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Richard Linklater on Living With Bernie Tiede

25 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Less than two months ago, a judge in Panola County, Texas, ordered the early release of Bernie Tiede, the now-55-year-old convicted murderer played by Jack Black in Richard Linklater’s 2012 dark comedy, “Bernie.” One of the conditions: that Tiede live in Linklater’s garage apartment.

“It got reported strangely,” the director admits. “There were headlines like ‘Judge Orders Murderer to Live With Filmmaker.’ There were jokes immediately on the Internet, like ‘Zodiac Killer Crashing at Fincher’s.’

“Austin’s kind of a garage-apartment town, so it’s not a big deal for me to let Bernie live there while he gets back on his feet,” he continues. “(But it sounded) almost as if the judge had said, ‘Ok, you Austin liberal, you want to let him out, well, fine. But he’s got to live with you!”

What didn’t get reported immediately was the fact that Tiede’s »

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