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Transcripts of White Collar DVD Extra "Pro and Con"

Hey. so I've started transcribing the White Collar Season 1 DVD Extras.  Here is the first one, for the extra "Pro and Con".  It took me more 45 mins to transcribe this short featurette, so the others may be a while coming.  Please comment if you use them if you want me to continue ;)

PRO AND CON

 

JEFF EASTIN

A lot of times in shows like this, what you’ll see is a character who’ll just sort of slide in, and disappear into a situation.  I wanted a guy who walked into a room and every head turned.  Because this guy is elegant, and he’s sophisticated, and he’s smart and he loves the attention.

 

*CLIP*

NEAL:

You can get me out of here.  I can be released into your custody.  I’ll help you catch him.

*END CLIP*

 

JEFF EASTIN:

When it came to really taking that character from paper and trying to turn it into a flesh-and-blood human, it was a difficult task. We spent probably six months casting Neal.

 

MATT BOMER:

Well, what always fascinated me about Neal was he had this dichotomy about him.  On one hand he was this hyper-intelligent, suave, sophisticated, self-educated individual.

 

NEAL:

It’s a forgery.

CURATOR:

That’s not possible.

PETER:

What are you talking about?

NEAL:

Uh, it’s the ink.  This is iron gal dye mixed to match period colors but it hasn’t dried yet. You can still smell the gum Arabic.

 

MATT BOMER:

But then on the other side, he was a big kid who was, you know, constantly testing his boundaries, didn’t really understand the concept of ‘no’, was always seeing what he could get away with.

 

PETER:

If you run and I catch you, you’re back here for good.

 

TIFFANI THIESSEN:

From day one Neal’s character comes in and makes a statement and, and funny enough Matt does that in his own life, so he’s really perfectly cast.

 

JEFF EASTIN:

What I really wanted with Neal was a guy who was a Renaissance man.

 

CRUZ:

What kind of a con man are you?

 

TIM DEKAY:

Neal Caffrey knows art, he knows wine, he knows a number of these things, and he likes them.

 

If you are ever in the mood to discuss medieval manuscripts...

NEAL:

You’d be surprised how often I’m in the mood for that.

 

WILLIE GARSON:

Neal Caffrey lives by charming people.  And that is his talent, is he can get anyone to do anything for him at any time and talk himself into any situation. 

 

PETER:

Unbelievable.

 

WILLIE GARSON

Neal’s character is who we all would love to be.

 

MODEL:

What’s going on?

NEAL:

You just became a very beautiful crime scene.

 

JEFF EASTIN:

Matt really has become Neal Caffrey.  I can’t imagine anyone else ever playing this character.

 

WILLIE GARSON:

What’s great about Matt is that he has an open face and an open heart.  So when you’re looking into his eyes and you’re doing a scene with him, he’s an open canvas.  And that’s very attractive to people and it’s also very easy to work with.

 

NEAL:

You probably have no idea who I am so I’m going to tell you.

 

TIFFANI THEISSEN:

He has got that unde—I mean, that just undenying charm that you just can’t get rid of.  He’s just very charismatic, you kind of get lost in his look, in his eyes.

 

TIM DEKAY:

First and foremost, Matt Bomer is an actor, who happens to be incredibly good looking.

 

MATT BOMER:

The People Magazine thing was completely out of the blue and a great surprise.

 

TIFFANI THEISSEN:

The reaction was that we weren’t surprised.

 

MATT BOMER:

My mom paid them I think 500 bucks for the honor.

 

WILLIE GARSON:

What’s there to say, you know, Matt’s a good looking guy.

 

ELIZABETH:

Just because someone’s accused of doing something, that doesn’t mean that that person is guilty, right?

NEAL:

Define guilty.

PETER:

You really think he’s the best person to ask?

 

TIFFANI THEISSEN:

The buddy-cop scenario is very central in our show because it’s the main story of the show and you see how different they are.

