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Elmore on Be Cool - “It’s not my sound; it’s not my attitude at all.”

In the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Florida) BYLINE: Glenn Lovell

Elmore finally got asked about Be Cool.

Even the writer hates it

We checked in with author Elmore Leonard about “Be Cool,” the sequel to “Get Shorty” that has come up short at the box office.

Leonard is credited as executive producer, which means they couldn’t get his novel without sharing the profits. Unfortunately, with just over $53 million in international box office, the pricey John Travolta-Uma Thurman crime comedy won’t post any profits.

Why does the film miss so badly, when Barry Sonnenfeld’s adaptation of “Get Shorty” is such quirky fun?

“It’s not my sound; it’s not my attitude at all,” Leonard said. “It’s much more direct, right in your face. ‘Get Shorty’ came from the book.

“I told Barry Sonnenfeld, ‘When someone delivers a funny line, don’t cut to another character to get his reaction, to get a laugh.’ He understood that these people were all serious, and that’s why the picture worked.”

In “Be Cool,” Leonard said with a wince, the dumb stuff is belabored.

Then the vicious reviews are justified?

“I’m afraid they probably are, yeah,” he said.



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