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#1. Yeah, well I can't see a situation where I wouldn't at least re-write as a director something I was going to direct. At the moment, I wouldn't direct anything that I hadn't written. I can now say, as everybody else says, that it all depends on the script. - Author: William Monahan
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#2. I never write with particular actors in mind. - Author: William Monahan
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#3. By the time someone gave me some samples of standard screenplays I was already beyond that stuff, because I was not only a tinkerer in ways to do things, I'd started from Dylan Thomas. As a screen dramatist he was a very intense visualist, with great timing and fluency. - Author: William Monahan
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#4. The old days of screenwriting, and myths about screenwriting, are maybe over. It's a literary form, if you can wake up to it. - Author: William Monahan
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#5. I've got things I have to do in fiction to sort of register my existence, before I kick the bucket, but it will never be my living and I know it. Plus it never moved fast enough for me and lacked cut and thrust. I need to be in the real show. - Author: William Monahan
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#6. I'm a homebody, as many writers are, and need to be by myself, and I like to be by the Atlantic Ocean. - Author: William Monahan
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#7. In reviewing films, people get quite liberal about saying "the script" this and "the script" that, when they've never read the script any more than they've read the latest report on Norwegian herring landings. - Author: William Monahan
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#8. Because you're running an enterprise with two hundred-odd people, and it's really your responsibility to keep it moving quickly. So you have to know what you're doing, do it, and move on. - Author: William Monahan
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#9. Without English art, I never would have understood myself, my own family, or the New England world I lived in. - Author: William Monahan
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#10. Dialogue is used to reveal not what we want to say, but what we are trying to hide. - Author: William Monahan
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#11. The novel ceases to be looked at as a novel. Such is the overwhelming power of motion pictures. Gore Vidal pointed out that the movies are the only thing anybody's really interested in. The association with movies and movie money can, and certainly did in my case, occlude a novel as a novel. - Author: William Monahan
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#12. I don't think the latest Star Wars pictures have any artistic intentions, but the original picture opened up epic science fiction. - Author: William Monahan
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#13. Look at what people are trying to conceal, and you'll see that they're revealing everything. - Author: William Monahan
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#14. When I started writing screenplays, as early as I started writing anything, I hadn't seen any ordinary screenplays. I saw movies and figured out how I thought they should be written. - Author: William Monahan
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#15. When I was young I was only thinking of writing, and whatever was going on was unreal and comparatively unimportant. - Author: William Monahan
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#16. My gratitude to Ridley [Scott] isn't anything new. I named one of my kids after him. But he's a very important person to me. - Author: William Monahan
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#17. You know a shooter when you see it. At least the creative people do. If a picture isn't obvious in the first draft you're kind of screwed. - Author: William Monahan
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#18. As a director, you're given a tremendous apparatus to work with, and very great talents are available to you. - Author: William Monahan
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#19. T.S. Eliot, who learned to swim at the same beach as I did, just threw in the towel and moved to Cheyne Walk. I'm not going to do that but I'm not scared of the open channel between me and Britain. - Author: William Monahan
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#20. A writer is a performer as well. A writer isn't the literary department. That gets tried on but nothing's a script unless a good writer goes away and does his thing alone. - Author: William Monahan
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#21. I never viewed screen drama as a vulgar form, or a lesser one, and I've never written it left-handed. - Author: William Monahan
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#22. Some reviewer might be out there saying, obviously Edge of Darkness didn't come off because of the script, blah blah blah, but everybody has read the script, except the journalist attacking it. - Author: William Monahan
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#23. I'm a guy whose first motion picture experience was seeing Ridley Scott glide past on a camera on a hundred and fifty million dollar film, and prep two movies, and there is no way to overstate that when you've worked with Ridley, it's like having been a quarterdeck lieutenant to Lord Nelson. - Author: William Monahan
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#24. London exists normally in a state of bleach bypass. There's the artistic context of "Blow Up" and "Performance" and all the Sixties and Seventies British films that I grew up on, because I did very much grow up on British films. - Author: William Monahan
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#25. If you need someone to come out of the sewer with a wire you don't hire someone who needs laborious collective instruction. You let someone do his job, whether he's a focus puller or a surgeon. - Author: William Monahan
