Hello, Newman: Seinfeld's aggrieved mail carrier returns in anti-Trump voting PSA
Well, we would never have tied Newman as part of the #Resistance, but Seinfeld's famously edgy postman targets the hideous weed that is our president in a new PSA from PACRONYM, an anti-Trump super PAC.
“Hello, zip codes. And you plus four - you know who you are, ”Wayne Knight introduces. The actor comfortably slips back into the slimy and apoplectic temperament that is Jerry Seinfeld's main enemy. He goes on to address the "systematic, deliberate attack by President Trump and his so-called Postmaster General on the US Post" and occasionally pauses to chew on the chicken legs and cookies that are in his mailbag.
If the ad seems funnier than it deserves in this context, it's because it was written by Seinfeld alum (and Veep showrunner) David Mandel, no stranger to the tics that made Newman so memorable. According to Entertainment Weekly, it was Mandel who convinced a reluctant knight to repeat the role.
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"It was my diligent attempt to let Newman die," Knight said. "I was so attached to the character that it became a stone to me." But Knight was influenced by Mandel, who was well aware of the writer's talent. "If we could catch the voice, if we could make fun of it and get the message out, I would feel like it was being spread in a way that would reach people, and that was important," he said.
Not only does the language feel true to the character, but Knight is also able to channel the rising tide of anger and resentment Newman so defined, especially as he torments himself over the millions of Crate & Barrel catalogs, that just "stack and stack and stack". ”
"When the mail stops, the world stops!" he shouts, alluding to his previous statement that "when you control the mail, you control ... information!"
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