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Joe Carnahan hands the WGA a bitchslap

The writer-director of “Narc” is in no hurry to join his brothers on the picket line, according to Christine Spines on the Hollywood Insider blog at ew.com.

“I feel like it was almost a fait accompli that the strike was going to happen,” says writer-director Joe Carnahan (Narc), who feels like opportunities for resolution were botched in the heat of the negotiations. “It’s dispiriting. You hire a federal mediator, why not hash it out? If I’d had my druthers, they’d get into a padlocked room and nobody would emerge until you had an agreement. They owe it to the industry to figure it out.”

This kind of vocal dissent has been rare among the WGA’s rank and file. But Carnahan insists he’s not the only Guild member with grievances over the strict new policies restricting striking writer-directors from tinkering with their own scripts on the set. “Some writer-director friends of mine think the strike agreement is a little neo-fascist,” says Carnahan. 

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He adds dryly, “I can’t imagine my life without Two and a Half Men, and I don’t want to go through Charlie Sheen withdrawal.”

‘Narc’ writer-director Joe Carnahan dismayed with WGA leadership [ew.com]

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