Today, for War Story Wednesday, I wanted to pass along the response from Ed Wasielewski when I asked him if anything unexpected happened during the filming of the docu-series.
“There was one time that I let an important production staff member drive at the tail-end of a very long road trip back from Indiana. We were all sleep-deprived and he was trying to lend a hand with the driving. We were somewhere on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
“Normally, I like to drive myself unless it’s someone that I really know and trust, and this important production staffer was driving and he almost wrecked the vehicle when he dropped his Starbuck’s bottle. He reached below to grab it, eyes below the steering wheel, and we’re on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and I was starting to think, “This could be my last trip.”
“I think I learned a valuable lesson that night: unless I’m driving or it’s someone I completely trust, no one else is ever driving on one of these long trips again. It was a pretty important production guy, and I couldn’t say more than, ‘could you pull over? I’d like to finish driving on this trip.’ I mean, I was texting with my staff member from the back seat: ‘What do we do here? Are you OK to drive?’ ‘Anything’s better than this’, he (texted back).
“There aren’t too many moments when you’re thinking, ‘Oh my goodness, this could be it,’ but this was one of them. We were all kind of sleep-deprived, but his driving left a lot to be desired.”
Stories from the road like this one will make up the series, The Agent, which kicks off in six days (Aug. 11, 10E/9C) on the Esquire Network. If you read this blog faithfully, you’re not going to want to miss it.