Jeremy Allen’s white bowls on the bear and the adrenaline rush This is the world of high-stakes restaurants

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Hulu . series The bear It’s an eight-ring adrenaline rush of action, danger, damage control, and shock.

It even begins with star Jeremy Allen White Carmy clearing his cage for a roaring brown bear chasing his dreams: a metaphor for both the anxiety he feels about quitting his job at an upscale New York restaurant and returning to Chicago to run his family’s struggling Italian sandwich shop and the loss of his brother, whose recent death was Suicide is the reason for its existence in the first place.

“The general public has an idea of ​​torturing a chef because of Anthony Bourdain or Marco-Pierre White,” White told Rotten Tomatoes, checking the names of two famous celebrity chefs.



To prepare for the part, White read biographies and cookbooks of the chef, and staged (or held) prestigious restaurants such as Comico in Chicago, Republic of Los Angeles, and Pasigoli in Santa Monica, where he asked actual chefs about the stereotype of those with depression, anxiety, or behaviors The addictive ones are attracted to the industry. He came to the conclusion that restaurants attract a certain type of employee. But also, “If you really aim to be excellent in the field, sacrificing time is incredible.”

“How much time these people spend in kitchens — and not only are they in kitchens, but there is a lot of repetition — you really need to stay there,” White says. “And I think it can make people a little crazy. You’re in a white stainless steel box for 14 hours, sometimes 16 hours a day, and you do the same thing, day in and day out… and you perform every night. Service is a performance.”


The Bear - Jeremy Allen White, Lionel Boyce, Ebon Moss Batrash

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When the kitchen is closed, the staff spend several hours cleaning before going out possibly to get rid of the steam. And in a few hours, it was time to repeat the process.

in The bearWhite notes that “a lot of the show is done in the kitchen” – on a site that says it wasn’t much bigger than what you see on TV – and “everything is pre-lit; we really only use the kitchen lighting”.

“The exciting thing is that we were able to move very quickly — there were no really long settings — and we were able to shoot these very long shots almost like a stage,” he says. “I got a taste of what it felt like to be in that box and sometimes spent 12 or 14 hours there without having done much other than a cigarette break.”


Bear Jeremy Allen White from FX as Carmen Berzato, Lisa Colon-Zias

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He also got a taste of how humiliating a job can be – not because of the customers, but because of the other chefs and staff. In the flashback in Episode 2, Carmi is still at his fancy job at a restaurant who is being bullied by his selfish boss. In the penultimate episode, there is a series of f-bombs that might set a new TV record as Karmi scolds his staff and they all yell at each other over blazing stoves and flashing knives.

Canadian chef Matty Matheson is a co-producer on the show and also appears in a smaller role, while creator Christopher Storer’s sister, Courtney Storer, is also a chef. White says they will watch The bearHe shoots from the sidelines and yells things like “fuck more” and “you guys don’t mean each other enough”.

Before The bearWhite is best known for playing the role of second child, Philip “Lip” Gallagher, on Showtime’s long-running drama series. shameless And yes, yes, he knows: Carmi is another character from Chicago who suffers from familial dysfunction that includes a history of addiction. But he doesn’t think “Karmi’s upbringing was at all the same as Leap’s.”

He admits that the energy in restaurants is not much different from the pressure on actors and crew to get through the day filming a series or movie.

As a performer, he also understands the pressure Carmi felt to make a name for himself.


Bears from FX, Jeremy Allen White

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“I like to think I’m a little bit closer now that I’m 31,” White says. “But I was aware of this feeling of being immersed in the identity of your profession only… When I was younger I could have been hard on myself, and I would see my career as a sprint. And the roles I wanted, I wanted so badly, and if I didn’t get On it, it was really the end of the world. Now that I’m a little bit older, I look at my career a little more through the lens of longevity and look forward to things like a bit more of a marathon.”

While The bear Not officially renewed for a second season, White says Storer has ideas and that “when I finished reading all eight episodes, I felt like this was really an introduction to the show. We’re giving fans everything they need to now have a show about fine dining and at home.”

Consider the first season as an appetizer.


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The Bear: Season One
(2022)
Premieres June 23 on Hulu.


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