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I don't know, for example, if some other actor than Matthew McConaughey
had done Dallas Buyers Club
(2013), he would've won an Academy Award for that. If it was an actor who didn't have to lose forty pounds, who knows? But McConaughey was a on a trajectory. It's a matter of timing and choices and the grace of God. Success in this business has a lot more to do with luck than anything else, being ...
Was offered the chance to direct The Exorcist
(1973) by producer William Peter Blatty
after Blatty screened The French Connection
(1971). Warner Bros. had been pressuring him to use another director but after seeing Friedkin's film, Blatty decided he wanted the film of his novel to be infused with as much energy as Friedkin had brought to "The French Connection".