Paul Witt: A Phenomenon Reflects on a Phenomenon

My thanks to Soap executive producer Paul Witt for taking the time to speak with me yesterday, and for shedding a bit more light on what went on behind the scenes during the making of the iconic series.

More than 30 years has given the movie and television legend a more nuanced perspective on the controversies that raged at the time. Still, he observed, foreign cars and Vlassic pickles were among the few sponsors to stick by Soap, adding that he will only drive the former and have Vlassic brand pickles in the house.

I was happy that he could finally clear up at least one mystery surrounding the series when he confirmed that the name Father Flotsky was indeed a tribute to his hero at the time: Lenny Bruce. Considering the legal drubbing Bruce took throughout his career, I think that Witt would agree that Soap may have gotten off lightly after all.


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