Seinfeld’s Newman feels for real-life Postal workers
Wayne Knight was at the DNC last week advocating or arts funding when Huffington Post got him to weigh in on the real-life profession he portrayed on Seinfeld: Postal Worker.
Knight says though he never actually delivered letters, after all those years of donning the blue he sympathizes with the USPS workers:
“Being a union member … I feel for them,” Knight said. “Whether I was playing an iconic character or not, it’s not that easy a life [as a letter carrier]. And it’s certainly not that easy a life when you turn the corner at 50 or so and it’s coming to an end. My sympathies are with them.”
He also seems to think the USPS does a bang-up job and that it provides a vital service. He sympathizes with them over the impending deep cuts Congress is considering:
“It’s shocking that you can get a letter across the country in no time at all for very little money. …This has been so much a part of the fabric of American life.”
“What are you supposed to do … when your reputation is not as sterling as it’s supposed to be, even though you’re probably really doing a very good job?”
But for all his sympathy, he wouldn’t trade his gig as Postman of record for one of TV’s most syndicated shows in history for a gig in with the real-world USPS:
“Being an actor at times is a mercurial [job], up and down,” Knight said. “There are bad patches. But compared to the steady slog of being a letter carrier, I don’t think I would [trade]. It’s a rough life. But it’s a good job, because it’s a government job, or it used to be.”
Acting salaries are down from what they were a decade ago, too. But something tells us it beats the hell out of slinging letters.