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#26. I learned from Ridley [Scott] how to come out of the trailer at a fast walk and make your decisions and keep it going. We were very much on time and under budget, as they say. That was a very important thing for me and very satisfactory. - Author: William Monahan
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#27. I'm interested in stories about human beings. I don't care where or when they are set. - Author: William Monahan
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#28. I never work until I have a deadline. You have to fit so much in a given day that you just don't get serious until you know when the deadline is. - Author: William Monahan
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#29. Getting the correct writer is simply like casting. You wouldn't hire an actor in order to tell him how to work. He knows how to work, which is why you hired him. - Author: William Monahan
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#30. But the web is to some degree a broth of psychopaths seeing what they can get away with in circumstances of anonymity. Look, we live in a world where one is unsafe in various ways because of the Internet. Anything can be said. Someone can look at your house from space. - Author: William Monahan
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#31. I have a lot of stuff that I never published because I always had a sense that novels were not finally going to be the way I made my living, because the form was dying commercially. - Author: William Monahan
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#32. I shoot very little film. If you just do coverage you're shooting any number of potential films instead of just one, and I was shooting just one specific film. Film is cheap but time is expensive. - Author: William Monahan
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#33. The thing about movies is if somebody has an idea that works, it's in, and I say that as a screenwriter as well as a director. - Author: William Monahan
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#34. In Boston terms I was everyone and no one, with no social investment, no social insecurity, sort of Imitation of Christ in one hand and The Education of Henry Adams in the other, and because I was part of nothing I could observe everything without having anything personal invested in the findings. - Author: William Monahan
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#35. There's always a great hue and cry when you sign onto a "remake," and that's always been sort of annoying me and freaking me out. This profession that we're in is drama. What drama has been since the beginning is, you restage plays with new casts, or a writer will take a new run at an old story. - Author: William Monahan
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#36. Novelists who get shitty about screenwriting invariably can't do it, or they can't hack it in the world of what's really, in truth, very bold and very public enterprise. - Author: William Monahan
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#37. If you write a screenplay that gets circulated, you have a bigger readership than any literary novelist. And it's an educated audience as well. - Author: William Monahan
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#38. There's only one way to prep, so far as I know. You have your script, you hire the people you want, you find your locations and your setups, everybody shows up and you shoot the film. - Author: William Monahan
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#39. When I was very young, you would get the TV listings from The Globe and The Herald, and you would basically go through them, circle things, and map out your viewing week. - Author: William Monahan
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#40. I always write as I like to write, and I've been thinking about it because I honestly didn't realize how different my stuff is, until I started looking at other people's scripts as a producer. - Author: William Monahan
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#41. In truth, the cinema as a delivery system obviously has its days numbered. And that's not a bad thing. When you can buy any book in the world on your iPad, or off Amazon, you don't go the public library. The public library becomes about homeless gentlemen sleeping in chairs. - Author: William Monahan
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#42. I sound like Warhol but only because I'm tired. - Author: William Monahan
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#43. You can believe in originals only if you just don't know their context within literature. Certainly I believe in originality, but it lies with the teller, not the tale. - Author: William Monahan
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#44. As first time director, though, you're like a new officer coming up to be in charge of very serious veterans, and you're always going to have guys looking at each other for the first day until they realize you're not screwing around. - Author: William Monahan
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#45. I'm usually the first guy to propose a change because I'm continuing my process. We're in a context, in this business, a context in which most screenplays work on a very modest level of achievement, in that a lot of them aren't really written by what you would call writers. - Author: William Monahan
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#46. When they see you get what you want and move on, quickly, you've done a contract with the crew from that point. In Britain if the sparks call you Guv on day two, you never need an award of any other kind. - Author: William Monahan
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#47. I hate doing anything in offices. I either want to be out in the world or in my own environment - and it should be your own environment that you work in. - Author: William Monahan
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#48. If you see, as I do, in edited film, you're going to end up as a director. - Author: William Monahan
