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Fascinating unheard stories from top screenwriters.
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Some segments of this documentary's interview with Billy Ray
, contain comments that are almost verbatim repetitions of statements Ray made a few years earlier in an interview that appears in The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Billy Ray
. This repetition is perhaps most noticeable in comments Ray makes in both interviews about being a writer and a director. Here he says he "got into writing with the idea that I wanted to work with great directors. I am not a great director, so it would be stupid to limit myself to only working with me." In the earlier interview for 'The Dialogue' he says, "I got into this business to work with great directors. And I am not a great director, so it would be stupid of me to limit myself to working only with me." In both cases, he immediately follows these comments by citing Ang Lee
and Peter Weir
as two of the "great directors" he would like to work with. See more
You know, everybody talks about the writer being the low man on the totem pole out here; that's nonsense. We get paid whether they make the picture or not. Director doesn't get paid if he doesn't make the picture. The actors don't get paid if they don't come to work. I get paid whether they make the movie or not. If they don't make it, so what? I'll write another one. The funny part about it is that, if the picture comes out, and it doesn't do well, nobody phones me and says, "Hey, Larry, the ...