A moral decision is not the choice between wrong and right—that’s easy—but between two wrongs.”

—DAVID MAMET, SCREENWRITER, PLAYWRIGHT, DIRECTOR

Chapter 8

Choosing Between Two Wrongs

Characters Trapped by Limitation

The expression “Between Two Wrongs” evokes a quote I read in an interview with the great playwright, screenwriter and director David Mamet in New York Magazine in early 2008. It was when he was working on The Unit for CBS, with co-showrunner Shawn Ryan (The Shield ). The interviewer, Boris Kachka, asked Mamet whether he’d sold out, because he had recently directed a Ford commercial and admitted it was for the money.

  • “And you needed the money that badly?” asks Kachka.
  • “Well, it’s nice to have, because you can buy things with it,” ...

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