Mozart in the Jungle Touché Maestro, Touché (2014–2018) HD online
|Episode cast overview, first billed only:|
|Lola Kirke||-||Hailey Rutledge|
|Saffron Burrows||-||Cynthia Taylor|
|Bernadette Peters||-||Gloria Windsor|
|Dermot Mulroney||-||Andrew Walsh|
|Malcolm McDowell||-||Thomas Pembridge|
|Gael García Bernal||-||Rodrigo De Souza|
|Mark Blum||-||Union Bob|
|Lang Lang||-||Lang Lang|
|Emanuel Ax||-||Emanuel Ax|
|Joshua Bell||-||Joshua Bell|
|Alan Gilbert||-||Alan Gilbert|
|Andrew Andrew||-||Andrew Andrew|
|John Miller||-||Dee Dee|
Dermot Mulroney is not only a talented actor but a gifted cellist. In fact, this is actually him playing in this scene! Dermot has played on numerous film scores including JURASSIC WORLD and INSIDE OUT. In 2009 he attended the Acadamy Awards as an orchestra member.
After the table read, Gael came to the writers to express his concern that the scene wasn't pushing the characters far enough--he thought the characters shouldn't just be talking about life or music, but everything. Jason and Alex Timbers played with writing it out but decided to try something the show hadn't done before and let the actors improvise. They made a list of prompts, then Jason and Roman held up cue cards with prompts like "DEATH" for the actors to go anywhere they wanted, all in one forty-five minute take.
Not surprisingly, finding a day when Lang Lang, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, and Alan Gilbert--all classical music elite--were all in New York and available was like a Tetris puzzle. The party scene had to be shot almost a month after the rest of the episode. It was one of the best days of Jason's life. He said "Seeing Lang Lang and Joshua Bell hanging out in the corner of a bar in Brooklyn" was why he was doing the show, for moments like that. He added "Everyone was so cool and totally happy to embrace being out of their element." Jason said that after working with Emanuel Ax, he hopes Emanuel can adopt him because "he's the greatest and made me laugh. Every single take was just funnier and funnier and better and better than the one before."
This particular day the earpieces malfunctioned an each person heard things at slightly different times. Gael conducted and the orchestra followed his cues, however, due to the technical glitch the players were out of sync. The error was quickly solved but it proved to be a significant insight into Gael's prowess. Dermot noted to director Jason Schwartzman that the orchestra followed along with Gael's movements perfectly, rather than just following the music..he had truly become their maestro.
The Ping Pong scene originally featured the musicians bowling. Lang Lang suggested Ping Pong because he actually does play to unwind and said realistically the musicians wouldn't go bowling because of the risk of injury to their hands. Like the tent scene, Lang Lang and Joshua Bell played for ten minutes while the cameras rolled.
The song in the Ping Pong scene is "Veridis Quo" by Daft Punk. One of Jason's all-time favorites, he said he listens to it at the supermarket because it makes shopping feel romantic and keeps you focused--you can't fall out of beat. He and editor Peter Hagen cut the scene to this song before knowing if they'd get the rights to use it but put all their eggs in the Daft Punk basket and got lucky.
The producers wanted to invent their own strange drug for Rodrigo and Thomas and thought the first attempt looked a little too much like marijuana, so they asked propmaster Michael Cory to make it "40% bright red gummy bear type stuff, 30% mushroomy brown Raisinets type stuff and 30% green as you have it."
Lang Lang's representatives told the producers he would love to play if they wanted him too and of course they did, going with his suggestion: "Hungarian Rhapsody". It was the last scene after a long day of Ping Pong and bowling and they only had time for one take. He sat and played it in one fell swoop, the crew all gathered around in awe of the beauty and ability of the world's greatest pianist performing right next to them.
The producers wanted Dermot Mulroney to guest star in the first season, but story-wise it didn't make sense. Once the second season was confirmed, bringing him in as a guest cellist was one of the first things that went up on the board.
To find the right speakers for Gloria's apartment, Jason and production designer Tomasso Ortino went back and forth emailing each other the craziest sound systems they could find for inspiration, but they couldn't find any they were happy with (meaning huge enough). They wanted something bigger. Jason: "the idea was that Gloria bought these speakers 30 years ago. At the time, they were top of the line. Most likely she could get them replaced by something smaller and perhaps with Bluetooth, but doesn't have the time". Tommaso ended up building a set of shells that stood about 15 feet tall.
When filming scenes which involve complicated music performances it is best to have the music pre-recorded, this insures that every take is the same tempo. The music is then pumped through special in-ear monitors worn by key members of the orchestra and Gael.
Bernadette Peters rendition of "C'mon to my House" sounded exactly like Peggy Lee version when singing "Fever."