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Q: Bernhard expressed his enthusiasm and joy with the movie adaptation  and your work in particular. Did you work closely with him at all during the process of writing the screenplay?

A: I've done three literary adaptations, and in each case they were all novels that survived years of scrutiny. The more I worked on a particular book, more respect I had for it. You would be absolutely crazy not to go back to the person who thought up [the story]. The deeper you dig, the more searching you do, the more questions you have are. I always made it a rule to work as closely as I can with the author of the book. After I finish each draft, I showed it to Bernhard and we discussed the issues that were raised.

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