My guest this week is writer, director, producer, and podcast host Brian Koppelman, who’s film credits include ‘Rounders’, ‘Oceans 13’, and ‘Solitary Man’. More recently he co-created the Showtime show, ‘Billions’, which allowed us to have some fun talking about the world of hedge funds and investing. Brian’s method for chasing curiosity is something that everyone can learn apply in their own lives. In this chat, we discuss creativity, the importance of storytelling and why we are all so intrigued by billionaires.
1:28 – (first question) – Patrick asks Brian if he did TM as soon as he started getting into meditation. The two discuss the benefits of meditation.
2:57 – Looking at other experiences that match the feeling of meditation, which includes a discussion on running and sports
4:12 – Couch To 5K
6:10 – Looking at how the idea for ‘Solitary Man’ came to be and the creative process that led to it finally getting done
12:30 – Why Brian must be curious about a character’s motivation to write about them
13:20 – Why it can be difficult to stand pat
14:05 – Exploring the creative process, which requires curiosity and strangeness
16:39 – What does Brian do to make it possible to be creative. He discusses routines and the morning pages
18:51 – How Brian met his writing partner David Levien and how David helped him become a successful writer
23:43 – Getting immersed in a subject and how Brian got interested in the topic that led to the Showtime show Billions
26:15 – Interesting discussion on how billionaires are more like nation-states than citizens
28:35 – Exploration of why billionaires are celebrated in the US, even more so than athletes and rock stars
32:48 – How having lots of money can impact the way people relate to you
37:14 – Why so much reverence for billionaires and why they are obsessed with attaining that kind of wealth
40:48 – When people have a passion for something, they seem to be happier in life.
44:48 – Patrick talks about why some carpenters have unmatched happiness in life
46:30 – Grizzly Man
46:49 – Why we tell stories and some of the rules that need to be followed
49:48 – Why Brian started his podcast
50:33 – Stories across time are all the same and curiosity is the best way to discover good ones
51:07 – Meru
52:35 – The financier
53:19 – Looking at Brian’s most memorable day
58:30 – Kindest thing anyone has done for Brian
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