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Richard Splett has lived out his ultimate fanboy moment.
Veep dropped another Easter egg Monday morning by posting a video of Richard (played by Sam Richardson) interviewing his favorite movie star, Amy Brenneman. The chat posted to Let’s Talk About Splett, the blog the HBO comedy created for the character last season.
“I was on my way to work and I stumbled upon a movie being filmed with the star of my favorite film Heat, Amy Brenneman,” explains Richardson in character as Richard.
“I have to tell you, I’m a huge fan of Splett.net,” replied Brenneman. The Heat star then proceeds to school Richard in some of the facts of his “favorite” movie.
“The second we knew we had Amy coming on the show, we knew that Richard Splett had to meet her,” Veep showrunner David Mandel tells The Hollywood Reporter about breaking the fourth wall for the video interview. “We had to do it, because he’s such a Brenneman fan.”
Brenneman made a guest appearance this season on Veep as Selina Meyer’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) old college roommate, with whom the former president sexually experimented and won’t admit to. Brenneman actually landed the gig thanks to a joke the season prior, where Richard fawns over the actress and mistakenly said she starred alongside Robert De Niro in the 1995 film Heat, failing to mention Al Pacino. The Leftovers star tweeted at Louis-Dreyfus after the episode, suggesting she come on the show and play her old roommate.
The Splett.net video was filmed during a lunch break while Brenneman was on set to film the April 23 episode.
After rising the ranks, Richard now plays chief of staff to Selina in season six. Veep launched Richard’s blog last year, after the character referred to it on the show, but this season the show has upped the ante by adding vlogs after each episode. “Adding the video element allows Sam to do Richard in this world and lets us take advantage of what a brilliant improv comedian he is,” added Mandel.
In addition to Richard’s blog, the show’s elaborate online campaign includes a hub for the Meyer Fund, website for Congressman Jonah Ryan and site for Catherine Meyer’s documentary, Kissing Your Sister: The Story of a Tie.
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