Forrest says yes to so many crazy funny adventures on the show. Where did you draw the line in the writers room?
We usually drew the line on things that were physically implausible. But sometimes it was hard to know where to draw that line. For instance, in the fifth episode of our first season we had Forrest go into space on a private space exploration shuttle like SpaceX or Virgin Space, whatever those things are. But none of those things exist yet. You cant buy a ticket to go to space yet. Probably in five to ten years that will be possible. But at the time I was kind of worried. This show takes place in the real world, were really asking people to take a leap with the plausibility of this. But no one ever had a problem with it. I never heard from one person. Of all the people all across this internet who pick nits with this and that nobody ever said, Hey, thats not real yet. So where you think the plausibility line is, is very much open to interpretation. But yeah, plausibility is important because we do want it to feel like this is taking place in the real world. Thats the only real line because we dont mind putting Forrest through outrageous, ridiculous adventures.
In season 3, Forrest reaches new offensive heights. It was really funny, but was there any hesitation?
We did have one where Forrest was going to get breast implants. But it just seemed like all of the jokes ended up being jokes possibly at the expense of people in gender transition. It started to feel like even though on paper it seemed funny to see Forrest with breasts and negotiating life, it was not going to be fun for some people. And of course in our episode, Little Person, we talked a lot about how to be on the right side of that how to make it clear that Forrest is the idiot and the show knows hes the idiot. So that was kind of the model for Helen Keller in season 3. Forrest was going to unnecessarily hamper his own ability to do this well by becoming artificially deaf and blind instantaneously. Before he can really do any research into Helen Kellers life or what it means to be deaf and blind, he just makes himself incompetent from the get go. He starts out from a place of ignorance and false assumptions. So hopefully the way you feel watching the piece is that Forrest is the idiot and the show knows hes the idiot. Were not trying to make fun of anyone but Forrest.
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Is there any message that you hope the audience walks away with after watching Review?
I think theres definitely a work/life balance message to be communicated on this show. I think Forrest is obviously a person who sacrifices way too much for his work and as it happens his work is idiotic so that doesnt help. If theres one message, its to get your priorities right in life.
So whats next for you, do you know yet?
Im not sure, I ended that experience thinking it would be nice to be just be an actor on somebody elses show, let somebody else sweat all the details so Im kind of casting about for the perfect acting job. But at the same time, after a few months of not writing anything I had to write something, so Ive written an animated pilot called Dalton Wilcox and the Journeymen. So fans of my podcast will have some idea of what to expect from that. So the process of figuring out if anyone wants to put that on television has just begun and hopefully someone will. Yeah, it turns out I love writing and acting, so Ill have to find ways to keep doing both of those things.