May 22, 2004

David Mamet's advice for parents

From the press junket in March for Spartan, his Secret Service conspiracy movie which no one knew about because we were all too busy discussing The Passion:

Do you see your career in any kind of continuum? There's a sense, like with Soderbergh, when he did FULL FRONTAL and he did SOLARIS, and SOLARIS didn't happen and FULL FRONTAL was kind of mixed. Now, he's back to OCEAN'S TWELVE because he's looking at the mountain-scape of his career and the effect of money on it. Do you ever consider that in your career, or are you writing from your soul and working from there?

I don't know. I'm just making it up as I go along.

Well, is it just--

Well, it's always there. I think no matter what anyone says, you always make it up as you go along. It's like they say when you have babies, you know, nobody gave you a how-to book. Nobody gave you a manual. The important things in life, whether it's your career, whether it's your marriage or whether it's child rearing you make it up as you go along. You try to have certain precepts and hold to them, but sometimes they even change.

Umm, actually, there IS a manual...

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