One of my favorite movies of all time is "Out of Sight", even though it starred Jennifer Lopez. It's about a US Marshall and a career criminal who fall in love, but can't be together.
Soon after seeing that film, I entered film school. I was a young buck filled with wild ideas I was eager to write. But which one should I write first?
I studied "Out of Sight". What made that movie so good? Well, it must have something to do with two characters who desperately wanted each other but absolutely could not under any circumstances be together. I thought to myself, maybe I should come up with something like that...
But who can't be together? FBI Guy and a terrorist, maybe. Siblings, true, but gross (funny thing is, they actually ended up making that movie, "Say It Isn't So", starring Chris Klein and Heather Graham at the height of their careers). Who else?
And that's when it hit me. I quickly started writing, and writing, and writing. It went so easily. I really thought I had something.
It was a comedy, a romantic comedy, between a Jew and a Nazi.
Surprisingly, people didn't take to it. It wasn't long before it occupied a section of my closet (that would soon be filled with many other dumb ideas).
Looking back, it was ridiculous. I mean, what normal person goes out with a Nazi? Who could ever believe that someone, anyone, even an America's Sweetheart type person, would ever, ever go out with a Nazi.
I gotta start coming up with more realistic shit.