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“I had to get a little creative,” he says Paul T Goldman a few episodes into the new peacock series of the same name, which refers to the screenplay he wrote about the fall of a global sex trafficking ring. He also brings this energy to the chaotic production Paul T Goldman.
director Jason Woliner (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm) had been working on this project for a decade after Goldman tweeted him in 2012 and told him he needed help adapting his 2009 self-published book, duplicity, to the big screen. Woliner’s directorial work Nathan for you (and with Sacha Baron Cohen) no doubt prepared him for curveballs, but Goldman is one different character.
Portions of the six-episode series that debuted Jan. 1 play out more similarly The samplein which Goldman plays himself in a replication of events, and may not be entirely truthful. In the first few episodes we learn how West Palm Beach-based man discovered that his second wife, “Audrey”, was part of a global prostitution ring, prospecting him (and other men) for money.
The series remains more straightforward real crime format (talking heads, archive footage), it too plays with the limits a recovery. In one embarrassing scene where Goldman teaches an actress playing a sex worker how to behave — “You know, typical whore, no brains” — the camera cuts to Woliner covers his eyes.
Does Woliner give his subject creative control over certain aspects because it’s funnier that way? Goldman is an odd guy, and that’s entertaining at first, though He’s not a good actor, which is sometimes even more entertaining. Then there are well-known tough guys such as Frank Grillo and W Earl Brown in supporting roles alongside Goldman, which is a bit off-putting.
Woliner jumps in from time to time question if something happened, as Goldman saysbut lets the viewer decide if they think they’re honest or get one little creative. This is a man obviously longs for recognition and has one wild imagination: Whose vision is this?
Why it matters
Peacock got rid of a handful of them original comedy last year, and apparently is focus more on this theatre and real crime in 2023. Paul T Goldman is part of this push, a sort of true hybrid crime model. And they already exist Twitter theories about whether Goldman is real or an actor. (His old twitter account is still active but hasn’t tweeted since 2018.)
I didn’t get the last episode so maybe everything is coming together. But there was something is missing here: I didn’t laugh much watching it, but I was wondering if I should laugh at Goldman.
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*Initial publication: January 5, 2023 at 6:00 am CST
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, focusing on streaming, comedy and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch and the Village Voice. She lives in Austin, Texas.
https://www.dailydot.com/upstream/paul-t-goldman-peacock-review/ Peacock’s “Paul T. Goldman” experiments with the true crime format