Interview: Ed’s first meeting with Mamet, working with Guest
Ever wondered how Ed’s ongoing collaboration with David Mamet started? He shares the tale with Backstage:
Do you remember the first time you met David Mamet?
Ed Begley Jr: I went to a restaurant on the Upper East Side to get a bite to eat. I walked in and there was my dear friend Tom Fontana, who was one of the writer-producers of “St. Elsewhere.” Next to him was a face I knew right away, having met him briefly years before at a fundraiser. I said, “Tom good to see you. Mr. Mamet, I don’t want to bother your dinner, but let me say I’m such a big fan. I love ‘Glengarry’ and ‘American Buffalo.’” I went on, as any actor would, about this great playwright. And he said, “It occurs to me that you might read a script of a play I’m about to do titled “The Cryptogram.” Would you be open to it? Instantly, I said, “Yes, of course! I will be a stagehand on the play, whatever you want.” I expected some small part and got a script that was a three-hander and a wonderful part. I called him right away and said, “I will do anything to play this role.”
Read the full interview: “Ed Begley Jr Reunites with David Mamet for Political Comedy ‘November’“