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#49. Certainly some guy eating cardboard in Cincinnati has lost any ordinary impetus to review your novel decently if he's just read you just got six figures out of Warner Bros - which incidentally was not true. - Author: William Monahan
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#50. For me, film has been good because I'm able to work at top crack, working at something I love to do, in the only literary form in which you can still make money. There are no famous novelists, not as novelists used to be famous. - Author: William Monahan
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#51. I love editorial and sound and music, and I was working with the best people, so you learn a lot. - Author: William Monahan
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#52. I went into directing having observed and learned from the best. There was a certain standard of procedure. I found that I was equal to it. I thoroughly enjoyed directing, I liked it a lot. It's very satisfactory to see that you can do it. The art takes care of itself. - Author: William Monahan
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#53. I think probably everybody works most on the beginning and the ending. - Author: William Monahan
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#54. I think that scripts should be published, but they are published, really, because when you're a screenwriter, your stuff ends up in samizdat form on thousands and thousands of desks and shelves across the industry. - Author: William Monahan
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#55. I'm not very precious at all, which I think people find surprising. - Author: William Monahan
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#56. Doing crime films ... maybe it's to some extent a matter of taste. Certainly my first novel had a criminal element and was about the similarity of criminals and artists. Pretextually, it was sort of a money bag thriller. But it was aggressively not what it seemed to be. It was kind of Duchamps. - Author: William Monahan
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#57. Even though a screenplay is performed only once, unlike other forms of drama, it's still a performance in itself, and unless it's a great performance, odds are that actors will not come, and a movie will never be made. - Author: William Monahan
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#58. Casting is always subject to availabilities. - Author: William Monahan
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#59. Wisdom is not having illusions, especially anything in your own mind that elevates you above others. - Author: William Monahan
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#60. Star Wars was great at the beginning and crap at the end while Star Trek has always been interesting, and the difference is in the writing, and the thematic intentions. - Author: William Monahan
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#61. I don't watch anything. I work so much. If I see a film, it's usually that I'll go in after working 15 hours and slam in The Bridge on the River Kwai or something. - Author: William Monahan
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#62. I don't trust a lot of popular films because they seem to indicate that people would like to be super-heroes or vampires, and that's the last thing I mean by the useful mirror of art. - Author: William Monahan
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#63. I don't like scripts leaking. On the other hand, the more real attention a script gets, the better. - Author: William Monahan
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#64. Most films go out like skydivers who have had their chutes packed by a committee of blind schizophrenics. - Author: William Monahan
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#65. For some reason, I seem to work well with actors. I love working with them. - Author: William Monahan
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#66. I was particularly anxious that I shoot the tires out of the class system. All it is these days is a hobby of certain masochists, and certain sadists. - Author: William Monahan
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#67. Redrafts can be very lucrative for me, but you must understand that if films go through many drafts or writers it's because someone doesn't want to do the picture and never will. - Author: William Monahan
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#68. It's interesting to think that my children know more about the process than many mature critics. - Author: William Monahan
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#69. It wasn't just British gangster films that really did for me as a kid, personally, it was British films in general. - Author: William Monahan
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#70. I don't move until an actor is happy, but it was very important to me as a so-called "first time director" to keep the machine moving. It was especially important to me to keep it moving and not be some kind of precious writer-director. - Author: William Monahan
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#71. Out of all of the Star Trek movies, I happen to like the most recent one the best. I think it was the best one ever done. - Author: William Monahan
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#72. On historical you take the known facts, dramatize them, and then stitch them together by invention. It's a projective thing. - Author: William Monahan
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#73. The empirical is very important, but merit is inherent and not acquired. A university is massively important because you can see where you stand naturally in the ranks, and try yourself out, but education is just reading and understanding what you read. - Author: William Monahan
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#74. London matters to me because it's the center of what I do for a living and has been since Tudor times. - Author: William Monahan
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#75. You never know what people are going to go and see. - Author: William Monahan
