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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
|Alice Walker, "How Long Shall They Torture Our Mothers?," Anything We Love |
Can Be Saved, 1997 I am afraid that the pleasantness of an employment does
not always evince its ... And if it's a bad script, and they pay me enough, I'll do it.
|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. I read the script, and |
I thought it was bad. 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. ... He is a smart director, and in that role, I made
that guy look good. ... original director] wanted 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
|It's hard enough for me to do a movie I'm in love with, let alone do it just for dollars|
.' He called me back ... If You want me to make church movies for the rest of my
life, then praise God, hallelujah, I'll make church films. I just want to do what You ...
|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 ...
|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
|In Tolkin's screenplay, he had an opening with three or four writers giving pitches |
to the studio executive. ... I said, 'It's about Hollywood, it's about a studio
executives who kills a writer and gets away with it, happy ending, ha-ha. ... So he
came up with the line 'Listen ... the next time you want to bad- mouth me, have the
courage to do it to my face. ... couldn't wait to talk about the fighting that took
place when he screened the film for the major studios to see if they wanted to
|I wouldn't recommend sticking around long enough to go for that money, either. |
It's his favorite pillow, even though it's lumpy and hard. He says it gives him ...
Martha: Now don't you be bad-mouthing my husband, boy. He's the sweetest ...
We would be grateful if you could help us out. Can I do a chore for a few coins?
Martha: A ... I'm as good as my word, just you watch. 'Bye. (Exits ... I know, I'll tell
her I found that merchant again and made him pay me for the cow this time. Yeah
, that's it.