From the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride (he also wrote the novel), and the bestselling...more
From the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride (he also wrote the novel), and the bestselling author of Adventures in the Screen Trade comes a garrulous new book that is as much a screenwriting how-to (and how-not-to) manual as it is a feast of insider information.If you want to know why a no-name like Kathy Bates was cast in Misery-it's in here. Or why Linda Hunt's brilliant work in Maverick didn't make the final cut-William Goldman gives you the straight truth. Why Clint Eastwood loves working with Gene Hackman and how MTV has changed movies for the worse-William Goldman, one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood today, tells all he knows. Devastatingly eye-opening and endlessly entertaining, Which Lie Did I Tell? is indispensable reading for anyone even slightly intrigued by the process of how a movie gets made. less
I enjoyed a number of things about the book, but overall it doesn't hang together all that well. It feels like so much name dropping, bitterness, and Goldman's perspectives stated as fact. Still, there's a lot that is enjoyable about it.
This is William Goldman's second book about the movie industry, and more specifically the life of a screenwriter. I haven't yet read the first, but if you have any interest whatsoever in screenwriting, or if you're just curious about the guy who crafted The Princess Bride (amongst many others) then check this out.