You do seem to be The Newsroom’s designated pratfall guy.
Honestly, I recently looked at my bio and résumé for the first time in forever and it does say “Pratfalls” under a special skills section. Whether or not Aaron Sorkin saw that and thought, Wow, I’ve got the guy for this job, I don’t know. Maybe he just noticed something about me and thought, Yeah, I think this guy could take a couple of good dives …
Is he as specific about how he wants you to run into a door as he is with how you say your lines?
Sometimes. He’s someone who has a lot of notions in his head already about how things should be done and delivered, both with lines and movement. But once you get on to the set and you start rehearsing, he is still at heart a very playful person. I flubbed a line once in a rehearsal and he actually liked the way I stammered over it better than the clean-cut way it was written in the script, and he asked me to change it to the way I messed it up. So he’s happy to embrace those little accidents.
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