Ah.. Oscar season has officially arrived. And with it, comes amazing interviews from the year’s most coveted actors, directors, writers, etc. The Hollywood Reporter posted a fantastic roundtable featuring the year’s top screenwriters: Jonathan Nolan (“Interstellar”), Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”), Chris Rock (“Top Five”), Graham Moore (“The Imitation Game”), Anthony McCracken (“The Theory of Everything”), Jon Favreau (“Chef”). Take a look at some highlights from the interview below. And if you have an hour to spare, you should definitely check out the full interview. The writers cover a ton of ground; from horrible first drafts, to wanting to be liked, to where their inspiration comes from. Truly interesting stuff.
Do you guys have that perfect movie? What's the one script that you really wish you had written?
NOLAN Back to the Future is a perfect movie. Raiders of the Lost Ark, another perfect movie. The great moment in Raiders of the Lost Ark where Harrison [Ford had] dysentery, or whatever the crazy story was, so they had to cut out the whole sword fight and he just shoots the guy — the screenwriter was probably sitting there thinking, "f—ing A." But it makes for a perfect moment.
FAVREAU The Bad News Bears is a really well-told story where the good guy seems not to be likable and requires clever storytelling and great performance. It seems like there's a lot of conflict, but really there's a lot of togetherness, and it's one of those where a lot of people remember that they won in the end, but they really didn't.
NOLAN Wait, they didn't?
FLYNN I love unhappy endings, I'm all about the unhappy ending. I will not give you what you want.
FAVREAU But you'll still be happy.”