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'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Creator, Luke Kirby Unpacks 'Hurt' Lenny Bruce Ending Scene: 'You Really Can't Go Backwards'

[The following stories include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel main Spoiler*) Series finale, “Four Minutes.”]

Lenny Bruce (Luke Kirby) made love to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and sincere return) in the series finale “Four Minutes”.

Season 5’s finale with Lenny performing second to last started his career at Basin Street West in San Francisco 652, before dancing on stage, he was mostly concerned with his legal problems. The show actually happened, seeing one of the comedian’s last performances a year before his tragic death in August 1966 exist40 age.

“As long as he’s on stage, those are always Lenny Bruce words—every word,” The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Co-Producer Daniel Palladino Tells Hollywood reporter. “We would do some trimming, but we never add.”

Towards the end of Lenny’s set, the audience sees Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein) was in the audience, watching the Legendary comics, and at this point he seemed to have gone too far. Backstage, while Lenny is waiting for his driver, Suzy approaches him and offers him a way out. She invites him to join her for coffee or food so they can discuss how to get him back on his feet.

“What a fucking disgrace I saw out there tonight,” Susie said to Lenny. “No one wants to see you babbling nonsense, man. They want you to be funny.”

She told him she could book him a club date, at There he could continue to perform as a comedian, and when he struggled to get back on his feet, he pointed out that he couldn’t set foot in a club east of the Grand Canyon after his legal troubles sent him west. When Susie tries to encourage him by explaining that she has connections and people who owe her favors, he stops her.

“You’re going to give me everything? Why?” he asked her. “Because you’re Lenny Bruce,” she replied, becoming choked up. “There’s always only one you. Let’s get him back,” she pleaded. “Keep those favors. Use them for someone of value,” he told her.

Alex Borstein as Susie and Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce Philippe Antonello/Prime Video

Kirby said he felt he was too deep when Susie made the offer to Lenny and that at that point in his life, it was Doesn’t seem like a viable reality to him.

“Susie was a little naive in what he was showing him from where he was sitting,” Kirby told THR. “You really can’t go backwards. I mean, I believe in second chances and all that, but you can’t go back to the level she presented – at least not back to his Reality and his type and where he comes from—that idea just doesn’t feel real to him.”

The Emmy winner also explained that for Lay As for Ni, as cruel as it may seem, he feels that his direction is at least true, and this is what he has been chasing.

When Lenny asks Susie Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) if she’s with her before he leaves, she tells him she’s alone — even though she’s not. He shrugged and walked out. Later, Susie finds an emotional Mickey and tells her that Lenny didn’t accept Susie’s offer to help him. When asked if she wanted to see him, Mickey declined, and Susie reassured her that she would try to talk to him again when she was in Los Angeles next month, suggesting they go get drunk.

Palladino says the reason Midge doesn’t want to see her old friends – usually the biggest supporters – is because it’s too “hurt” for her to see His state at the time.

“The real Lenny Bruce has been down this road for a long time,” he explained. “By then, this historical figure was very close to the end and had been off the rails for a long time. I don’t think you knew that Midge hadn’t tried before, and I think at the time, it hurt so much to see him like that.”

Co-Producer Amy Sherman- Palladino echoed the sentiment, noting that another part of the reason Midge didn’t see Lenny that day was because she didn’t want to hurt his ego.

“I think Midge sent Susie in – sent someone with no feelings on him – because I thought it would be awkward to see her too,” she said. Said THR. “For him, I think what she doesn’t want is probably all sorts of things. She just wants someone to pull him out, I think She sort of felt that if Suzy couldn’t do it, then no one else could.”

Alex Borstein as Susie and Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel Philippe Antonello/Prime Video

Kirby, for his part , it felt like it helped that Lenny met Midge the other day, as he was clearly eager to reconnect with her, but the actor wasn’t sure how much that would affect his character’s path.

“I think like it always does on this show, it always just lights up his world a little bit, being in the same room with him she ,” he explained. “So, that’s what I want out of it. I don’t have any idea or illusion that it’s going to change his fate, but for sure, I think it’s going to be a good night, considering everything we’ve done together. ”

instead of ending Lenny Bruce’s run The marvelous Mrs. Maisel saw a scene of him in one of his lowest moments and Palladinos decided to put him in Bring back the end of the last episode.

After risking a four-minute stand-up performance on The Gordon Ford Show, objected to the host’s Hopefully, Gordon welcomes Midge to the couch where all his guests sit and fires her from the show so she can pursue a career in comics.

At this moment, her career kicks off, and the show cuts to a flashback, after Mickey and Lenny have gone from friends to friends, and they’re in a New York City family. Chinese Restaurant Over a meal of salt and pepper shrimp, Lenny taught Mickey how to be famous while explaining that in autographs, fans shouldn’t see the autograph because they’ll feel cheated.

When Midge asked Lenny how he knew she would be famous, he did what he always did for her: he believed in her. He steals her fortune cookie and starts reading what she thinks is the fortune inside.

“The spotlight is waiting for you to take center stage, and all you have to do is step up and claim it,” Lenny said. “Once you do, everyone will know who you are. They will know your wit, your intelligence, your smile, your expressive eyes. They will be powerless to your charm. They will kneel at your feet, before you and your Worship at the altar of the corset.”

Their exchange ended with another sentiment of encouragement from Lenny to Midge: “You mark my words. Soon , and in the not-too-distant future, you’ll be paying for Chinese food.”

Kirby felt that Lenny’s conversation with Midge that night resonated with her. “We’re really lucky to have moments in our lives where someone is able to reflect the light they see in you,” he said. “I do think that whatever happened, it really helped her understand that in that moment she was carrying a gift in her and it was her responsibility to decide what happened after that.”

Although the producers considered showing the aftermath of Lenny’s death in Midge’s life – or even just in passing – they decided against it because the real life loss is so sad and the show started Everyone already knew that this was his trajectory, so why bother emphasizing it?

“For us, seeing him at his best, seeing the last picture of him on the night of the victory, seeing the night they were together , not only are they lovers at this point, but he’s still the one who says, ‘You’re going to be a big star. You’re going to be like, ‘That’s why we want Lenny to keep doing it,'” Sherman — Paladino said. “We wanted to bring out the best in him.”



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