Posts Tagged ‘Ellen Barkin’

Beginnings (More)


February 25th, 2018 Posted 8:54 am

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Chet and Bernie’s (as part of Chetspeak) – and now taking on all the Peter Abrahams novels in chronological order. Here, from 1995, #8 – THE FAN. It was made into a movie of the same name, directed by the late Tony Scott and starring Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo, Benicio Del Toro, and Ellen Barkin. It begins with sports talk radio, which I used as kind of a Greek chorus.

“Who’s next? Gil on the car phone? What’s shaking’, Gil?”

Dead air.

“Speak, Gil.”

“Is this …”

“Go on.”


“You’re on the JOC.”

“Am I on?”

“Not for long, Gil, the way we’re going. This is supposed to be entertainment.”

Dead air.

“Got a question or a comment for us, Gil?”

“First-time caller.”

“Fantabulous. What’s on your mind?”

“I’m a little nervous.”




July 21st, 2011 Posted 9:34 am

“I hear you’re taking a swing at the Chet and Bernie screenplay,” says Spence.

“Uh-huh,” says Admin.

“How’s it going?”

“It’s shorter than a book.”

“Which you knew already from the Lights Out screenplay.”


“Which I liked, although it didn’t make it to the screen.”

“No guarantees in the picture biz.”

“As I recall, you didn’t write the screenplay for The Fan.”

“Absolutely not.”

“I thought Benicio Del Toro was very good.”


“And Ellen Barkin.”


“Anything you can tell me about the C and B script? How did you start, for example?”

“With Chet and Bernie meeting for the first time.”

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