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Born: October 22, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rockville, Maryland, USA Profession: Producer ...


Spike Jonze had been set to direct the film adaptation of "Harold & the Purple Crayon", scripted by David O Russell. When the studio pulled the plug on the project, Russell wrote the role of Private Conrad Vig in "Three Kings" especially for Jonze.

Jonze, displaying his notoriously skewed sense of humor, explains why he was offered the job of directing "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" (which he turned down): "My stepdad sells juicers to a lot of people in Hollywood and he knew Jim Carrey through his juicing connection. In Hollywood all the big deals are made through juicing." --quoted in Entertainment Weekly, March 17, 1995.

Director Tamra Davis on the possibility of Jonze going Hollywood: "With him there's the Adam Spiegel side - the businessman, and then there's the Spike side. When Adam Spiegel says make a movie, Spike will probably do it." --quoted in Details, March 1995.

Jonze refuting Details' R.J. Smith's allegations that the director's alter ego is Adam Spiegel, heir to the famed catalog company: "'No! There is no Spiegel thing!' he insists. 'It's all a lie, a product of excellent PR.

'This is my father,' he says, grabbing a CD off a table. 'He's a musician named Wesley Willis.' Spike throws on the CD; a middle-aged black man raves over a cheesy beat. A big smile crosses Spike's face, and he says apologetically, 'He's very eccentric.'"

"I just told the crew that this was my fourth movie and they were more comfortable." --Jonze on why things went smoothly on his feature directorial debut "Being John Malkovich", quoted in Rolling Stone, August 19, 1999.

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