Bigger battlefield: ‘The Pacific’ or ‘Entourage’?

Double DGA nominee Nutter compares

David Nutter is nominated for two DGA Awards, one for “The Pacific,” the other for “Entourage.” Here, he compares the two experiences:

The “Entourage” and “The Pacific” episodes I directed this year are fixated, in my mind, as fully examined representations of Hollywood and Guadalcanal, respectively — and each had its own challenges insofar as prep, camerawork, working with actors and crafting credibility are concerned. You can’t mess with the history of one of America’s greatest battles — and I’m not talking about fighting World War II in the South Pacific. I’m talking about Ari versus Mrs. Ari, and making that conflict — which was the centerpiece of this past year’s shows, something that’s been building for a full seven seasons of “Entourage” — resonate for both casual viewers and those who’ve never missed an episode. Likewise, the Guadalcanal battle was something that was, initially, almost overwhelming to contemplate, and — within the scheme of “The Pacific” overall — it really brought the central character of Basilone to the forefront and explored his misgivings about that fact. It was a real honor to be a part of the telling of his story.

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