The wizard is a big fan of the screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin.
“I have a lot of opinions on social media that make me sound like a grumpy old man sitting on the porch yelling at kids. There’s no depth. Life is complicated. You need to be able to explain complexity.”
– Aaron Sorkin
Speaking of his friend Philip Seymour Hoffman, recovering addict Sorkin recalls, “On breaks during rehearsals, we would sometimes slip outside our soundstage on the Paramount lot and get to swapping stories. It’s not unusual to have these mini-AA meetings — people like us are the only ones to whom tales of insanity don’t sound insane. ‘Yeah, I used to do that.’ I told him I felt lucky because I’m squeamish and can’t handle needles. He told me to stay squeamish. And he said this: ‘If one of us dies of an overdose, probably 10 people who were about to won’t.’ He meant that our deaths would make news and maybe scare someone clean.”