In Mank (2020), Joe calls Mank, who is being massaged by a lady.

Joe: I hear you're hunting dangerous game. Word on the street is radio's golden boy wants to go toe-to-toe with Willie Hearst, and you're helping in the kitchen.

“Radio boy” refers to Welles, who — before Citizen Kane — made a name for himself as a radio and theater actor-director in his 20s.

What "kitchen" is Joe referring to?

  • Downvoter ought to post a comment explaining their downvote. It's not at all clear what is objectionable about this question.
    – Tom
    Commented Dec 11, 2022 at 0:52

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Joe is mixing metaphors here, with phrases like:

  • Hunting dangerous game
  • Going toe-to-toe
  • Helping in the kitchen

He's explaining that Welles and Mank are going to make a movie clearly based on William Randolph Hearst (Citizen Kane) and that this is dangerous because Hearst is a powerful man. The phrase "helping in the kitchen" appears to just imply that Mank is helping with the project, almost "cooking up the project" with Welles.

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    I like my mixed metaphors like I like my women: strong, scatterbrained, and -- look, a communist!
    – Tom
    Commented Dec 11, 2022 at 0:56
  • That has to be a quote from somewhere right?
    – iandotkelly
    Commented Dec 12, 2022 at 0:32
  • From right here!
    – Tom
    Commented Dec 12, 2022 at 2:48

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