Written Interview: James L. Brooks

December 10th, 2011 by

Some quotes from writer-director [Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, As Good As It Gets] James L. Brooks:

I always fight hard to push a movie to the point where it pulls me.
To me, every script should begin with “Fade in: Tax-incentive state.” That’s what’s happened.

A television job that’s working is the best job in the world. You get to do something you like. You get to do it with people you like — usually. You have community of a sort that you’re denied in movies, because shows can go on five, seven years, even decades. People meet, they get married, they have children. It’s like a town. It’s enormously secure — until it isn’t. But as long as it is, it is, and it’s great.

People used to say, you know you’re in the hands of a good screenwriter when you’re not aware of the writing. I’ve never subscribed to that. In Juno, suddenly you’re riveted by the fact that people haven’t talked like that before. I think the treat is always when you are aware of the writing.

In the history of the earth, there’s never been more people writing. Everyone’s a writer. Everybody spends time trying to let people know who they are. Twitter.

I saw Annie Hall with a group of people working in comedy and television. We were all stunned. Stunned. It was like watching a spaceship land. That something that funny could also be that beautiful.

You root for your son to have a girl he laughs with.

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