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Episode 35 - Dead Poet's Society with Kurt Leitner

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Actor Kurt Leitner played Lester, one of the students in the classroom of Dead Poet's Society, a film that was highly influential for Matt. Kurt tells us about going from being a body double on set to becoming one of the supporting poets, organically coming up with the name Lester for his character as well as the character name of Spaz, his chicken walk making it into the trailer, and why his character didn't stand on a desk in support of Mr. Keating. Plus, we hear about the truly once in a lifetime experience of being directed in a playground atmosphere by Peter Weir and improvising with Robin Williams.

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This movie had such a profound effect on me when it came out. So great to hear Kurt's behind-the-scenes stories - especially about Weir's direction.

 

Another fantastic ep. of IWTT.

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Josh Charles is from Baltimore so i'd consider him local as well (close as Philly).

 

Looking up the school's famous alums and one is Loudon Wainwright III...

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