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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.
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!
NOTE: This was long before we heard
about the rape charges and subsequent conviction of the
actor. We're very disappointed that someone so funny would
also be so evil. Then again, there's Bill Cosby...
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!
2. 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.
3. The show is very funny and I love the cast.
They're very good looking.
4. 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.
5. 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?
6. 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.
7. Does your wife like it?
Yes. Yeah. So that helps.
8. 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.
9. 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
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 shirtless.
10. 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.
11. 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 Lesure ... 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.
12. 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.
13. 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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