Paramount picket line: T-shirts speak louder than words

Tshirt_2 Screenwriter Larry Karaszewski (“The People Vs. Larry Flynt”) made a major fashion statement at Tuesday morning’s picket outside Paramount with a red T-shirt, one that was emblazoned not with the WGA logo but with a simple reprint of a recent LA Times story headlined: “Viacom profit shoots up 80%.”

Karaszewski gave credit to his daughter for making him the T-shirt for picket duty. “She has this kit and I figured it would be a real conversation-starter.

Karaszewski opined that the real galvanizer for the WGA, which had about three dozen picketers at the main Melrose gate, had been the AMPTP’s insistence on keeping its residuals revamp proposal on the table for three months before withdrawing it in mid-October. “Our side was helped a great deal by them being so hardline,” he added.

Valerie Harper, a SAG board member, told Karaszewski, “I love your T-shirt.”

Harper, who was carrying a SAG support placard, was on her second day of picketing at Paramount. She recalled that the lot was where she had gotten her first movie job as a dancer in 1959 for “Lil Abner.”

It’s really important for us as SAG members to let the writers know that they’re not out here just twisting in the wind,” she said. “It’s a moment of fairness for all us where we need to protect our ability to make a living.”

Tuesday’s picketing also drew Jeff Garlin, best known for his role as Larry David’s manager in “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He said the strike’s put an HBO series project he’s developing on hold.

Coming out here is about doing what’s right,” he added.

Garlin also said he’s optimistic that “Curb” will come back for a seventh season and used one of Larry David’s signature lines to express that: “I’d say the chances are pretty pretty pretty good.”
(T-shirt graphic: spreadshirts.com)

–Dave McNary

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