Interview with Robert Towne
Robert Towne
Nathan Rabin~The Onion A.V. Club
AVC: What's the most surprising thing you learned about Los Angeles when you were preparing for Chinatown?
RT: Well, how much I knew. 'Cause I was going out with a production designer, brilliant, Richard Sylbert, and he said, "What do you have in mind for here?" Every location that I pointed to, they said, "Okay, we'll go with that." And I thought, "These fucking guys are really lazy." I didn't realize that I just knew the city much better than even I thought I did. And that was kind of a revelation to me.
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