Television Q&A: How much leeway do actors playing zany characters get?

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You have questions. I have some answers. Q: There are so many interesting and hilarious characters in television series and I’m wondering how much of it is the actor’s interpretation of what the script writers came up with. Or are they given a basic blueprint and then let loose with it. I’m thinking of characters such as Klinger on “M.A.S.H.” A: It depends on the show, the actors and who’s in charge. “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” for example, reportedly allows a lot of improvisation. And anyone working with Robin Williams in his comedic prime knew how he could take off in a scene. Jamie Farr, who pl…

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