03/22/2012 11:30AM

Milch, Mann discuss end of 'Luck'


The cancellation of HBO's Luck is still making waves in the media. On Wednesday, New York Magazine's culture blog, vulture.com, published a lengthy interview with "Luck" producers David Milch and Michael Mann.

Read the entire interview here: The Vulture Transcript: Michael Mann and David Milch Open Up About the Cancellation of Luck

Here are some key excerpts:

On whether they had hopes for continuing the series after hearing the news of the third horse's death:
"Mann: No. For both of us who work in media, we understand the reality of it, and there’s certain physics. I mean, three horses is three too many, and when this third one went ... It’s a very common act, to have died. You know, you knew that this was unsustainable, that the fact of it is just going to make it ... I don’t know if we could individually articulate it. You felt sort of the resounding sense of, you know, 'This can’t work.' It’s like trying to negotiate with gravity. Because of the media attention as well as the fact of it, it just becomes an impossibility."

On the accusations from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that horses on the show were unfit or mistreated:
"Milch: Just to pursue this a little bit, I was embarrassed for PETA when I read some of their statements, [of ] the savage ignorance of the realities of what we were doing ... They talked about 5-year olds being too old to race. A 5-year-old is in the absolute prime of his racing life! They [said] that the horses were found to have been medicated at necropsy ... Well, of course they were [found to have been] medicated at necropsy. They’d been medicated in the aftermath of being injured! This was beyond irresponsibility, the distortion that took place in order to make those accusations."

On what was in store for season 2:
"Milch: With 'Nostromo,' Joseph Conrad said that he had wanted to write a novel about the degradation of an idea. That's what we wanted to show in the case of Dustin Hoffman’s character, Bernstein. A dream that he had had, which is an organizing principle [that] we begin our lives with, he finally felt he had an opportunity to live that dream out."

For more of the interview, click here.