21 May, 2009

Neil Simon, playwright, interview

The Oregonian:

"I'd say all of the people I write about -- and this goes for playwriting altogether -- had better be in trouble. Otherwise, what's the play about?

I don't try to push them to an extreme, because the extreme is there already. It's them. I'm never looking for humour, either. The humour just comes from the problems they're going through and how they deal with them.

For me, the humour just sort of slides in. It either comes out of my head or it doesn't. I know that sounds strange, but there's no other explanation for it. It's like if you were talking to a painter and you said, "Where do you get the red from?" What's he going to say to you? "It's the right colour to put there."

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