My guest today is playwright and filmmaker, David Mamet. David won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for his plays Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. He wrote the screenplays for such films as The Verdict, The Untouchables, Ronin, and Wag the Dog. We talk about his early influences, and career challenges, during this episode.
The 5 questions I ask in this episode:
- 1. Can you share some of the early influences that shaped your interest in writing and drama?
- What motivated your transition from studying acting to becoming a playwright and how did this shift impact your creative process?
- How was being fired from dozens of movies a blessing in disguise and what did you learn from the experiences?
- What are the biggest challenges of making a film and how did you overcome them?
- What’s your best piece of career advice?