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Chuck Lorre on his Golden Globe-nominated cast of 'The Kominsky Method': 'You certainly don't give a note'

Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Creator of multiple hit sitcoms that include "Two and a Half Men," "The Big Bang Theory" and "Young Sheldon," Chuck Lorre captured the eyes of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. with the Golden Globe-nominated "The Kominsky Method."

Starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin in a comedy about aging, the series also earned a nomination for Douglas as lead actor and Arkin for supporting. Below, Lorre talks about working with a pair of acting veterans as well as his decision-making behind making the jump to streaming after so many years on network TV.

Q: I imagine it's been a busy morning ...

A: I slept through the whole thing. My UTA agent was frustrated that I wasn't picking up my phone. He had my wife's number so he called her and woke her up and she woke me up. What a terrific way to start the day. What a beautiful rainy day this is. I'm trying to get to Burbank now -- I might get there hopefully by the end of the year.

Q: So when you're the creator of a TV show that stars Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, are you a fool to give notes?

A: It's not notes so much as a Q&A, a conversation. I try to communicate what I'm thinking and offer it up -- there's a lot of different ways to approach material and one of the smarter ways I've learned is to trust actors at this caliber. Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin have incredible instincts that are honed over, what, 50 years a piece? So part of my journey is learning to trust maybe what I'm hearing in my head isn't the only way to sing the song.

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Conversation is the only way to do it. You certainly don't give a note: Here's how to do it. That would be foolish. And they were very gracious and patient with me.

Q: Did you, a veteran producer, find it intimidating?

A: It was intimidating. They're not just actors -- they're Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. And I never forgot it. I can't even begin to tell you what a joyful experience it was to see the final result and to see the extraordinary chemistry between the two of them on camera. To get to tell a story about getting older with two great actors who could make it poignant and funny at the same time.

Q: Did you share stories about getting older?

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