Colin Firth on Genius, M. Perkins, Th. Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, E. Hemingway

Colin Firth on Genius, M. Perkins, Th. Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, E. Hemingway

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[Music] are you living but it's not typically English's people might think some people might say well that you're well directed say I only have one minute I was just leaving go home and get some sleep I need you let me read it I been nominated the year before and I knew I wouldn't win we're getting towards the
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time and there are more writers and readers now I want to see you again ears always Tom which actually you live in England it's not as typically English as people might think you know if you walk around the streets of London they're not all wearing suits and bowler hats and being gentlemen [Music] it's wildly diverse and I don't want to sound inconsistent or hypocritical about
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it because I think I can form in a lot of the roles I play I do conform to the stereotype of the Englishman but I don't think it's particularly representative I've never quite understood why Sid Vicious isn't a typical Englishman or John Lennon or Damien Hirst or yeah gentleman's name should appear in the newspaper only three times true nobility is being superior to your former self an Oxford is any formal shoe with open
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lacing I didn't know Thomas Wolfe I think a lot of modern readers don't know Thomas Wolfe but I did have a huge interest in the likes of Fitzgerald and Hemingway and then reading the book home which is his base the biography of max Perkins I fell in love with him it became a real passion and I wanted to know more and more about him partly
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because he's a mystery he didn't want to be in the limelight you [Music] [Music] absolutely committed to being in the shadows and was the facilitator of all these extraordinary talents and what's particularly notable about it is that it wasn't just a Discoverer and facilitator of talent the people he's best known for working with were the most flamboyant
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and the most troubled and he seems to be the exact opposite of those personalities it's not just Thomas Wolfe and you know as you see in the film he's driven by instinct and has no filter and no ability to edit or censor or even control himself minimally and yet her
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Perkins is the ultimately controlled man and Fitzgerald in a very different way was equally troubled and had an inability to act in his own interest you know what their life the state asylums I should have died when I was 24 right after this side of paradise you know and Hemingway to all of them drinkers all of them self harming in one sort of way or
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other and on all ism geniuses and all set against this man who was like a kind of father figure telling you Spain is where the action is gonna be it's war that's coming you need to be there I need to be somewhere need to feel the old lucha Paul every day you know struggle for life what else is there ultimate modesty and generosity and intelligence and and independence as well he wasn't just a safe conservative
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man he worked for a very conservative publishing house it's nothing conservative about Fitzgerald or wolf or any of them and he had to fight for them so I didn't know anything about Perkins Fitzgerald's dependency on Perkins I didn't know that Perkins was like a father to him I didn't know that he helped him financially past really was a kind was an emotional support for him I didn't know and that's a very important
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thing to know that he had a figure like that little velvet to see his room all right greenbox I know he struggles to sell his books I mean Gatsby got terrible terrible reviews when it when it came out largely and sold terribly and went out of print during his lifetime and he had to make money training out short stories and working from Hollywood you know how much I made in royalties on Gatsby last year
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$2.13 but crudely I mean it was Maxwell Perkins who suggested the title the Great Gatsby it was Maxwell Perkins who thought up the structure of the plot of the book and one of the most famous novels ever written and that's there's a letter from Fitzgerald to Perkins testifying to that it was you know I think I've done over a great book but it was it was you who gave me the story structure I think that many people in the creative process are in enlivened and find that
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they something unlocks in their process by a figure like that I know that good teachers can do it you know that you you could think you're stupid until you meet that good teeth in a book crowded of great rolling mountains of prose now it's this moment profoundly different because it's simple unadorned like lovely standing out in in the black sky but it's topless exactly you know wolf I don't think went on to write better
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workout without Perkins after he left him Hemingway did I think that it was Perkins who produced the best of Hemingway largely in the early part of his life that was my opinion [Music]

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