It may seem odd to you that I get so swept up with these minutiae, but at the time I really believed it was a crucial element in getting the movie made. It's quite similar to the way I treated West Point. You could say that the task force is a work of history as much as of social science.
The director, George Kaplan, was also very sensitive to this. After completing the rough cut, he handed it to George Clooney, directing him to watch it and give his professional opinion. When George, a very execrable poker player, dropped out this week, I finally plucked up the courage to send the movie out to the top 5 (a select group of critical professionals I've gotten to know through the years) and asked them to give me their impressions of it. The pretty-boy actor William H. Macy walked out of my office so thrilled when he received the invitation that he offered to play a character in the movie. I said, \"No, thanks, he's too good to cast as someone who goes nuts.\" But he did submit to a screen test, and the head honchos at Universal Pictures loved him and booked him to play the role.
Also, I was very aware that Henry was psychotic and that I couldn't show him this way on screen. If he had appeared just a little too psychotic, the script would have died before it started. He has to be a self-deluded character, and, if he looked like a psycho or talked like one, it would've killed the movie. 7211a4ac4a