A good point for him: William Goldman (1931-2018) only referred to Hollywood with a contemptuous “
The screenwriter lived in New York.
Initially, he was a novelist.
Some of his books were brought to the screen and he took care of the adaptation himself (
Princess Bride, Marathon Man, Magic
He cut his teeth on
, starring Paul Newman.
Success came with
Butch Cassidy and the Kid
Westerns were not his thing, however:
"Horses scare me terribly."
He marveled that no one had picked up on this story before, and recalled a studio executive objecting to him about the ending: "
All I know is John Wayne never got away.
Goldman, who was anything but a frustrated director, doesn't take himself seriously and seems pretty laid back with what might happen to his scripts.
This wisdom allowed him to keep a cool head, to endure without flinching the years 1980-1985...
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