“It’s daunting to look at those on the page and go, ‘Uh-oh, I have to do that tomorrow,'” the actor explained to me Friday at the Netflix revival’s world premiere event. “But the writing is so good. And the logic of… the speeches is just so tight that it really isn’t that difficult to memorize. You trust that Amy’s going to get you there with relative ease.”
The quality of Amy and Dan’s four scripts elevated everyone’s work on A Year in the Life, declared Patterson. “It feel like the old team got back together, and we still got it,” he said. “In fact, maybe we’re better than we ever were. I don’t know if I did this kind of work [during the original series’ run from] 2000 to 2007. And maybe that’s because of the freedom Amy and Dan had with writing 150-page scripts. It was fuller. It was longer. It was deeper. We could go places that we probably wanted to go in the series but couldn’t go. Now we could go there.”
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