Interviews with Josh Charles on The Good Wife Season Finale

Josh Charles in Vulture and Entertainment Weekly talking about Will and The Good Wife season finale (The Dream Team).

On Will-Alicia:

So does this mean it’s really over for Will and Alicia? Or will that always be in the air?
I really don’t know. I do know that the relationship has shifted into a deeper place, and you see that in the finale. There’s a really nice scene between Alicia and Will towards the end of the episode that was one of my favorites to shoot, and you’ll see what I mean when you watch it. It’s a complicated relationship. There’s a lot of love there, so who knows …

On Will-Callie:

I don’t really know what [series creators] Robert and Michelle King have in mind specifically, but I’ve done two movies with Julianne [Nicholson] and I absolutely adore her. I think she’s a great actor and I really like her character. I like the idea of two addictive personalities together. There’s potential drama there.

On working with Jerry Adler (Howard Lyman):

First of all, I want him in every scene I’m in. I’m obsessed with him. I love the character. I love how they write it, the shifts and turns and how they’ve utilized him. I love Jerry. I love this beautiful humanity he brings to the role. He’s such an amazing person with such history in the business and such a class act. He brings such an incredible energy to the show. The scene where he asks Diane and me if Cary’s gay because he picked two men that he wanted to be on a deserted island with — if you could watch the outtakes on that, I cannot believe they cut it together because I didn’t even know I gave them one take without just completely almost pissing my pants. I would say I laughed in all but maybe one take. There’s just something about his delivery, he slays me.


Dan Rydell versus Will Gardner

Before Josh Charles was our favorite suspended, ethically-challenged lawyer in The Good Wife, he was our favorite sports anchor in Sports Night.

Yeah, I’d ditch Peter Krause for Clay Davis too. Lisa Edelstein, on the other hand, can stay.

In real life, Josh Charles is five years younger than Julianna Margulies, but I totally believe Will and Alicia went to law school together.

Obviously The Good Wife needs to have a scene like this too, to match this picture. I nominate David Lee as the other guy.

Will Gardner and his magical hands.

The Good Wife S03E16 (After the Fall) Review – “Some Schmuck in Chicago” Edition

Do Will’s sisters think he’s poor or something? He’s a named partner in a big law firm (worth 38 millions in yearly assets, according to Will), he’s a guy who once loaned $100,000 to his friend Judge Baxter, I’m sure Will can afford to be out of work for 6 months without needing to find another job or needing his brother-in-law to put in a good word with some people. On the other hand, it’s really hilarious to see his sisters not really making much of his success as a lawyer. I wonder what was Will’s true calling, if it was true that he only became a lawyer because his father wanted him to? 

“I know you guys think I’m just some schmuck in Chicago, but I have three hundred employees waiting on my words”.

“I swear, I could win the Nobel Prize, and you’d still think I gave up my calling.”

“You guys do know my firm has 38 million dollars in yearly assets, right?”

“Who’s that? You got your sweet voice on.” Hah! Busted, Will. I knew his sisters will mistakenly assume Kalinda is the woman he was speaking on the phone with the minute she walked into the apartment. Kalinda seems to take it all in stride. I love Will running out of his bedroom the minute he heard his sisters greeting Kalinda. But Will, taking her into your bedroom! Surely that’s not going to cool the speculation. 

That judge is just a jerk. You’re a grown man acting in a professional capacity, stop being so easily manipulated by the latest pliant, docile, pretending-to-be-helpless-will-you-help-me-ou-here-mr-strong-judge pretty blonde. If you’re to stupid to see through Nancy Crozier’s and Caitlin’s faux-naive, ditzy-blonde act, then you’re too stupid to be a judge. I guess I don’t really blame Alicia for resorting to the same tactic as Crozier and unleashing Caitlin on the judge since the judge was so obviously smitten with Crozier and being biased against Alicia, but the whole thing leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It’s like feminism never happened at all. Bad behavior all around, not just by the male judge, but also by the female lawyers.

Eli, Julius and David Lee as the circling vultures trying to replace Will and muscle him out is predictable, but still hilarious. I suspect Diane’s refusal to even entertain the notion is not just out of loyalty to Will, but because those three annoyed her so much with all their scheming. So Will is back in his office, not sure in what capacity.

I don’t buy the Peter-being-the-keynote-speaker-at-the-DNC storyline at all. Come on, a lowly state’s attorney, who’s never even held statewide office, given that prominent a national platform? Barack Obama was a state senator running for the US Senate when he was chosen to give the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. If this is the comparison they were going for, then it’s so far out, they’re not even on the same continent. Plus, we know that in The Good Wife universe, the current President is Barack Obama (he’s been referred to as the President in numerous episodes). Can you imagine Obama as the Democratic presidential nominee agreeing to someone with Peter Florrick’s tawdry history to give the keynote address at the convention? NOT.GONNA.HAPPEN, no matter what Donna Brazile might say. (Plus, if we’re talking real-world facts colliding with the show universe here, how much pull does Donna Brazile have with the Obama campaign anyway? I just can’t imagine David Plouffe or David Axelrod caring a lot about Brazile’s opinion on who should give the keynote address).  

Will’s apartment is awesome! He has a grand piano. And there are cute little plants in his room. And I’m not seeing a huge flat-screen TV. What happened to you big TV, Will? Did you dump it after the break-up with Tammy?

The Good Wife S03E16 (After the Fall) Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek for The Good Wife S03E16 (After the Fall). And it’s all about Will.

Kalinda: Will, when I leave, you’re not gonna curl up into little ball and cry, are you?
Will: Tears of joy and relaxation.

Heh. Kalinda Sharma, harbinger of truth! Remember when Kalinda told Alicia she’s a good lawyer, but she’s always expecting people to give her stuff? (this was because Kalinda thought Alicia wasn’t being aggressive enough in the battle with Cary to NOT get fired). Ahhh, good times. Is it just me, of does Will’s apartment suddenly become nicer than what we saw when he was dating Tammy? All I remember from that was a sofa, a huuuge flat-screen TV (and I mean HUGE, it’s the only thing I could focus on), and Will and Tammy fooling around under a blanket in front of the sofa. I don’t think it looked as nice and comfy as this, more like a bachelor pad owned by guy who has a lot of money but can’t decorate to save his life (and probably don’t really care about it). Suddenly it’s all throw cushions and plants? Did Alicia redecorate his apartment when they were sleeping together? Even weirder, it looks like he’s living in a loft or a converted warehouse, but the previous apartment looked like regular apartment. Of course the show will want us to think he just moved or something.