Cigarettes are not a part of human behaviour, they are a habit.
From what I've been able to determine, many of our big stars are addicted to tobacco. They want to smoke in movies for the same reason I smoked as I wrote, which is that they think their performance is going to be better.
I was a militant smoker, and in my case, I think I particularly used smoking because what I felt was a kind of politically correct big brother assault on smoking.
I have always been fascinated by the corruption of power.
Now on a personal level with things like the California Tax Commission... I really think if people started banding together and saying no to this it could snowball and that could really help.
I just wanted to make sure that what I write is what appears on screen, to not have some idiot change it on its way to the screen.
I worry that we are approaching a time when that which is shocking is squeezed out by the Stalinism of political correctness.
There are no crowds out there demanding to see smoking scenes in movies.
I have only one loyalty - to my writing. I never wanted to be the head of a studio or a producer.
That's sort of what I felt... I miss drinking, I thought bars were truly holy places.
And the inner dynamics of Hollywood are like politics. Say you give a script to a group of executives - they all sit around, afraid to voice an opinion, saying nothing, waiting to know what the consensus is. Just like focus groups, opinion polls or a cabinet.
Every time I flicked channels, there I was, talking. I was talking too much and writing too little. So Naomi and I went to Hawaii. The phone was cut off and we lost touch. This gave me the chance to have a good think about my life.
The studios have been taken over by marketing people and accountants.
From a writing point of view, you now have teams of screenwriters working with a director. What's lost in the process is the power of that one heart, brain, gut and soul that makes something an original piece of writing.
I had read too many memoirs that were written after the writer or the director was past his or her prime.
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