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Interview with Danny Masterson of "Men
at Work" on TBS 3/27/13
Here is the audio of my interview with the actor who
plays Milo on "Men at Work" and who was so great as Hyde on
"That 70's Show"! It was a very fun interview. He is SO
funny as you'll hear in the interview. I hope to transcribe
If the audio is not streaming well, please right-click on
this link and save it to your computer. It should work
better that way!
transcribed the interview!
1. So were you surprised when they renewed the show for a
second season, or did you expect it?
"I was not surprised. I was extremely happy. It's so hard
to get a show -- a pilot -- in the first place and from
there, just getting it on air, and then from there, getting
people to watch it, so I was just thrilled when they picked
up the second season. You know, we actually sort of shot
them back to back. We had about six weeks off waiting for
more scripts and then went back to work, so it was kind of
an extended season 1. Yeah, we were thrilled!"
Do they let you do any adlibbing or changing the script?
We do not do any adlibbing. The writers do their job and
the actors, all they have to do is say their lines properly
and get laughs. The only sort of, I guess, somewhat
adlibbing is after you've cut a scene, if you have an idea
of a joke that might be funnier, you can do pick-ups on
those jokes. 'Oh, what if you said this?' 'Or try this, that
might be funny.' And, so, that might be the only thing
that's not originally from the script."
2. The show is very funny and I love the cast.
"They're very good looking."
What can we expect in the 2nd season?
"A lot of ?, which I think is key to be on camera. And
make sure it stays pretty cold on stage, so there's that
sort of issue. And we have insane guest stars this year,
which I'm sure you have a list of the people who are coming
by this season. And my beard gets a little bit bigger, so
that's kind of key."
3. Did you already have a beard, or did they ask you to
grow it for the part?
"No, they did not ask me to grow it. I had a beard. And
it's so annoying to shave it. It's just so much easier to
have a nice soft beard, don't you?"
4. Will you be keeping the beard?
"Yeah, mine got real big. I mean, I shot a film called
'Killing Winston Jones' with Richard Dreyfuss and Danny
Glover this last winter down in Savannah, and so I had my
beard real small for that, because Jon Heder had a
moustache, and I was going to have a moustache, so we
negotiated, I would keep the beard, he would have the
moustache. And then the last time it grew out bigger than my
hair and now it's sort of in-between.
5. Does your wife like it?
"Yes. Yeah. So that helps."
Is Season 2 going to be the same kind of show?
"Yeah, it's the same show as the first season. I think as
the shows evolve, everyone gets tighter, funnier. The fault
?? lines get a little more ridiculous in a good way -- take
more chances. You know, seasons 3 and 4, if that ??
reacting, it's just so of really just humming. You know,
that's 75 and 100 episodes in. We've shot 20 episodes. We've
sort of still very much in our infancy. The writers are
figuring out people's timing and 'Oh, it's really funny when
Milo gets drunk; let's get him drunk more often. You know,
you sort of figure out things. 'It's really funny when girls
reject Michael's character.' You know, you sort of find
things that become the opposite of normal, and generally
find those things to be funnier."
6. Do you guys have a fun time doing the show?
"Yeah, it's great. I mean, you know, you sort of get to
work and immediately just start making fun of each other and
laughing and coming up with better jokes. 'What would happen
if, you know, he shuts his hand in the drawer, and then we
all make fun of his swollen finger?' I don't know. You sort
of come up with anything sort of strange and real. And
there's no hard work on a sitcom. It's all enjoyable."
"People like to have the sex, so we figured, let's write
about the sex. And it's cable, so we can all be naked, which
is great, you know. I have to start working out to be
7. How does doing this show compare to when you were on
"That 70's Show"?
"You know, I would say that it's still so new. You know,
we used to shoot '70s' in 20 hours a week. This show is at
least double that. On '70s' we all knew every single little
thing about each other. On this, we're four adults who have
our personal lives, then come to work and have our work
lives. You know, it's a lot of fun. I think that with '70s'
we had so many fantasy sequences, dance routines, and
musical numbers, and what not. And with this, it's more of a
work-place comedy, so it's definitely different, but the
schedule's kind of the same. I've gotten to work with my
director from 'That 70s Show' David Trainer in a bunch of
these episodes; that's been amazing. Yeah, so it's
definitely different but also very similar."
8. Do you ever hang out with the other actors outside of
"We do. Yeah, but, you know, Cassidy's married with a
young child, so he's in bed early, and he'll want to come
and do a sporting event, and I'll go see a lot of movies
with Adam Busch and James ?? or whatever, so everyone has
their lives. On 70s Show, I was the old one at 22, Mila was
15 years old, so we sort of all did everything together.
Whereas now, we're all in our mid 30s and we all have our
routines down a little bit more. So yeah, we definitely --
I've seen 3 movies with Adam Busch in the last 2 weeks. We
hang all the time -- it's just sort of depends. You know,
Cassidy's always good for grabbing a lunch, but he goes to
bed at like 8 p.m. with his young child, so, you know.
9. Filming only 10 episodes must leave you a lot of
extra time for other projects?
"Yeah, I just shot the movie I mentioned called 'Killing
Winston Jones' -- it was amazing. I got to play Richard
Dreyfuss' son. It's kind of a 'Grumpy Old Men' style dark
comedy with Richard Dreyfuss and Danny Glover at each
other's throats, and my character being ?? while they're
doing so and trying to keep them apart as well. So that was
?? with Jon Heder playing my brother, which was pretty
awesome. And 'Men at Work' shot two seasons and 20 shows. We
finished in November, and then I went to Savannah for two
months, and then, you know, I just got back to Los Angeles."
