2.5 Hours Of Charlie Kaufman Yappin'? Yes, Please!
Published at: Sept. 16, 2008, 11:38 a.m. CST by mrbeaks
Got two-and-a-half hours to spare? I don't, but when I do get a little downtime, I plan on listening to every minute of Jason Tanz's audio interview with Charlie Kaufman. Kaufman is a notoriously nervous interview subject (the sweating bit from ADAPTATION isn't a bit at all), but if you can engage him intellectually, you'll quickly find that he's sensationally self-critical and, shock of shocks, really fucking funny. I say this not from experience (I've only participated in a roundtable interview with Kaufman, and that was dreadful), but from watching Charlie Rose.
Hopefully, I'll get the opportunity to see SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK before Sony Pictures Classics tries their luck with a limited release on October 24th. The responses have been very mixed, something Kaufman uneasily acknowledges at the outset of Tanz's interview (as a coffee grinder rages in the background; I've transcribed - am currently transcribing - over worse). But even if Kaufman's gotten lost in his own head this time out, puzzling over his ambitious failure would be preferable to wasting two hours on anonymous studio product.
And I'm aware that Wired posted the audio a week ago. This is just a heads up for all of you who can't spend every waking hour scouring the internet for cool shit (which means you probably don't have two-and-a-half hours to spare either, but whatever).