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Richard Shepard, The Matador



Few directors are as interesting as their interesting films but The Matador writer-director href="http://www.richardshepard.com/">Richard Shepard certainly is. His story of how this darkly comic script came to the screen is a beaut: The Matador was done simply as a personal exercise and then sent to Pierce Brosnan's Irish Dream Time company solely as a writing sample so Shepard might be hired to pen the Thomas Crown Affair sequel. Instead, Brosnan was so taken with this end-of-his-rope bisexual hitman, he optioned the script and Shepard's career entered a whole new phase. It's not the first time, however, that he's tangled with success, as he explains on Beyond the Subtitles. A hotshot N.Y.U. Film School grad, he made his first movie soon out of college - and saw it flop. For the next decade he had to confront the reality that his dreams, his huge expectations, might never happen. Luckily, Shepard's kept a sense of humor - and his focus on his talent.
 

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Stephen Schaefer hosts candid conversations with actors, filmmakers, producers and movie people near and far. Schaefer has over three decades of writing and talking about movies behind him. He is the author of the Hollywood spoof The Autobiography of Marla Del Marr as told to Stephen Schaefer  and is currently a film critic and entertainment writer for The Boston Herald; and a contributor to USA Today and Entertainment Weekly.
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