Jules came back from Los Angeles last week, where he was working as an intern as part of a university film program.
“What do you think…are you going to work in Hollywood?” we asked.
“I don’t think it’s for me… It’s a strange business…and a strange world. And there are so many different things going on that it is hard to generalize. I was reading scripts. But only some scripts. If we got a script in the mail, from someone we didn’t know, we weren’t allowed to read it. We couldn’t open it. Because, the studio is afraid that it will be charged with stealing someone’s idea. So we send them back unopened.
“But when we got one from an agent…or someone they know…then, they’d give it to us to read. If we rejected it, they’d throw it away. But if we weren’t sure, they’d take a look themselves. Almost always they were terrible…just one stupid cliché after another. They all come from struggling screenwriters. All young. All with the same ideas, more or less. And all with the same awful writing.
“But the real trouble – and why I don’t think I’m cut out for a career in Hollywood, at least not as a screenwriter – was that I realized that my own writing was just as bad as theirs. I’m just like they are.”
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