10. Did you learn anything from Richard Dreyfuss and
"They are two epic icons. Yeah, sure. You know, you sort
of pick up things, the way people process material and
different rehearsal habits, and what not. And then you go
and do your thing. It's amazing to see how Richard can break
down a scene. With Danny, he's sort of like 'All right,
let's do this.' And Jon likes to talk things out for a long
time and that can lead to new material and new ideas. And,
yeah, so it was interesting."
Please do tune in to "Men at Work" on TBS because it's
You can also watch past episodes on their website.
My review of the
DANNY MASTERSON - MEN AT WORK - TBS
Danny Masterson (That '70s Show, Yes Man) stars in the TBS
hit comedy Men at Work.
The series centers on four buddies who work together at a
magazine and form a modern day band of brothers as they
navigate work politics, life and love in New York City.
Masterson plays Milo, a bearded writer for the magazine who
is still getting back into the dating game after dealing
with being dumped early in season one.
The show premieres its second season on April 4.
DANNY MASTERSON BIO
Danny Masterson is best known for his starring role as Hyde,
the "wise" conspiracy theorist on the long-running
international sitcom That '70s Show. In addition to being an
established actor, he is currently one of the most requested
DJs in the United States, having played Lollapalooza and the
Palemus Festival in Norway. He performs 50 to 100 sets a
On the big screen, Masteron recently starred opposite
Richard Dreyfus and Danny Glover in the dark comedy Killing
Winston Jones, due out in 2014. He can currently be seen
opposite Robert Carlysle in California Solo, which made its
debut at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. He also recently
wrapped the Polish Brothers' new film, Hot Bot, which was
shot this past winter in Salt Lake City.
Beginning his career as a child model for the Ford Agency at
the age of 4, Masterson gradually moved his way into
commercials, appearing in more than 150 by age 16; soap
operas (One Life to Live,1985) and Broadway (Dragons,1986).
It was then that Masterson made the decision to move to Los
Angeles, where he soon secured his first motion picture lead
role in Universal Picture's popular sequel Beethoven's 2nd,
opposite Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt. Masterson's other
film credits include Yes Man, with Jim Carrey and Bradley
Cooper; Bye Bye Love; Comic Book Villains, with Donal Logue;
John Woo's Face/Off, with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage;
Robert Rodriguez's The Faculty; and Wes Craven's Dracula
2000, opposite Gerard Butler and Johnny Lee Miller.
Masterson has worked on more than 30 feature films,
including the independent features Too Pure (Tribeca Film
Festival), directed by The Others producer Sunmin Park; Greg
Araki's Smiley Face (Sundance, Toronto, Cannes); Wake,
opposite wife Bijou Phillips (Cinequest); and the short film
The Rooster, written by Danny Strong, for which he was
awarded Best Actor at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Other
recent independent credits include Alter Egos (Fantasia
Fest), directed by Jordan Galland; Made for Each Other
(Newport) and The Chicago 8 (Peachtree, Santa Cruz), in
which he played Jerry Rubin.
Mastersonıs television credits include series regular roles
on Joe's Life on ABC, Extreme on ABC and Cybill for CBS,
along with recurring roles on Roseanne and Party of Five.
Masteron owns the Los Angeles men's boutique Confederacy,
co-owns the venues Harvard and Stone in Los Angeles and The
Downstairs on Main Street in Park City, Utah. He currently
splits his time between Los Angeles, New York and Park City.
In addition, he is the co-founder of Gulf Coast
Detoxification Project and winner of the New York Police
Department's Heroism Award for his work with 9/11 rescue
The Boys are Back for a Brand New Season of TBS's Hit Comedy
Men at Work
Season 2 Premieres Thursday, April 4, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Men at Work the hit TBS comedy about four buddies who help
each other navigate the treacherous waters of work,
friendship and women is set to return for its hilarious
second season this spring. Produced by Sony Pictures
Television, Men at Work stars Danny Masterson (That '70s
Show, Yes Man), Michael Cassidy (The O.C), Adam Busch (Buffy
the Vampire Slayer), Meredith Hagner (Royal Pains) and James
Lesure (Las Vegas). The series was created by Breckin Meyer
(Road Trip, TNTıs Franklin & Bash).
Men at Work is set to launch its second season on Thursday,
April 4, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on TBS. the series
centers on four buddies who work together at a magazine and
form a modern day band of brothers as they navigate work
politics, life and love in New York City. Masterson plays
Milo, a bearded writer for the magazine who is still getting
back into the dating game after dealing with being dumped
early in season one, Lesure is Gibbs, a photographer and
successful ladies man. Cassidy plays Tyler, a features
writer who brings a dose of style and sophistication to the
group. And Busch is Neal, a somewhat nerdy ad salesman and
the only one in the group with a steady girlfriend (Hagner).
This season, Men at Work will welcome such guest stars as
Peri Gilpin (Frasier), Seth Green (Austin Powers, Robot
Chicken), J.K. Simmons (TNT's The Closer, Law & Order),
Jason Lee (My Name is Earl), Marsha Thomason (Lost, White
Collar) and Ben McKenzie (TNT's Southland, The O.C.). TBS's
Men at Work premiered last May and ranked as one of basic
cable's Top 10 new series of the summer with key adult
demos. The show's first season averaged 2.5 million viewers
in Live + 7, with 1.6 million adults 18-49.
Men at Work comes to TBS from Sony Pictures Television and
Fanfare. The multi-camera comedy is executive-produced by
Breckin Meyer, along with Fanfare's Jamie Tarses (Happy
Endings, TNT's Franklin & Bash, TBSıs My Boys) and Julia
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