Magazine article Variety

The Variety Studio: Producers

Magazine article Variety

The Variety Studio: Producers

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The forces behind an eclectic group of projects dish.

"Somebody asked me what's the most important thing to happen to the movie business in the last 10 years and I said cable television. ...There is not a major feature filmmaker that does not want to get into television right now, or isn't already in it right now.They can flex that muscle through cable television that they often can't do in feature film."

"It's a story that was very personal to the two of them (Matt Damon and John Krasinski, who cowrote), about the sort of American identity and the sort of situation a lot of people find themselves in today . . . When you have a movie star who's writing it and producing it, you can navigate the system faster. Matt (Damon) had a certain ability to get people to take him seriously and look at it right away."

"I got a phone call from the wonderful (agent) Ed Limato who said, 'I just read the script, I think it's marvelous for Denzel.' And I remember saying, 'You know Ed, there's only about 200 African-American pilots out of 12,000 in the union and this one happens to be an alcoholic and drug addict; is that going to be a good choice? …

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