Cinema: Norton Exposure

Before he was 30, Edward Norton already had two Oscar nominations. But what he really wanted to do was direct. Now he has

If you're a successful young actor wondering whether to go ahead and direct a movie, you'll first want to take that call from Warren Beatty. That's what Edward Norton did a while back: had an out-of-the-blue phone session with the future winner of the Irving G. Thalberg Award. Recalling the chat, Norton deftly mimics the seductive Beatty stammer: "He said, 'I've been watching the stuff you're doing, and I think you're a lot like me. You're gonna be frustrated like I was, 'cause you're gonna want to do it yourself. I wanted to tell you, don't wait. 'Cause I waited too...

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