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Tracy Letts On AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Oscar Race, Altered Ending & More

January 16
5:37 PM 2014

Tracy Letts On AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Oscar Race, Altered Ending & MoreRecent Tony Award-winning Best Actor In A Play and before that a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright for his work on AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, Tracy Letts discusses the year-end Oscar race and changes made to his play for the big screen adaptation starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts now in movie theaters nationwide as part of a new interview.

Commenting on the awards season, Letts shares, "They take all the good, serious adult movies... and cram them at the end of the year and see which one of them is going to make it into the Kentucky Derby."

As for the ownership of the film if AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and its ultimate artistic expression versus that of the play as it exists onstage and on the page, Letts says, "It's not a Tracy Letts play, it's a John Wells film."

Letts elaborates on bringing the play from stage to screen, "It's the movie biz. It involves a lot of collaboration. And it's a medium in which I'm not the boss."

Furthermore, Letts reveals, "I know going in that I'm not going to be the boss. I'm not going to be making the final decisions."

As for how that is reflected in the revised ending adopted for the film, Letts opines, "August: Osage County has always only ended one way. However, when you're ending a film, there are a lot of dials you're fiddling with. How long does the last shot go on for? Is that the last shot? When do the credits start? When does the music start? Is that the music? These are the things we were trying to figure out, and we didn't like the tone at the end of the movie and we hadn't gotten it right. Nobody was ever arguing to give us a smiley ending. It would be disastrous if they did."

Check out the original article on the matter here.

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