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“We made a decision the very first season—spoiler alert!—when Don was on the train and the guy calls him Dick Whitman; there was a conversation in the room that Don would take this guy and walk him towards the smoking car to have a drink or conversation and push him off the train. It would have been a very interesting show but I said, ‘Don Draper doesn’t kill people.’”
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We made a decision the very first season—spoiler alert!—when Don was on the train and the guy calls him Dick Whitman; there was a conversation in the room that Don would take this guy and walk him towards the smoking car to have a drink or conversation and push him off the train. It would have been a very interesting show but I said, ‘Don Draper doesn’t kill people.’

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“I was really interested in the idea of, ‘Just when she thinks she’s out, they pull her back in.’ I figured that as long as I really serviced that idea, I felt like I could make the bulk of the Veronica Mars fans happy, and that most of the rest of the stuff would be like dessert.”

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas on making a good movie while keeping long-time fans happy
What did you think of the movie? Did it work?
I was really interested in the idea of, ‘Just when she thinks she’s out, they pull her back in.’ I figured that as long as I really serviced that idea, I felt like I could make the bulk of the Veronica Mars fans happy, and that most of the rest of the stuff would be like dessert.

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas on making a good movie while keeping long-time fans happy

What did you think of the movie? Did it work?

  • Q: How did you get to be the face of the Venmo campaign?
  • A: Mostly luck; I was just in the right place at the right time. Iqram, one of our cofounders, spotted me making coffee for myself in the morning after an uninspiring meeting with an ad agency and had one of those moments of clarity. Apparently “Lucas uses Venmo” has a good cadence.

  • Q: Do you regret your facial hair choice?

  • A: I didn’t have a choice. We shot the ads during Movember.

Lucas speaks.

Q: One of your most memorable scenes had Skyler getting up from dinner with Walter, Hank, and Marie and walking into the swimming pool. What was it like for you to shoot that scene? Can you swim?

A: I’m a decent swimmer, thank God, but I never thought I’d be able to do that kind of thing, because it required me having to be trained with scuba equipment, with a regulator. Going under the water and staying under the water for periods of time gives me claustrophobia.

But I also like a good challenge. The boys always got to do a lot of stunts on the show. So when I got to do something that was stuntlike, I thought, okay good. Now I finally get to do something.

It was hard to tell from the shot, but I actually had to walk into the pool, and then there was a cut after I walk down into the water. Our wonderful special effects people and our stunt people had to build a wire cage, and they rigged that blue skirt I was wearing onto the wire cage so that the effect of the skirt billowing around my head was created.

They placed that wire cage in the deep end of the pool. That’s why they had to train me to go underwater and breathe with a regulator.

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