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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Playing With Words

Another excerpt from Eszterhas' gripping astounding Hollywood Animals, under the heading "Hollywood Lies":

"My answering service keeps screwing up my messages.
I was working on the script with Kubrick when he died.
I'll read your script tonight.
It's not about the money.
Steven almost committed to it.
I'll read your script tomorrow.
I wrote that movie but the Writers Guild screwed me out of the credit.
I love this ending but market research doesn't.
I'll read your script this weekend.
This isn't about ego, it's about getting it right.
The studio took it away from me and recut it.
You know I love you."

And at one point he mentions Jack Warner's definition of a screenwriter: "Some poor schmuck with an Underwood."

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