Robert Towne
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"Robert Towne" is an American screenwriter, Film producer/producer, film director/director and actor. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. His most notable work was his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974 film)/Chinatown (1974).

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I started doing it and I couldn't stop. It really tired the patience of the people around me.

To the extent of wanting me there and wanting to know everything about the scene, I think he realized it was important.

And as far as that goes, when he first started with it he was considering Bob Dylan for Clyde before he did it himself.

There was no scene between father and son, and there was a deep-seated need for the two protagonists in the story to face each other with the consequences of what had happened. Now he was able to express to his son that his whole life had been a struggle to prevent this very thing from happening.

It was not possible to film in California, because all the areas are heavily built up now. Coming to Cape Town is an invitation to step into the past and recreate Los Angeles of the 1930s.

Roman is hands-down the best director I've ever worked with, ... But all of the 1970s was a great era because the studios really left you alone. What has come to be called 'independent film,' you could really do within the studio system at that time.

Initially I was weary of it. When something is first done you're looking at all the things you wanted there that are not there.

There must have been something inevitable about it because we got it done. I lived with (the book) for 20 years when I didn't write (the adaptation), and when I did write it, I lived with it for the next 10, 12 years.

I'm excited and encouraged to see people getting involved with their public lands and forests. We really need the public's help to repair these heavily used recreation sites.