Want to be a screenwriter? One of Hollywood’s most respected screen writers Aaron Sorkin has shared seven top tips, all of which can be found here.
Aaron Sorkin, the writer behind The Social Network, The West Wing, Moneyball and most recently Molly’s Game, starring Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain,delivered his screenwriting tips ahead of the Molly’s Game premiere in Toronto on Friday.
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Included in these tips is some valuable advice from the late Carrie Fisher, who, while Sorkin was struggling with a drug addiction, phoned him out of the blue to tell him “I know you think you’re not going to be able to write as well without drugs, I promise you you’re going to write better.” She was, he says, 100% right. So, don’t do drugs kids.
He also explains that a bad casting decision can hinder an entire project, and congratulated himself on the casting of Jessica Chastain, who, he says, was perfect in the role of Molly, a young woman who ran a notorious high-stakes underground poker game for actors and millionaires.
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So go on and check out all seven of his tips here, and get typing- Hollywood won’t wait!
At 26, Molly Bloom became the subject of an FBI investigation into an underground poker ring involving Hollywood’s elite. Bloom, an Olympic-class skier ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for ten years before being arrested.
The casting of Jessica and Idris in the two lead roles is any filmmaker’s dream come true. They’re two of the greatest actors of their generation, paired for the first time, and their chemistry will be electric.
Michael Cera, Brian d’Arcy James, Chris O’Dowd, Bill Camp, Graham Greene, Claire Rankin and Kevin Costner also star. ‘Molly’s Game’ hits theaters November 22.