Quote: Adaptation

In one motion, Kaufman swabs his forehead and pulls a book
entitled The Orchid Thief from his bag.

KAUFMAN
First, I think it’s a great book.

VALERIE
Laroche is a fun character, isn’t he?

Kaufman nods, flips through the book, stalling. There’s a
smiling author photo of Susan Orlean on the inside back
cover.

KAUFMAN
And Orlean makes orchids so fascinating.
Plus her musings on Florida, orchid
poaching. Indians. Great, sprawling New
Yorker stuff. I’d want to remain true to
that, let the movie exist rather than be
artificially plot driven.

VALERIE
Okay, great, great. I guess I’m not
exactly sure what that means.

KAUFMAN
Oh. Well… I’m not sure exactly yet
either. So… y’know, it’s…

VALERIE
Oh. Okay. Great. So, um, what —

KAUFMAN
It’s just, I don’t want to compromise by
making it a Hollywood product. An orchid
heist movie. Or changing the orchids
into poppies and turning it into a movie
about drug running. Y’know?

VALERIE
Oh, of course. We agree. Definitely.

KAUFMAN
Or cramming in sex, or car chases, or
guns. Or characters learning profound
life lessons. Or characters growing or
characters changing or characters
learning to like each other or characters
overcoming obstacles to succeed in the
end. Y’know? Movie shit.

— from the script of the movie Adaptation, written by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman, adapted from the book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

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