'The Unit' creator Mamet turns to cartooning during WGA strike
LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Mamet found an immediate outlet for his creativity during the Hollywood writers strike.
In a cartoon published Tuesday on the op-ed page of the Los Angeles Times, Mamet played the labor dispute for laughs, appearing to lampoon Writers Guild of America strikers.
The cartoon, drawn in a rough scribble, shows two men, each wearing a "WGA on Strike button." One, with sunglasses and a palm tree-decorated shirt, says: "Whaddaya think, will we end up on the breadline?"
"I don't touch carbohydrates," the other cartoon figure responds.
Mamet, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (Glengarry Glen Ross) and a screenwriter, also is creator and executive producer of the CBS TV series The Unit.
The show remained in production Tuesday, the day after the union went on strike against producers, but Mamet was observing the walkout, as was fellow executive producer Shawn Ryan, a show spokesman said.
A request for comment from Mamet was made to his agent Tuesday but there was no immediate response.
Ryan, creator of The Shield, is a member of the WGA negotiating committee.