Bill Condon

Bill Condon

Oscar nominee for Gods and Monsters'
Bill Condon began his career teaming with director Michael Laughlin as co-scenarist on a pair of cult thrillers, "Dead Kids/Strange Behavior" (1981), which focused on the mysterious murders of teenagers in a Midwestern town, and "Strange Invaders" (1983), a spoof of 50s sci-fi films. Moving to the director's chair, he helmed "Sister, Sister" (1987), an atmospheric Southern gothic tale about two siblings that many found derivative but which also featured sterling work from leads Judith Ivey and Jennifer Jason Leigh.Condon detoured to the world of the made-for-cable movie for several years where, by his own admission, he acquired confidence and honed his screenwriting and directorial skills. While his initial return to features, as one of the screenwriters on "FX2 - The Art of the Deadly Flesh" (1991) and as director of "Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh" (1995), were in relatively standard genre fare, he triumphed with his first solo writing and directing assignment. Adapting Christopher Bram's impressionistic novel "Father of Frankenstein", Condon fashioned the superior "Gods and Monsters" (1998), a meditative look at the last days of famed British filmmaker James Whale, anchored by a brilliant central performance by Ian McKellen. His masterful script received an Academy Award as Best Adapted Screenplay.Source:
In Hollywood through the 50s, there were black, English, and Middle European housekeepers and maids.More Bill Condon quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
No piece of writing is ever finished. It’s just due.More Bill Condon quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's in the nature of television to restrain the spontaneity of a live event. Things become more and more prepackaged.More Bill Condon quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
But you really - I always think that a director has got to adapt to whatever the needs of the actor are. You know, so if you take someone like Eddie Murphy, who is not a big fan of rehearsal. You know he comes out of stand-up. He comes - it's all about capturing the moment - in the moment, you know.More Bill Condon quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I really think the biopic thing so rarely works, because people's lives don't have a dramatic shape that can be satisfying.More Bill Condon quotes [10/03/2011 03:10:01]

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