"I could list off a bunch of literary characters I love," he continued. "You know, starting with like Moses or Joseph — if you want to say they're literary. ... But there is a relationship to a lot of real American figures who are non-literary — whether it's reading biographies of people like Lee Iacocca and Sam Walton and Bill Clinton and John Rockefeller or William Randolph Hearst. These people have similar origin stories to Don in a way, and I just love the idea that America gives these people a chance. In the end, they are still themselves, and that's the central tension to some degree, at least in the American fictional world."