Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Cut to the Chase, David

"The trouble with words is that you never know whose mouths they have been in."
I watched the first series of the Sopranos when it was broadcast in the UK years ago, but I haven't really followed it since so all the hoopla about the final episode has rather passed me by.

I did read a profile of David Chase - the prickly chief creator-writer-producer of the show - in Vanity Fair a month or so ago, however, and was tickled by this anecdote:

There's a famous story about an actor who said to Chase what actors often say, "My character wouldn't say this." Chase responded, "Who says it's your character?"

I can't help but note is passing that Aaron Sorkin was a similarly triple-hyphenated creator-writer-producer on The West Wing. Interestingly it seems that neither directs.

Maybe the old joke about the Polish starlet is getting out of date? (Google it if you like.)

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