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Earl creator worked fast food during strike

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 15th 2008 5:41PM
Greg GarciaHere's a story that's bound to bring a smile to your face (it did mine). During the protracted, agonizing Writer's Guild strike, at least one Hollywood scribe chose not to lounge by the pool and wait it out. My Name Is Earl creator, Greg Garcia, decided to "get back in touch" with the TV viewers of America. He took a job at a fast-food restaurant, never letting on to his fellow employees -- or anyone else -- that he was an Emmy-winning writer/producer. As a cashier and occasional janitor, Greg spent the month of January rubbing elbows with the real world. You might wonder, why would he do it?

His answer is simple: "I've wanted to do a book about taking different jobs and what it was like to do them," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "This was the first. It may be a while before I do the second. But it's just about the fact that we live behind gates and work behind gates, and as a writer you start to lose touch with the audience. You start running out of life experience."

It was also a great experience for one of the coworkers Greg met. He gave his new friend a cashier's check for $10,000. "It was just something I felt I wanted to do." All in all, Greg benefited from his own private Sullivan's Travels (a great Preston Sturges' film from the 1940's in which a film director experiences the real world by leaving Hollywood).

"This wound up a really positive thing," Garcia said. "It didn't turn me off from fast food. In fact, it was really the opposite. The place was unbelievably clean. The people whom I worked with were great. And the work itself was fun. Really. I worked hard -- cashiering, cleaning the bathrooms. A few days in, they liked me so much they asked me to join their management team."

[via PopCandy]

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Andy

I would like to commend this man on not sitting on his Butt during the strike.If your a writter for My Name is Earl,how about taking the show back to its original set up ,with Earl checking off people he did wrong on his list.This Prison storyline was the pits,a show or 2 would of been fine,but it just went on too long.But hurry back I miss Earl on Thursdays...

February 21 2008 at 8:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rich

heh heh, "cashier's" check.

February 16 2008 at 12:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RI_red

For a decent version of this conecpt read "Selling Ben Cheever"

February 15 2008 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sitruc

While nice and interesting, I've always hated stuff like Sullivan's Travels and Nickel and Dimed. The subject always comes to an obvious conclusion that life isn't that easy for people who have to work. They also always come off as elitists and surprised in the end that work isn't easy or it's hard to get by without much money. Don't get me wrong. He did a good thing and I'm sure he got a lot from the experience, but the motives seem shallow.

February 15 2008 at 10:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Midnight Penguin

I totally wish I was the one working in that restaurant with him! Holy cow, 10k is an awesome gift.

Anyone know what the restaurant is? I'd love to know which one is super clean!

February 15 2008 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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