I attended a party at my step brother's house last weekend and met a fella named "Joe" who is a house painter. When he heard I was in the business, he began to tell me some ideas he has for movies. I thought to myself, "oh boy, how am I ever going to tell him his ideas are horrible?" How many times will I use the kiss of death phrase "interesting?"
So "Joe" tells me his idea and I could not believe it. It's actually good! What they like to call in Hollywood a "high concept," meaning a big idea with universal appeal. I tell "Joe" he's on to something and I'm interested. He tells me to run with the idea, and I tell him if I do, we'll have to sign an agreement. He agrees. I tell him stranger things have happened. Look at Barbara Streisand's hair dresser. He became a producer. Why not Joe the house painter...Now I have some writing to do.....