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I was so burned out with road trip movies that I needed a break from them. That's why I delayed Nebraska and worked on The Descendants instead. Well into production, a friend of mine pointed out, "you know, this movie has a road trip in it as well" and I was like "shit!" I guess I have a type.
A serious film buff and scholar, Payne paid to have the silent 1917 Chaplin/"Little Tramp" film short The Adventurer
(1917) restored and shown at the Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Italy in 2013, where he also introduced it, in Italian and English. He had also shown the film over 40 years before on his own 8mm projector to his friends back in Omaha, Nebraska when he was growing up.
Frequently incoporates telephone monologues as a dramatic device