‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner Talks About Bringing Home Souvenirs from Set; Says He’s Open to Mixed Reviews for Show’s 2015 Finale


"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner recently spoke with the Wall Street Journal where he openly admitted to the possibility of receiving negative feedback from fans come 2015's series finale.

"The road has been paved for a mixed review, no matter what. I do what I've always done on the show and rely on the people around me. The actors, writers, and my wife all liked it, so that's all I can go on at this point. I hate to say this --- obviously ending the entire series is significantly more pressure - but it's been that way every year," he said.

"I never knew if the show was coming back for most of the series, so we treated every episode 13 like it was the end. It's very bittersweet and high-pressure," he added.

In a separate interview with Esquire, Weiner also admitted to bringing home some of the fanciest souvenirs he could ever find on the set of the series.

"Oh my God, I took too much home from the set. I would have taken everything! It's my favorite period. I had emotional attachments to everything. One of the specifics - I took Don's Clio, the one he broke upon his desk. I have to admit, I took something from almost everybody's set. I took Roger's bar. Roger's bar is the happiest bar on the show, so I always thought that would be nice," Weiner revealed.

Meanwhile, the "Mad Men" creator, who recently directed his film debut "Are You Here," tackled the reality of male friendships or "bromance," Reuters noted.

In an interview with the publication, Weiner talked about what exactly he wanted to explore in the movie.

"They think they're in a stoner comedy together, and then all of a sudden you realize Owen's character has a substance abuse problem and Zach's character is mentally ill. As the reality starts to sink in, it's not like there's no jokes throughout it, but you get stripped away to what I hope is more poignant and slightly emotional examination of what holds us together," Weiner narrated.

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