If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character, would you slow down? Or speed up?
A film has to maintain a certain decorum in order to be broadcast to a vast audience.
I know that I'm going to die and that you're going to die. I can't do anything about that. But I can explore it through a metaphor and make a kind of funny, dark story about it, and in doing so, really exhaust and research as many aspects of it as I can imagine. And in a way, that does give me some closure.
I wouldn't get nearly as many books written if I lived in New York. The Columbia Gorge is fantastic. When the sun shines, I just want to be outdoors.