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|Burke, Billie If it's a good script I'll do it. And if it's a bad script, and they pay me |
enough, I'll do it. - Burns, George Hollywood's a very weird place. I think there's
less of everything except for attitude. - Cain, Dean If my books had been any
|Jerry. George. Elaine. Kramer. We've followed their misadventures for nearly ten years on Thursday nights. Here, finally, are the scripts of the first two seasons that will take you back to the beginning of Seinfeld.|
|That little voice inside your head—the one that says, I'll never think of a good idea|
, or Writing is so hard, or This idea sucks! ... If you think thoughts like, I can get lots
of ideas and they're going to be good, you've programmed yourself to do just that.
... say about your writing, and often a great way to learn, but if their criticism
makes you feel bad it's not constructive, it's an attack! If someone tells you all the
reasons why your script stinks and they're right, after the initial disappointment
|James: Yes, they wanted me to be the next Freddy Krueger. ... Lance Henriksen |
came into the film and he saw it too [how bad the script was]. We spoke to each
other about it and we both said, “I'll do it if you will. ... One time is enough. ...
When I first worked with him, he said, “Now you're a film actor in Southern
Comfort,” and it was one of the best roles I ever had. ... to work with me for years,
he worked for Cannon Films, but they could not a›ord to pay me, so I could not
work for them.
|And I said, 'Yes, sir, with all due respect to your talent and creativity, your script is |
lousy. ... It's hard enough for me to do a movie I'm in love with, let alone do it just
for dollars. ... He said, 'Don, it hit me kind of hard when some kid from Des Moines
, Iowa, was telling me what's good and what's bad, but that treatment you wrote is
good, ... If You want me to make church movies for the rest of my life, then praise
God, hallelujah, I'll make church films. ... They're the elite, the best in the world.
|I'm hoping to dispel the notion thatyou have to follow paradigms to write a good |
script. ... So my thought is, “Well, okay, if they're going to do that anyway, I'll make
sure that I can at least fool them into thinking I've done their little thing, but then ...
|Select one that is neither beyond your reach nor so easy it will bore you. ... If you |
come across a script and think, "I wish Id written that," you probably have your
next project. In the real world, you ... Once we asked a particular director, who
had done some really great stage work, why he had chosen to do a total stinker
of a script. It was a ... I'll do it. And if it's a bad script, and they pay me enough, I'll
|It's what we do. I did it— anyone who's ever written a movie has done it. The |
reason is it's hard to come up with good ideas for a movie. ... Because when you
finally sit down to write a script that is good enough for a movie, it's a lot easier. ...
There has to be something about it that I know I'll be able to get up in the morning
excited to do it. ... But, I feel the best way to teach someone to write good
dialogue is that if they're having trouble writing dialogue, they're probably having
|When Larry has a rehearsal, it's a safe time for the actors to explore the life |
represented on the pages of the script and the ... So my being privy to that helps
me in innumerable ways. ... Before I start on a movie I'm always terribly nervous, I
really don't think I can do it. ... How important is it for a film to have a good script?
If you have a bad script, there's no place to go. ... Many times I'll revise it
completely because I wasn't working with enough information when I cut the
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|bad. as. being. called. a. communist. in. the. '50s." Michael Byrne's job brings him |
in daily contact with food, folks and filth. ... "It's the best work I've ever done. ... I'll
do anything. I'll steal money from banks to finance the next day's shooting if
necessary!" Milius wrote a script in three weeks, and the crew was ... It's still
uncertain whether Rough Riders will inspire the studios to finance any more of
Milius's historical projects. ... "I still don't even know if they'll ever let me do