“My name is Lester Burnham…

“My name is Lester Burnham… I am 42 years old. In less than a year I will be dead.”

 

Sam Mendes read Ball’s screenplay and was immediately taken. “It was incredibly multi-layered, but it made me laugh. Then I read it again, and it was full of sadness and loneliness, about imprisonment and escape. Then there was this theme of beauty running through it, and it was so many different things and I just didn’t know how Alan had done it. And that really fascinated me.”

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