Jack Roth Quotes in Mistress (1992)


Jack Roth Quotes:

  • Jack Roth: You know, that script of yours has all the right elements. I mean it's got good characters and a terrific story. I don't know if you agree with me but I think story is the most important element of a script.

    Marvin Landisman: Well, yeah. I do agree. Story is very important.

    Jack Roth: You know, I liked it so much I re-read it last night after we talked. It was a real pleasure. I mean it's got great parts for actors. It's modern. It's timely. I mean, what the hell more could you ask for?

    Marvin Landisman: Well, thanks. I worked hard to get the right balance throughout.

    Jack Roth: That's a good way to put it Marvin. It is balanced. I don't know if you'll agree with me but it does get heavy in places.

    Marvin Landisman: Well, the painter kills himself.

    Jack Roth: That's what I mean, Marvin. The whole thing is very heavy.

    Marvin Landisman: Well, suicide is a dark subject.

  • Jack Roth: Stuart here's very talented. He wrote a terrific science-fiction thing. Now, the backer I've got. He wants to do a smaller film. Something a little more artistic but I'm not entirely sure he'll go for a script about suicide.

    Marvin Landisman: It's not about suicide. It's about an artist's courage. He's driven to kill himself. I won't change that.

    Jack Roth: Naturally. I'm not asking you to change it. That's an important element. I found it very moving but maybe it could be handled a little differently.

    Stuart Stratland Jr.: For instance, does he have to kill himself? Couldn't he just leave town at the end?

    Marvin Landisman: The whole point of the film is that he's destroyed by society. No, he can't just leave town.

    Stuart Stratland Jr.: What if he was killed in an accident or hit by a truck before he could kill himself?

    Jack Roth: Stuart here had the same teachers as Spielberg at Cal State.

  • Marvin Landisman: I could have made this film years ago if I wanted to play footsie-wootsie with it but I don't!

    Jack Roth: Marvin, we're just talking here.

    Marvin Landisman: I knew this was gonna happen. I'm not changing *one* word! I don't *need* to make this film and I don't need your damn turkey sandwich okay? Just... let's just forget it okay?

    Jack Roth: Jesus I love your passion. It's so refreshing.

  • Marvin Landisman: [after meeting Stuart] Who the hell does he think he is saying the script isn't finished? I've been working on that script for years. Who the fuck does he think he is?

    Jack Roth: He's a little green. He made a mistake.

    Marvin Landisman: Jack, as a matter of fact, who the fuck is he? I mean, what has he done? What does he even have to do with this film?

    Jack Roth: I thought you knew.

    Marvin Landisman: No, I don't. I don't even know why he had to be at this meeting. Jack, who is he?

    Jack Roth: You never heard of Stuart Stratland?

    Marvin Landisman: Stuart Stratland?

    Jack Roth: Two Academy Awards. He wrote "Sound In The River"? "Death by Any Other Name"? "Diary of a Lover"?

    Marvin Landisman: He-He's so young.

    Jack Roth: No! Not him! That's his son. Stuart Stratland Jr. He's just out of college.

    Marvin Landisman: His son? His son! What are we doing with his son?

    Jack Roth: I know his father. He did a picture with me years ago. He loves this kid. Don't you understand? If we get in trouble with the script he'll help us out. You know how much he gets? Five-hundred thousand easy. The kid's on spec, it's like getting the father for free.

  • Beverly: "Thats right I'm fucking both your investors, so don't fuck with me.....any questions?"

    Jack Roth: "You know I've never had Sushi before"

  • Jack Roth: "So when do we all get to meet your fabulous friend Beverly?"

    Evan Wright: "I'll give you her number, I'm not seen with her in public my wife wouldn't like it"

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