No hard feelings for man at work
MEN At Work creator Breckin Meyer’s close friendship with his leading man Danny Masterson proves he doesn’t hold grudges. The two have been mates ever since they crossed paths more than 20 years ago while auditioning for the same role on defunct US TV series Joe’s Life.
Meyer was cast for the series and Masterson missed out but that changed after the pilot for Joe’s Life was filmed.
‘‘They decided to replace him after the pilot and fired him and hired me,’’ Masterson says. ‘‘I love rubbing that in his face, but it’s true.’’
Meyer’s comedy series Men At Work is based around one of his own failed relationships and he called on Masterson, who played Steven Hyde in That ’70s Show, to be the central character, Milo Foster.
Milo is one of four friends who work for a magazine, and after he is dumped by his girlfriend, his friends Neal (the sensitive one), Tyler (the witty one), and Gibbs (the womaniser) rally around to offer their guidance.
Meyer and Masterson had worked together once before, on the stop-motion claymation series Robot Chicken. Meyer’s offer was timely.
After That ’70s Show ended in 2006, Masterson was in a holding pattern on a potential new series for Comedy Central on US cable TV when Meyer called.
‘‘About 2009 I started doing pilots for Playing With Guns and we shot two pilots over two years,’’ Masterson explains.
‘‘They wanted to shoot a third pilot because they kept recasting my co-star and I decided I didn’t want to do it any more – that was the same week that Breckin called.
‘‘I could have been on air two years earlier but I am glad it worked out this way because I really enjoy this show . . . and I love having him as a boss.’’
The first season of Men At Work is airing on Channel 7 and regional affiliate Prime7.
– DARREN CARTWRIGHT
Men at Work: Wednesdays, 9.30pm, Seven, Prime7.