Charlie Kaufman

Hollywood's Idea Man

Charlie Kaufman has ideas, which for A screenwriter is rarer than you would think. And not just obvious ideas like killer aliens or making your children really, really small. Kaufman's ideas for movies (Being John Malkovich, Human Nature, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) come from the part of your psyche you avoid. His scripts upend time, logic and the laws of physics, and in the process of writing them, he has upended many of the conventions of Hollywood films. But what makes Kaufman, 45, the screenwriter to watch in Hollywood isn't his ideas or that he has created sadly...

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