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Charlie Kaufman

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Born: November 1, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York CityUSA Profession: Writer ...


"I want to create situations that give people something to think about. I hate a movie that will end by telling you that the first thing you should do is learn to love yourself. That is so insulting and condescending, and so meaningless. My characters don't learn to love each other or themselves" ---Charlie Kaufman to Michael Sragow at, November 11, 1999.

"It's exactly the same with television; the batting average for these networks is just atrocious with doing the safe stuff, so why not make part of your shows as insane and different as you possibly can and see what sticks? They're not winning this way. But there is the mentality that if you pick something safe, as an executive, and it fails, you're not blamed, because you can justify it ... Am I digging my own grave here by saying all this stuff? "---Kaufman to Anthony Kaufman of, October 27, 1999.

"I had a long, long struggle to get into the business at all. And it certainly looked like it was never going to happen," he says. "And people ask me, 'Tell me the story of your struggle.' And there's some kind of relief at the end of the story for the listener because ... it worked out and all that trouble was worth it. But when you're going through it, it can just as easily not work out. It could have just as easily not worked out, and for all kinds of reasons."---Charlie Kaufman quoted to, December 15, 2004.

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