James Ellroy, Author of ‘L.A Confidential’ Had Some Harsh Words About the Film

James Ellroy, Author of ‘L.A Confidential’ Had Some Harsh Words About the Film

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James Ellroy, author of the bestselling 1990 noir novel L.A. Confidential, has a few harsh words to say about the novel’s 1997 film adaptation, which starred Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, and Kevin Spacey. This was surprising, considering the film won numerous Oscars, including Best Picture and currently has a 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But James Ellroy made it clear in his panel during the weekend of the Hay Festival, according to The Guardian, that he did not care for it. He said the novel was as ‘deep as tortilla’, while also noting he did not care for the the majority of …