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#76. If you decide to do Hamlet in a funny hat staged in a ruined factory, it doesn't make you Shakespeare. - Author: William Monahan
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#77. I love audiences, but they're not there to drive the bus. Whenever you ask opinions or anticipate opinions you can get pretty terrible art, or non-art. You need a single guiding intelligence, even in a collaborative form. - Author: William Monahan
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#78. You just have to know what you want and what you're doing and it leads to a kind of general well-being, which I think you sensed when you were there. - Author: William Monahan
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#79. I cut London Boulevard pretty aggressively, but I liked the transitions and the elliptical feel that I got. It's not an exceptionally easy film to follow. You have to know that the paparazzo looks like Mark David Chapman. He hasn't got an expositional sign on him. - Author: William Monahan
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#80. As far as executing work is concerned, you do it all in order. You do it in contractual order. There's no overlap, it's just continuation of your ordinary work. You move from one project into another. - Author: William Monahan
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#81. Refreshing honesty has been getting me in trouble since I was five, but it's probably had some positive effects - like not being a liar. - Author: William Monahan
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#82. The only answer to "Are you Beatles or Stones?" is, "I'm both." - Author: William Monahan
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#83. I learned my job from English dramatists. Tennessee Williams was no good for me, New York stuff was no good to me. - Author: William Monahan
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#84. I've always been a bit repelled by "Sunset Boulevard", which is wrong about almost everything it touches, whether it's fame, Hollywood, screenwriters, or old ladies. Sunset Boulevard would only make sense to me if it was about John Gilbert and the pool boy. - Author: William Monahan
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#85. You evolve in the ways in which you are precious. When you are the director, you are also continuing to write on the floor as you go along. - Author: William Monahan
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#86. I'm not a precious text protector, or anything like that, you know, because it's a much more vital form than that. You have to rock. - Author: William Monahan
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#87. I don't think you need $35 million bucks to make a movie. I think what people should do is make a lot more movies for a lot less money. You can really do it. - Author: William Monahan
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#88. I came into screenwriting from an odd direction, because the first screenplay that I read was and is better as writing than the top one percent of literary novels. - Author: William Monahan
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#89. There were days when you would get the TV listings from The Globe and The Herald. Video was out, but nobody could afford it ... expect for my uncle George, who was a second father to me, and had every film in the world, and every book. - Author: William Monahan
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#90. I think that gambling is a synthetic experience and that if you have any balls you gamble with your life. I have. So can everybody else. - Author: William Monahan
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#91. All of a sudden I pulled up short and harked back to Ridley [Scott] holding up the script in Manhattan, at the St. Regis breakfast room, and saying, "It's very visual, isn't it," and realized it was the key to my whole life since then. - Author: William Monahan
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#92. I'm more from a double world where I wasn't part of anything or invested in anything, because I was Irish, and very Irish, but also the other part of my family, not that it had airs, or money, was descended from the first minister on Cape Ann in the 1620s. - Author: William Monahan
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#93. Casting is all about availability, as much as anything else. - Author: William Monahan
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#94. When I'm shooting, as much as writing, I see edited footage in my mind, so I work that way, and it's economical. - Author: William Monahan
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#95. I was always entirely about work, about getting where I am now. If I'm not working I'm thinking about it, though at some point I learned not to talk about it very much. - Author: William Monahan
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#96. I don't have an aversion to quote unquote remakes, because I understand what dramatic writing is, what the dramatic profession has always been about, which is talent, not the pretext for its exhibition. - Author: William Monahan
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#97. Henry Adams was scared shitless, politically, by the discovery that England isn't alien to a boy from Boston, but it was true, and it is true. It's a Boston and coastal Massachusetts thing. Henry Adams blocked it out. - Author: William Monahan
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#98. You're not turning the picture over to a system or a process, you are the process, and the most important thing is to have things exactly as you want them. - Author: William Monahan
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#99. Whatever you cut when there's no deadline isn't really a cut. You're just pushing colors around. - Author: William Monahan
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#100. You don't write for actors. Actors come for characters you've made up. - Author: William Monahan
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