Usually I write for specific actors and have an idea of a character I want to collaborate with them on. The story is suggested by those characters.
—Jim Jarmusch, 1992
I recently journeyed to south Florida for the first time earlier this week. All I really knew about Florida before making the trip came from Norman Mailer’s book Miami & The Siege of Chicago a…
We can’t see Forrest Gump fuck Jenny Curran, to make that kid. But God, wouldn’t that be a great scene? Not just because I want to get off watching Tom Hanks fuck Robin Wright, but think what can be told about Gump through watching him have sex.
—Paul Thomas Anderson, 1998
When most of us watch a Hollywood movie, we often have difficulty recalling or even registering the names of the dramatis personae. Because we are familiar with the actor, and because we do not see the character’s name written out, whenever he/she does something, we respond at the level of the credits.
—James Naremore, 1983