If you like trivia, check out my other site, THE HARRIS CHALLENGE, and play every weekday!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Brian Koppelman, "Billions"

Brian Koppelman and David Levien were responsible for "Rounders," "Ocean's 13," and "Runaway Jury." Now they have a new Showtime series, "Billions," which debuts Sunday night on Showtime (you can watch the season premiere for free here). It stars Paul Giamatti as a US Attorney and Damien Lewis as the billionaire hedge-fund manager he's trying to take down.

I've seen the first six episodes and liked it enough to ask Koppelman to join me on the air and discuss:
  • How did you get your two leading men?
  • Did Giamatti know that he'd have to do scenes tied and bound by a dominatrix?
  • Is it hard to get actors to do nudity today?
  • How much was the show influenced by "The Wolf Of Wall Street" and "The Big Short"?
  • What was the genesis of a scene in an early episode in which Giamatti references "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"?
  • Was it difficult moving from 2-hour big screen movies to a 12-hour primetime series?
  • How do you maintain a consistent vision when you're using different directors for each episode?
  • Will there ever be a "Rounders 2"?
Listen, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!