Monthly Archives: August 1999

Very A-Muse-ing

People Online JACQUE JONES

Albert Brooks thinks about inspiration

Ask writers their biggest fear in life and most will undoubtedly reply “writer’s block.” Try to imagine the frantic feeling that your creative well has run dry at the same time that your livelihood depends on it flowing and you’ll get the panic behind Albert Brooks’s new comedy The Muse. Brooks plays a Hollywood screenwriter desperate for inspiration who finds it with a little help from a real-life Muse (Sharon Stone). (The Muses, according to Greek mythology, were the nine daughters of Zeus, who inspired artists with boundless creativity.) She turns out to be so powerful that even such real-life directors as Rob Reiner, Martin Scorsese and James Cameron appear in cameos for a quick consult. Brooks talked with PEOPLE Online’s Jacque Jones about his inspiration for the film, his own muse, writer’s block and being an inspiration to others.

Q: How did the idea for The Muse come about?
A: I always felt that one of the best bits I ever did on “The Tonight Show” was where I literally ran out of material. I was only five years into my career and I just sat in a chair and looked at the camera and said, “I have no more material left. Now don’t think I couldn’t do the cheap stuff because I could. I could drop my pants and draw a face” and I wound up doing all the stuff I said I would never do. That idea of running out and finding someone to come up with stuff is a gift. It’s such a romantic fantasy notion that there’s this goddess looking over you to make sure you can write. Continue reading

Albert Brooks: West Coast Woody Allen

The New York Observer by Rex Reed

Salvaging what remains of the worst summer I can remember, I am off to greener pastures where, if I? lucky, I will not see a cell phone, a pierced tongue, a computer, a rock video, a traffic jam or a single motion picture released after 1950. Before I go, here are a few notes on how to get through the rest of August. First, don? miss The Muse, a charming broadside against the insanity of Hollywood by writer-director Albert Brooks that establishes Sharon Stone as a new goddess of comedy who will surprise and delight you despite what you think of her already. Continue reading

Brooks Reveals His ‘Muse’

New York Daily News By BART MILLS

Albert Brooks has been kicking around Hollywood for more than three decades. But the way he tells it, it’s more like Hollywood has been kicking him around.

Despite having developed a signature comedic style as an actor, writer and director with such stellar films as “Defending Your Life” and “Lost in America,” Brooks still thinks Hollywood doesn’t, well, really get him.

Film roles don’t drop in his lap and script offers don’t ring his phone off the hook, which explains why he often writes for himself and let’s the chips fall where they may.
“I don’t generally see Albert Brooks comedies written by other people,” he says with his singular brand of irony. “That’s why I have to make ’em myself. I’m a lazy guy. If they were all around, I’d go act in ’em.”
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Albert Brooks: Funnyman Whose Muse Is in the Mirror


LOS ANGELES — On a recent hot afternoon, Albert Brooks could be found in his office at Universal Studios, getting worked up over a snapshot.

“It means nothing!” exclaimed Brooks, when asked about the lone item tacked to a cork bulletin board on his wall — a photograph of him standing alongside Elton John, who composed the score for Brooks’ latest movie, “The Muse,” which opens Friday.
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