The highlight of “Severance” Episode 7 has to be the music/dance experience Helly R. (Britt Lower) gained and enjoyed by all. TheWrap asked the best and worst dancer of this Macro Data Refinement mini-party, Tramell Tillman and Adam Scott, respectively, all about this memorable scene. (You know, before it became a fight scene.)
First, we asked Scott to select the musical genre he would choose from Lumon Industries’ long and descriptive list. Yes, we had him sit and listen patiently as we read the whole thing, which is probably longer than you remember.
“It must be ‘Effusive Ska,'” Scott told TheWrap.
Here is the full menu:
Hootin’ Tootin Country
Healthy Big Band
Helly R. chose “Defiant Jazz”, which doubled as the title for Episode 7.
So Adam’s answer was clearly much shorter than the question. Luckily, Scott had more to say about the Music/Dance Experience scene as a whole — and his character’s goofy, silly movement.
“I kind of decided that Innie Mark had probably never danced before,” he told Us. “That dance party is something legendary that you’ve heard of, but he hasn’t actually experienced yet. So kind of like he’s able to speak English and know a number of things in stock The idea of dancing is familiar to him, but actually doing it was something that he hadn’t practiced. But he could practically start moving to the music and figure out what to do. And I think that has probably ended up looking like someone who hadn’t really danced before.
Not that Mark had a chance to look anything but corny with Milchick (Tramell Tillman) dancing circles around Macro Data Refiners.
“Oh man, he’s amazing,” Scott said. “Tramel is amazing.”
Tramell, who is incredible, separately told TheWrap that it took “two 12-hour days” to shoot the Music/Dance Experience scene.
“There were so many different angles,” he recalls. (Thanks to director Ben Stiller and cinematographer Jessica Lee Gagné here.)
And there were just as many challenges, Tillman told us.
“You know, you dance, so it’s trickier because you have to make sure you move and dance with the camera and dance with your stage partner — and the music isn’t easy to dance to,” a- he declared.
Also tricky for the man brilliantly playing Lumon’s middle manager, Mr. Milchick?
“I had this very nice cream cashmere sweater. But it was incredibly hot,” Tillman said. “God bless the APs on our set. They were on hold with ice packs and would just like to put the ice packs around my neck and under the sweater. But we had to be careful because you didn’t want to get the sweater wet and you didn’t want to run the makeup.
New “Severance” episodes air Fridays on Apple TV+.