“We’d briefly considered doing one in the style of The Hollywood Reporter‘s roundtable series, but nixed it because it would be logistically difficult to pull off,” Levick said. “Then when our producer Harris Mayersohn and director Johnny Frohman got involved, they pushed us in that direction. I think it was the right decision, because having eight people there was fun and it allowed us to tackle a greater variety of topics, such as broccoli.”
“We also now own a big tabletop. If anyone wants to buy it for $1,000 please contact us,” Suresh said.
“As I said in my Facebook Marketplace posting, it’s 8′ diameter round table in Maple plywood/MDF, 1.5″ thickness with maple edgebanding. Table separates in two parts, assembles on site with screws from the bottom,” Levick added.
“Again, it’s not a table. It’s just the top. It functionally serves no purpose whatsoever. It’s $1,000,” Suresh continued.
The final sketch ended up being a mixture of written and improvised material. When asked whether this was inspired by any particular roundtable exchanges, Levick said he noticed a few recurring themes in all of them.
“Every [roundtable interview] starts with the moderator jumping right in with a hard question, and one of them making a joke like ‘Whoa. Guess we’re jumping into the deep end!,’” he said. “The roundtable content I revisit the most, though, is the 60-second motivational clips that get shared on TikTok, IG reels, and YouTube shorts. It’s usually an actor saying something mundane about working hard but there’s emotional music underneath that makes it feel like a dramatic speech. For example, there’s one of Tom Hanks saying ‘this too shall pass’ and Jamie Foxx nodding and going ‘right’ and it has 6 million views.”
As for Theroux, they were connected by mutual friend Dave McCary (aka Mr. Emma Stone). Suresh said that “MLK’s Dresser was Justin’s idea but it wasn’t until midway into editing that we had the thought to make it into a cutaway.”
Justin Theroux, when asked to comment, told me in an email that, “I was so grateful to be invited to talk about my craft and a story I am so passionate about. As for my Film ‘MLK’s Dresser,’ it was an honour to tell the real fake story of this towering fictional man who shared such a special fake story with the real Martin Luther King Jr. Had he existed, the impact he could have had on the Civil Rights movement is staggering. I could go on of course but am currently away shooting the sequel ‘MLK’s Dresser: A Stitch in Time.’ I hope GQ editorial might find a few columns to spare closer to its release.”