A tour around the interview circuit:
“Personally, the opportunity to vote for someone like Barack Obama will be one of the greatest things I will have done in my life. The Republicans aren’t kidding when they say he’s the ‘most liberal’ senator in the Senate. When have we ever had the chance to vote for the ‘most liberal’ of anything?”
—Michael Moore gets out the vote, at Time.
“It’s always the same story. Everyone will be gathered in the house, and after 1 hour and 10 minutes, someone will say, ‘Actually, I’m gay,’ and the mother will say, ‘By the way, my son, I never loved you.'”
—Arnaud Desplechin on the “Home for the Holidays” style Thanksgiving melodrama that were a touchpoint for “A Christmas Tale,” at the New York Times.
“Has it dated? I can’t tell you that. I am alarmed sometimes by how young the people are who say they’ve seen and loved Trainspotting, so it might have lost an edge it once had.”
—Danny Boyle on “Trainspotting,” 12 years on, at the Guardian.
“I wrote this script which took place over one night about an insomniac trying to go to sleep… It was fairly experimental in terms of structure, and the professor really loved it. I remember my classmate was Chris Columbus, and the professor held up our two scripts as shining examples of really great writing, but at the same time recognizing they were polar opposites. And of course Chris went off to become enormously successful immediately, and I couldn’t get a job for eleven years after graduating.”
—Charlie Kaufman on humble beginnings, at the Boston Globe.
“Honestly, I think if the old me met the new me, he’d beat the s— out of him. He’d knock him down, take his wallet off him for sure, and tell him to go back to wherever he came from.”
—Mark Wahlberg on, well, humble beginnings, at the Telegraph.
[Photo: Michael Moore in “Slacker Uprising,” Weinstein Company, 2007]