 

WILLIE GARSON:

There’s this very straight-laced, by the book, FBI agent and this devil-may-care, dashing, charming criminal.

 

PETER:

I’m glad we followed your hunch, hope it takes us somewhere.

 

JEFF EASTIN:

The entire show really hinges on the chemistry between these two guys and [Gail Pilsbury (?)] who is my casting director came to me and said, “We have a chance to get Tim DeKay for Peter” and I’d known him from Carnivale.  I thought he was an exceptionally good actor.  So we brought him in, and we really liked him and the next step was to have a chemistry read between him and Matt.

 

MATT BOMER:

The first time Tim and I read together, the second he left the room I said, “That’s the guy.”

 

JEFF EASTIN:

Very quickly, we realised these guys, they mesh.  The timing was just right on and they got each other.

 

NEAL:

You’re gonna think I’m crazy.

PETER:

That’s never stopped you before.

 

TIM DEKAY:

The chemistry thing – we just got lucky.  We did.  In order to have chemistry you need to be able to give somebody something so that they can catch it – and it’s fun to watch them catch it – and see them throw it back to you.

 

MATT BOMER:

Tim’s just such a wonderful actor that I feel really comfortable with him.

 

WILLIE GARSON:

Tim brings a real intelligence and an honesty to the role.

 

TIFFANI THEISSEN:

All my girlfriends wanna date Matt, but they all wanna marry Tim.

 

MATT BOMER:

He has this amazing, sort of Midwestern, wholesomeness about him that really makes you believe that a character like Burke could empathize with someone like Neal.

 

PETER:

Come on, Neal, you’ve gotta trust me.

 

MATT BOMER:

There’s always that line with Neal and Peter of that they can never really trust each other one hundred percent but they know they really like each other.

 

NEAL:

Do you trust me?

PETER:

Nope.

 

TOM BARDEN:

Criminals really don’t have very many boundaries.  So when you are working with a cooperating witness that is trying to mitigate or minimize his jail time, you really don’t have total control over what you’re doing.

 

PETER:

Neal, I don’t know what you’re up to but whatever it is, stop.

 

TIM DEKAY:

Peter gets frustrated with Neal, but it’s that frustration of “oh, this is not the right way to go about it but I know you’re helping solve the case.”

 

NEAL:

Do you wanna know what I found?

PETER:

No.

NEAL:   

She got rattled when she heard FBI.  She went to her desk and locked something in the top drawer.

PETER:

Oh, god.

NEAL:

I didn’t steal it.  I photocopied it.

 

WILLIE GARSON:

Neal would end up back in prison in five seconds if he didn’t have Peter.  And that makes a very playful, honest relationship.  They know they need each other.

 

ELIZABETH:

Why is it so hard for you to believe that he’ll do the right thing?

PETER:

Let’s just say that’s not his first instinct.

ELIZABETH:

And trust isn’t yours.

PETER:

Occupational hazard.

 

TIFFANI THEISSEN:

I think in the beginning there was hardly any trust but episode by episode I think you start to see that they’re becoming a little more friendly with each other and that they do count on each other because they’ve had to quite often in episodes.

 

                PETER:

                Do you think he did it?

                NEAL:

                A lot of money is always a lot of motive.

 

JEFF EASTIN:

It’s a little bit of a dance but here are two guys who, if you think about it, it’s like they’ve got everything in common.  They both know the same work and the both, in a way, have the same skill sets.  So, you want to talk about the intricacies of forging a Monet?  Well guess what, you can go talk to your agent friend because he knows those too.  So what you end up with are people whose interests overlap and so you can really have these deep, deep emotional connections between an agent and the source.

 

                PETER:

                Our jobs are lot easier when you run with us, not from us.

                NEAL:

                I’ll drink to that.

 

*~*~*~*

Transcribed by Melis (irish_twilight3).

 

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2010 Twentieth Centruy Fox Home Entertainment LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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