Here's a great longread from the New York Times, put together over the course of several interviews with Charlie while the pandemic has been going on. Needless to say it's an interesting read and there are a few particularly interesting (though admittedly trivial) nuggets.
- He's moved to New York.
- He has been making felt portraits.
- Charlie calls his adaptation of I'm Thinking of Ending Things “odd, small and a little complicated[...] I honestly approached it as my last directing job.”
- Spike Jonze compares Charlie to Kanye West. (While hesitating to compare him to Kanye.)
- "In April, he busied himself a little, taking a job adapting a short story for Ryan Gosling’s production company." (WHAT IS THIS? ANYONE HAVE INFO?)
There's a bonus anecdote in the comments section of the article, regarding a near death experience Charlie mightn't know that he had:
Mr. Kaufman doesn't know it, but he was nearly run over back in Pasadena years ago. He was jogging next to the Arroyo Seco. I was in my car, stopped at the side of the road as I was out photographing homes, including his I think, for a local business to use in its marketing campaign.
I did not see Kaufman as he jogged up behind me, and I almost did not see him as I moved to resume my journey just as he was skirting my car. Lucky for him (and you, and all of us), I glanced in the rear view mirror one last time and - YIKES! - there was Charlie Kaufman about to jog past me.
So glad I didn't kill him.
THANKS FOR NOT KILLING CHARLIE, INTERNET COMMENTER!
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