Every director is different. One of the great things about getting to work with so many directors in one TV series is collaborating with different artistic visions and voices. And they all have something to offer and making the story better and bringing their vision to what you see in the frame.

Beau Willimon

Voice, Vision, Directors


When you have both parties who will not find ways to compromise, who won’t meet in the middle, you have paralysis. It’s the perversion of idealism.

Beau Willimon

Party, Way, Compromise


In Washington, if you’re a congressman or a senator or the President, you make much more money than the average American, but you’d think that if you were the leader of the free world you’d be making major bank, and you don’t.

Beau Willimon

Thinking, Average, Leader


I refuse to buy a PS3 or Xbox for my home for fear that it might ruin my life. I think I would cease to accomplish anything productive, would quickly dispense with all human contact, and would very well end up with a nasty case of arthritis in my over-used digits from constant gameplay.

Beau Willimon

Xbox, Home, Thinking


The checks and balances is a way to prevent government from either devolving into an autocratic tyranny or an autocratic mob mentality.

Beau Willimon

Government, Balance, Way


The fact that slavery is written into the Constitution is about as entrenched a form of classism as you could possibly imagine.

Beau Willimon

Slavery, Facts, Constitution


Film is much more visual, a scene is typically a lot shorter, you’re dealing with a lot more characters, a lot more locations and you’re able to rely on things that you just can never do on the stage.

Beau Willimon

Character, Able, Location


The media doesn’t create narratives, really. They’re not that powerful. What they do is they tap into narratives that are already bubbling amongst their viewership or readership.

Beau Willimon

Media, Powerful, Create,


It’s a rough and tumble game whenever power is involved – people’s ambitions, their desires, their competitive spirit will often push them to play outside the rules. It’s dramatic, it’s interesting, and I think it’s something we can all identify with to a degree.

Beau Willimon

Power, People, Game,


Money is finite; it’s limited by a number and what you can buy with it. Power has no limits if you’re willing to go far enough in order to get as much of it as you can.

Beau Willimon

Money, Go, Order,


Is self-interest a bad thing? We want our leaders to be pure and good, but at the same time we want them to be effective, and to be effective you often have to be ruthless and not bound by ideology or the same morals that we pretend to hold ourselves to.

Beau Willimon

Good, Time, Bad,


Like any young person who gets into a political campaign, I joined out of a highfalutin’ desire to change the world. But you start to see the sort of tactics people use. You start to see politics not only in the macro but in the micro of the campaign itself. Some people get turned off by this side of it. Other people are drawn to it.

Beau Willimon

Change, Politics, World,


You always want to try, in everything you do, to attempt something you’ve never tried before, and the only way to succeed at that is through failure, and the only way to succeed through failure is just banging your head against the wall over and over until you get to that interesting thing on the other side.

Beau Willimon

Failure, Never, Way,


I don’t desire happiness. I think it’s a myth, and I don’t think it’s… and it makes you complacent. I feel very satisfyingly uncomfortable. I have the freedom to feel uncomfortable in the way I want to, is maybe a way to put it.

Beau Willimon

Happiness, Freedom, Feel,


When you’re lucky enough to get paid a nice chunk of change to write a movie or a TV show, you have no right to complain, really. I guess it’s more of an appeal to the powers that be that the less they interfere, the more likely, actually, they are to get something that works, I think.

Beau Willimon

Change, Think, More,


This is the way I think about politics: We want two diametrically opposed things from a politician. On one hand we want them to be bastions of moral integrity, perfect people, saints. And on the other hand, we want them to be effective leaders.

Beau Willimon

Politics, People, Integrity,


People in D.C. are so psyched when anyone dramatizes them in an exciting way. They’re a lot more open to looking at the nastier side of themselves than the media is.

Beau Willimon

Way, Looking, More,


If you really think that ambition, power, lust, desire are not as applicable in the media as in politics or on Wall Street or anywhere else, you’re deluding yourself.

Beau Willimon

Politics, Yourself, Happy,


Richard III is not likeable. Macbeth is not likeable. Hamlet is not likeable. And yet you can’t take your eyes off them. I’m far more interested in that than I am in any sort of likeability.

Beau Willimon

Eyes, Your, Cool,


You just have to re-wire your brain when you’re shifting from the stage to the screen or the silver screen or the HD flat screen.

Beau Willimon

Brain, Just, Silver,


Film is much more visual, a scene is typically a lot shorter, you’re dealing with a lot more characters, a lot more locations, and you’re able to rely on things that you just can never do on the stage.

Beau Willimon

Never, More , Things


The economics of being a playwright are abysmal. I like to think of the work I do out in Hollywood as a way to actually make a life in the theater easier.

Beau Willimon

Husband, Work, Being,