How were you first approached about Back to the Future?
Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg and Bob Gale, who produced, directed and wrote the film respectively, asked for a meeting. We went to Amblin Entertainment in Los Angles. They said, “Look, we’ve written this film, and the lead character is this teenager, Marty McFly. His favorite band would be Huey Lewis and the News. Would you like to write a song?” I said, “I’m flattered, but I’ve never written for a film. We’ll send you the next thing we write.” That was “Power of Love.” I didn’t think it would work since there was no love interest in the film, but clearly they used it pretty well.
Premiering nationwide this Monday on PBS (check local listings), ‘Mel Brooks: Make a Noise’ features new interviews with Brooks’ friends and colleagues, including Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Cloris Leachman, Joan Rivers, Tracey Ullman, and of course his close friend, Carl Reiner.
You cannot live life without consequences. Whenever you do something, there will be a consequence. Just like violence [on film] only works if there’s a consequence. You can’t just be violent for violence’s sake, because it’s not emotionally engaging. - Nicolas Winding Refn
In the scene where Jack is writing and gets mightily upset when Wendy interrupts him, the chair behind Jack vanishes and then reappears. This was intentional from Kubrick. The audience was supposed to get a subconscious feeling that something was wrong.