Other blogs seem to have Q&As with professional screenwriters, I thought I’d get in on the act.
Unfortunately I don’t know any pro-writers, at least no interesting ones, but I do know how to get hold of unlisted numbers.
So here’s an interview with John August, writer of ‘Go’, ‘Big Fish’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and some other stuff.
Here’s what he had to say:
Hi John, I was wondering if I could ask you some questions?
What time is it?
I don’t know, about midday I think.
Fuck, it’s four in the morning!
Uh-huh, so John, I can call you John, yeah?
What? Who is this? How did you get this number?
So how did you get your first break?
Break, what break? What are you talking about?
‘Go’, tell me about ‘Go’. Was that a spec sale or a commission?
It was a … who the fuck is this?
Charlie’s Angels, eh? You proud of that? I haven’t seen it, but some bloke down in the pub said he didn’t like it. How do you deal with that kind of criticism?
I’m hanging up now.
Okay, before you go … John? John?
Hey, John, I think we got cut off.
Fuck off, if you call again I’m calling the cops.
(He hangs up. I redial)
Bonjour Monsiuer, j’mappelle Claude. Je voudrais–
I have caller ID, you know?
Can I just say–
(He hangs up and leaves his phone off the hook for the next nine hours.)
And there you have it, my first celebrity Q&A. Next time I’m going to be bothering William Goldman who is 76 and might die soon.
Particularly if I ring him in the middle of the night.