Finding an idea

“I was sitting next to a pilot on a flight and he was chatting with me. He wouldn’t shut up. I’m a very friendly guy but I was like, ‘I wish this guy wouldn’t talk to me,’ and I realized it was because he was a pilot. I didn’t want to know anything about him personally. I wanted to think that whoever was flying my plane has their life perfectly in order. I didn’t want to think, you got problems, you’re getting divorced, you’re an alcoholic. And then I was like, what if he was?”

— John Gatins on his inspiration for Flight

John Gatins (Writer/Actor/Producer) Flight, Coach Carter, Hardball

John Gatins NYT Profile January 10, 2013

John Gatins Interview DP/30: The Oral History of Hollywood. (40 min video)

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