Wednesday, July 06, 2005

What's French for lazy?

Sunday's LA Times had an article about directors and actors who bring in a personal writer to punch up whatever they're working on. It's a subject that a lot of Hollywood types don't like to talk about, especially when pesky journalists point out that certain writers like to, er, recycle their work:
"If the line 'You think not getting caught in a lie is the same thing as telling the truth' sounds at all familiar, it's because [Sydney] Pollack has used that bit of dialogue written by [David] Rayfiel in no fewer than four movies: 'The Slender Thread,' 'This Property Is Condemned,' 'Three Days of the Condor' and this spring in 'The Interpreter.' [snip] Rayfiel defended Pollack's repeated use of his 'not getting caught' line of dialogue, saying that only '11 people remember hearing it' and that it's merely a homage. 'The French do it all the time,' Rayfiel says."

I dunno, off the top of my head I can't think of an exact line of dialogue used four different times in four disparate French movies. If you can, please feel free to leave said film titles in the comment section.


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