Sam has continued to campaign to get to the truth as opposed to being spoon-fed what the mayor’s office wants them to have. These few episodes Kitty and Ezra have been manipulating the broadcast media.
I absolutely love that story line. I think it's great writing. You know, it's true our society needs this sort of latest and greatest news stimulation. And how quickly we forget.
Donald Trump and him demanding [President Obama’s] birth certificate and all this bullshit. Then the Anthony Weiner story broke. And that's all everybody could talk about. And then a couple days later the Osama story broke.
How quickly we forget and we move on. It seems like we can't eat new information fast enough, unfortunately. Often times we forget the bigger picture, you know?
Sam resorts to posting a document on the blog. Do you think he was just desperate or do you think he was experimenting to see what would happen? Coming from him it seemed like quite a compromise.
I don't think he was desperate. There was sort of no other avenue for him. His editors proved to him they were going to squash anything that was really damning to Kane or would essentially have him evicted from the mayor's office. He uncovered an awful truth about the mayor being responsible for cancer killing children. And he just lost faith in his institution.
And it was too important, so he put it out. And now that it's out there he's justified to write about it because it's out there. They can't bury it.
You and Kelsey have a great scene in “Remembrance” where you keep hounding him about Dr. Harris. Is he mostly interested in what’s wrong with Kane, or all the bad stuff he’s done?
I think he's sort of put it together about the illegal dumping, but there's always a bigger picture. And part of the role of journalists is to pull on every thread, to poke in every hole and slowly connect the dots and see where one thing leads to another. I think it is also personal; it’s a giant question that no one else seems to know about … Sam Miller found out the mayor's been visiting a neurologist that specializes in like rare degenerative brain disorder. You gotta know why.
Have any behind-the-scenes info about that scene between you and Kelsey?
Sam Miller makes one mistake and I realized it in that scene. He asked for a source and to fuck with him I say, “Rosebud.” And it dawned on me when I said Rosebud to him that that might have been the hint he needed to find his leak. I could be wrong, but that's what I saw in that moment.
Are we going to see an episode called “Chumpbait.”
[Laughs.] I hope. I'm walking in circles to see what they're trying to do for the second season. I’m really excited.
Let's talk about Chicago. You've spent a lot of time here with back-to-back TV shows and also the “Barbershop” movies.
Chicago's been very, very good to me. I just absolutely love the city and the people. It's just a great city.
What were some of your favorite things to do here?
People tend to have long dinners in Chicago. Chicago reminds me of Europe. People are just very well aware of how their city functions, of how the policies affect them. They're not shocked so much when they hear of scandal or corruption. That exists everywhere, but I find other cities are sort of in denial. I love how Chicagoans are involved. They just participate in their city. They're just not fools and I appreciate it. They're not caught up in a lot of the stuff that New York or L.A. is caught up in. It's a strange and wonderful place because it, to some degree the city is extremely segregated and in another aspect this city is totally unified.
As filmmaking goes, it's just it's beautiful. It's wonderful. It has the best film crews and everything that the city has to offer. And the food is superb.
I saw your tweet about Twin Anchors.
I can't tell you how many ribs I've eaten.
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