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‘Silicon Valley’ star mocks people claiming they inspired Bachman



T.J.
Miller as incubator founder Erlich Bachman on “Silicon
Valley.”

John P.
Johnson/HBO


“Silicon Valley” star T.J Miller can understand if people wonder
if they’re the inspiration for the show’s coding genius Richard
Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) or even the ruthless tech
mogul Gavin Belson (Matt Ross), but he finds it strange that
people would claim to be the inspiration for his character,
home-brewed incubator founder Erlich Bachman.

“It’s so funny for people to wonder if Erlich Bachman is based on
them, because that’s clearly an insult,” Miller recently told
Business Insider. “He’s kind of the buffoon. He’s really the
worst of all of them on the show.”

It may be funny now to Miller, but it’s true. Last year, the
feuding co-founders of the online marketplace for concierge
services, Way,
Binu Girija and Pat Murray, both claimed that they were the inspiration for
Bachman

To be fair, they got the idea from Miller himself. According to
TechCrunch, the actor said during a 2014
panel discussion that he at least partially based the
character on the founder of Way. Miller said that the person
harassed him to be a spokesperson for the site. But which
founder was Miller talking about? We may never know.

Last year, HBO told Business Insider that “the
Erlich Bachman character, played by T.J. Miller, was created by
the writers of ‘Silicon Valley.'”

And Miller, speaking generally, told us during this interview
that Bachman and the other show’s characters “are sort of melded
archetypes that are so true to life that a lot of people wonder
if it’s based on themselves.”

The show, currently airing its fourth season on Sundays, has
certainly earned the reputation for portraying the tech industry
authentically, a source of pride for its producers. And
Miller similarly finds people’s claims to have inspired the
show’s characters as a compliment, as well.

“It means that the show is working,” he told us. “It means that
the satire is spot-on. It means that we’re doing our job, which
is mining the most powerful pocket of America right now and to
get them them to examine themselves and not take themselves so
seriously.”


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