David Mamet

David Mamet wrote and directed the film State and Main, which opens Dec. 22.

Q. I had to sit in the corner for an entire year in physics because I was caught reading your plays. Do you feel guilty?

A. Not at all. I'm not going to say I expect any gratitude for being lifted from the curse of a scientific education, but if you wanted to express some, I'd certainly accept it.

Q. When you wrote captions for Oui, did you ever throw in the names of people you knew just to piss them off?

A. It never occurred to...

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