Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski: “Tim Burton has become a brand”

Meet writers Ed Wood and Big Eyes on TV this Sunday.

In March 2015, the premiere sat down with Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski to talk about the Big Eyes set to hit theaters. I’ll repost this interview during a rerun of Tim Burton’s film at Arte, followed by a documentary on lead actor Christoph Waltz.

First: You wrote three great biographies (Ed Wood, Larry Flint, Man on the Moon) in the 90s, when this genre was not yet dominating Hollywood, as it is today. How did you experience this inflation?

Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski: I have a bit of a sense of responsibility! The biography was reserved for adults when we started – Abraham Lincoln or Mahatma Gandhi… Ed Wood, We decided to focus on the second division. For those who stay. “You probably don’t know this guy, but you’re going to love spending two hours with him.” Like this show, behind the music. They don’t talk about Pink Floyd. From this group, which opened one day for Pink Floyd and broke up before recording the second track… we started the idea that everyone could have rights to their biography. And today it is certainly true …

So that’s why you’re interested in Margaret Keane this time around? How to lean on a popular artist and change the flow?
Not at all ! Margaret Keane may have been very famous in the early 1960s, but since then she has been completely forgotten. It’s like Larry Flynt, that everyone has to be a common pornographer before they write the movie. Andy kaufman (Hero of the Lunar Man)Reduced to his funny look in the series Taxi.. We do a lot of research to clarify the complexity of the “subject”, but by the time the film hits theaters, viewers have already read numerous news articles that paraphrase our script. It’s like an electron microscope. The only way to see an object is to shine a spotlight on it, but you can change the nature of an object by shining a spotlight on it.

Is Tim Burton impersonating or is he an artist?

I’m 20 years old Ed Wood, Tim Burton portrayed a wacky underdog. Today it tells the story of Margaret Keane, a kitsch painter whose work has become a staple in printing on mugs and posters. The two films are a dazzling summary of his career, right?
absoutely. Tim was this strange young man from Burbank with a very personal attachment. In the process, he knew how to make fashion universal and became a brand … he must ask him what effect that would have. But deep down, he’s still that Ed Wood guy: really passionate, still enthusiastic, and a fan of old horror movies. Ed Wood more talented.

The film describes how Walter Keane took Margaret’s canvas with his name to take home all the honors. A parable of the relationship between a screenwriter and a director?
Especially the relationship between the artist and the studio.They have the copyright of Big eyes, Not us. And it’s true that we’re a bit like Margaret: trapped in our little office and forced to scratch the paper from morning to night …

Other than that, have you seen a good bio lately?
(Long, very long silence) Uh… is it important when you’re a boy?
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Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski: “Tim Burton has become a brand”

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski: “Tim Burton has become a brand”

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