“For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeteers, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conquerors rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.”
Gen. George C. Patton
In digging around for quotes on Gone Girl novelist and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, I found this quote from Ben Affleck (who stars in Gone Girl):
“When I was doing The Town, I’d tour the actors around Boston. I was with Blake [Lively], and I saw Matt’s childhood home. And I said, ‘Oh yeah, that’s where Matt grew up.’ And she said, ‘Who?’ And I said, ‘Matt Damon.’ And she said, ‘Oh my God! You know Jason Bourne?!’ She really didn’t know. And I thought, ‘There it is. The first age of people who are adults who missed the whole Matt-and-Ben propaganda campaign!’ Mostly, it just made me feel old.”
Producer/director/actor/writer Ben Affleck
Details 2012 interview with Mark Seliger
Yeah, Affleck knows Jason Bourne/Matt Damon. They made a little film few years ago called Good Will Hunting which they not only starred in, but won the Oscar for writing. Granted that was way back in the 90s, but it was kind of a big deal.
Just remember that the next time you’re practicing your Oscar-acceptance speech in the shower. And remember the quote from Off-Srceen Quote #28:
“In Hollywood people are nice to you just in the first week after the [Academy Award] ceremony. Then they are like, ‘Oh, you just won an Oscar, right?’ Three weeks after the big party people are already thinking about the next year’s Oscars. Life goes on. Winning an Oscar is an honor, but, between you and me, it does not makes things easier.”
Oscar-winner Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting)
1998 Interview in Veja magazine with Ruben Edwald Filho via Forbes
And Williams and Affleck had the advantage of being actors so you’d think the glory would be less fleeting, but that doesn’t appear to be so. I saw an interview with screenwriter Sheldon Turner recently where he said it’s silly for screenwriters to think they are going to be stars like the glory positions of QB or linebacker on a pro football team, but that screenwriters are more like the right guard on the front line toiling away in anonymity.
Scott W. Smith
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