk to this guy anyway -- he's a former lawyer, criminal investigator, novelist, world traveler and grade A storyteller. Whether or not you watch "Breaking Bad," you owe it to yourself to hear what Mastras has to say about the creative process, why he's not rooting for Walter White anymore, and one of the scariest travel encounters we've ever heard. Tune in. You won't regret it. [SPOILER ALERT: If you're very behind and haven't gotten as far as season 5, episode 5 of "Breaking Bad," you may want to save this podcast (and read no further) until you watch it.].
2:40 Our special guest talks about what it's like to write and direct an episode, and how Vince Gilligan gave him a chance to direct.
4:10 Mastras talks about the decision to have a kid be shot on screen, and why that was pivotal for Walter White.
6:25 He reveals that the kid wasn't always a kid, at least in his initial draft.
11:20 Mastras talks about the delicate art of making sure the show is gritty but not so much so no one can stand to watch.
13:15 He talks about why he's not rooting for Walter White anymore.
15:05 We get the whole Mastras backstory, including his rough first job and how he ended up in law handling the bad behavior of celebrities.
19:45 He talks about his decision to leave law and backpack around the world for two years.
22:25 He talks about how his book, "Fidali's Way," came to be.
27:20 Hear about the worst first day of work ever, when Mastras had to stop a suicide in progress.
28:45 You WILL want to hear this story. That is all.
32:20 Mastras talks about how he responds to all those "what's going to happen?" questions about "Breaking Bad."
33:05 He reveals which characters he'll miss the most, as both a writer and a viewer.
35:30 We're really excited about his next project, and you will be, too.
39:10 Melinda lobbies to be thanked in his speech if he wins the Emmy.
Thanks for listening!
CulturePop No. 23
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
Let Streaming Genie help you.