Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Words of Danny Strong

Danny Strong as Doyle McMaster, Editor of the Yale Daily News on Gilmore Girls
Danny Strong winner of two primetime Emmy Awards in 2012 for  HBO's movie Game Change.
Danny Strong took home two Emmy awards on Sunday night.

I instantly recognized Danny Strong for his role on Gilmore Girls, but I think most people recognize Strong for his role as Jonathan Levinson in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

It wasn't too long ago when I did the same double take when Danny Strong played a reoccurring role in Mad Men as Danny Siegel, a young ad man who's portfolio ends up influencing one of Don's taglines, and ultimately becomes a short term employee for the firm.

But despite these memorable reoccurring guest roles in TV shows, it's as a writer that seems to have caught people's eyes. More specifically, a writer of political films.

This wasn't Strong's first trip to Emmy - he was nominated in 2008 for the well awarded TV movie Recount (which won best directing and TV movie, Strong did not win).

This has my eyes on Danny Strong's future large screen projects - particularly the high profile cast explosion of The Butler, about a white house butler who serves over the span of many presidential terms (Kennedy, Eisenhower, Nixon, Regean, Johnson). The film is directed Oscar nominee Lee Daniels (Precious).

I imagine after the award success of Game Change, a lot of people's eyes will be on Strong and his writing - particularly those who get to direct and perform in his work.

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