Veep stars reveal the scenes they wish they could have filmed
Veep stars reveal the scenes they wish they could have filmed
Over the past six seasons, Veep has established itself as a potent political comedy that featured people's worst instincts on constant display in the best way possible. But now it's time for perennial POTUS hopeful Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her doomed cohorts to prepare their final address, as the seven-episode final season begins Mar. 31 on HBO. The writers have fracked so many gaffes and laughs from these tragically flawed characters, but surely there’s some story or joke that the Veep actors had always hoped would happen, but the clock ran out and it never did. (Or maybe it was just too bananas.) Here, Louis-Dreyfus & Co. spill the dream scene that remained just that.
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Tony Hale (Gary)
“When Selina was highly medicated and she started professing her care and love and dedication to Gary, that was just his nirvana," says Hale. "I remember thinking, ‘Wouldn't it be fun if something happened where there was a dream sequence where Gary’s dream came alive? Her just nurturing him and wanting to spend the rest of her life with him — and at least seeing value in him.' I remember one scene, I was sick and she was feeding me food and you thought, ‘Oh that's nice,’ and then it comes up to find out all she did was cut up a chicken sandwich and put it on top of old pasta. But there's this crazy dream sequence of his ideal world with Selina. And I think it would still be serving her, but she would have such mutual adoration and appreciativeness and love and care, because he's always chasing that carrot. It's just like that: One day she'll see him. So that would have been a fun dream sequence to have. And it would be like a virtual reality experience. I bet he would have his own virtual reality experience of an ideal world with Selina in his apartment, and then the sad times where he has to turn it off and step back into his abusive reality.”
Sam Richardson (Richard)
While Richardson would liked to have seen the ever-pleasant Richard be mean to someone, he really would have played more with the idea of Richard being obsessed with Area 51. "That would have been a fun thing," he says. "Either he finds out that there's something to it and he's almost mad at being unable to tell anyone, or that it's not true and him being like, "Well, it's gotta be true!’ and being bummed or flummoxed about that: ‘Well, no, I've seen something!’"
Anna Chlumsky (Amy)
“This is from years [ago], but I always had this imagined backstory that Amy had an affair with her professor," says Chlumsky. "I always relished the idea of that professor coming back in her life in some way, like him ruining her life in some way. He was her first Selina, basically. Some kind of ‘Yes, of course I'll sabotage the campaign for you,’ or something. He would definitely play on her torch for him and then completely betray her because, you know, it's Veep.”
KEVIN DUNN (Ben)
“I joked with the writers for the last season that we find Ben out on a ledge of a building, ready to end it," shares Dunn. "Then Selina comes and tries to talk him out of it, and she succeeds, and he's going to come back in. Selina looks and says, ‘Okay, he's coming back in!’ And she goes out to give him a hand… and he's gone. He jumped.”
Sarah Sutherland (Catherine)
“Part of what I loved about the introduction of Marjorie [Clea DuVall] is you got a window into Catherine's personal life outside of her dysfunctional relationship with her mom," says Sutherland. "Getting to see Catherine's personal life in college when she was studying experimental theater sounds bizarre and interesting — and you would see a different side of her than what you've seen in the show. It probably goes in line with her hippy parenting.”
Reid Scott (Dan)
“I started pitching it season 3, season 4, like, ‘When the show wraps up, I want Dan to catch a stray bullet,'" says Scott. "That's the only fitting end for Dan — he can be murdered by a high-powered carbine rifle at distance.' Everybody laughed and rolled their eyes because that's sort of how I feel about Dan. Wonderful to play, but what a horrible piece of sh—."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Selina)
“It would have been nice if we could have seen Selina crowned queen," says Louis-Dreyfus with a laugh. "I would have loved to have had a crowning ceremony for Selina Meyer. I understand we don’t have a monarchy, and it wouldn’t have made sense from a political point of view and from a historical point of view, but if there was a way in which we could’ve woven that into the fabric of our show — the crowning of Queen and President Selina Meyer — the coronation would’ve been a magnificent moment.”
Matt Walsh (Mike)
"It’s more of a joke, but the one scene that was always pitched back [in earlier seasons] was that Mike had a monkey on his shoulder, and he would punch it in the face and say, ‘Shut up, monkey,’" recalls Walsh. "There was a whole Veep beta show for a while — things that would never air.”
Gary Cole (Kent)
“Kent gives a toast that goes horribly south," says Cole. "Not one of his strong points.”
Clea DuVall (Marjorie)
“I wish I had had scenes with Tim," she says. "Tim and I were in a couple of the same scenes but didn't really get to interact. I [would love to see Jonah and Marjorie] being stuck together, just waiting for something that is taking a long time to happen, like Jonah trying to make conversation — guy talk with Marjorie. Obviously, Marjorie has so much more experience with women than Jonah, so then just engaging him and asking him questions, and he very obviously is lying with all of his answers. Trapping him into revealing how little experience he has with women.”
Timothy Simons (Jonah)
“At the end of season 3, we're shooting this unbelievably long day," says Simons. "Selina was debating Governor Chung [Randall Park] as well as a few other people. I always wanted to do this bit where I stood in front of the 'Chung for President' sign, and if you stand in front of it in the right way, it says ‘Hung President.’ [Laughs.] And I fought so hard that day, and I almost made an ememy out of [writer-producer] Tony Roche and [director] Chris Addison, who are good friends of mine to this day. I almost burned both of those bridges being like, ‘Put a camera on it. Have Amy walk by and I'll make a face and then we're done!’ And they were like, 'We are shooting 33 pages today. We cannot do it.'" (At least you can enjoy it in photo form, as seen above.)