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Born of Hollywood royalty, he drank with F Scott Fitzgerald, sparred with Hemingway, tamed Brando, and consoled Muhammad Ali. He also wrote some of the greatest lines ever committed to celluloid. So why does Budd Schulberg remain a virtual unknown?

The Robert Chalmers interview

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The beauty of Budd Schulberg's most famous lines typifies his gift to identify poetry in everyday conversation. He says he first heard the phrase "I could have been a contender" used by his friend, the boxer Roger Donoghue.

"Marlon Brando wanted that scene out, didn't he?"

"He did. Brando believed it was unplayable. The first day's shooting, I was on the roof of the tenement in Hoboken, New Jersey, with Kazan and Brando. I said: 'Marlon, everybody loves that scene except you. Why?' He said: 'Steiger has a gun. If someone is pointing a gun at you, you're not going to make a long speech like that.' Kazan said, 'Why don't you just push his gun aside?' That was the end of the argument. Apart from that, Marlon was very amenable."

"You'd approached Frank Sinatra for the part?" "We had, when it looked as though we weren't going to get Brando."

"How did Sinatra handle rejection?" "He was mad as hell. God, he wanted that part. He screamed at me. He practically came to blows with Spiegel. He had his heart set on it."

"The unfortunate truth is that Sinatra couldn't have done it. He just couldn't act in that way ..."

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Ask the average person on the street to name their favourite 10 actors in Hollywood.

Then ask them to name their writers.

I have no problem with the average person's knowledge, but I think you have a point Michael.

Why is Robert Redford richer than William Goldman? To compare, Bernard Shaw was richer than Sarah Bernhardt. Does this money wealth even matter?

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Roland Emmerich, director/writer/producer of 2012:

“My co-writer, Harald” Kloser, “said, ‘I’m not writing this to get a fatwa on my head,’ ” Mr. Emmerich said. “We have Jesus falling apart in all kinds of forms. The Vatican falls on people’s heads, and we can do that because we’re a free, Western society, but if there would be, like, Mecca destroyed, there would be an outrage. And so you don’t do it. At the end of the thing it’s entertainment.”
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Roland Emmerich, director/writer/producer of 2012:NYT

There should be a fatwa on Emmerich's head... but not for destroying religious icons. Anybody who's ever seen one of his idiotic movies knows that Emmerich is a first-rate moron who has nothing worthwhile to say about anything. Expecting Emmerich to put forward some sort of argument about western culture is like expecting the Sham-Wow guy to talk about fixing the economy. The Sham-Wow guy knows how to sell stuff on TV, and Emmerich knows how to bilk hapless suckers out of $11.50 per head.

The best way for Roland Emmerich to take a stand for western culture would be if he took up a different line of work.

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There should be a fatwa on Emmerich's head... but not for destroying religious icons. Anybody who's ever seen one of his idiotic movies knows that Emmerich is a first-rate moron who has nothing worthwhile to say about anything. Expecting Emmerich to put forward some sort of argument about western culture is like expecting the Sham-Wow guy to talk about fixing the economy. The Sham-Wow guy knows how to sell stuff on TV, and Emmerich knows how to bilk hapless suckers out of $11.50 per head.

The best way for Roland Emmerich to take a stand for western culture would be if he took up a different line of work.

-k

Strongest evidence for your view here: 10 000 BC. It's so bad, it's truly unbelievable.

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