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  • >> Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY.

  • WE'RE BACK WITH THE AUTHOR OF "MIKE NICHOLS: A LIFE," MARK

  • HARRIS.

  • TO TRY TO DRIVE HOME WHAT A WUNDTER KIND HE WAS, HE WAS A

  • CHILD IN GERMANY BEFORE THE WAR, THIS IS HIS FIRST MOVIE IS

  • "WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF?" THAT'S W WHAT HE COMES OUT OF TH

  • GATE WITH, AND HE FOLLOWS IT UP WITH A LITTLE THING CALLED "THE

  • GRADUATE."

  • WHAT DROVE HIM?

  • DO YOU HAVE SOME THEORY AS TO WHY HE WAS SO PROLIFIC OR WHY HE

  • WAS ALWAYS CREATING?

  • >> I THINK ONE REALLY INTERESTING THING ABOUT MIKE IS

  • THAT DIRECTING WASN'T HIS FIRST CHOICE FOR A CAREER.

  • THROUGH HIS 20s, HE WAS A PERFORMER, AND THEN HIS

  • PARTNERSHIP WITH ELAINE MAY ENDED, AND HE REALLY DIDN'T KNOW

  • WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO WITH HIS LIFE.

  • AND HE ALWAYS SAID THAT THE MINUTE HE STEPPED INTO THE

  • REHEARSAL ROOM FOR HIS FIRST PLAY AND THE MINUTE HE STEPPED

  • ON TO THE SET OF A MOVIE FOR THE FIRST TIME, HE KNEW THAT

  • DIRECTING WAS WHAT HE WANTED TO DO.

  • AND SO, IN SOME WAYS, HE DIDN'T FEEL LIKE HE HAD A MINUTE TO

  • LOSE AFTER MAKING THAT DISCOVERY.

  • >> Stephen: THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO CHOOSE FROM, BUT FOR

  • PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO MIGHT NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH HIS WORK,

  • WHAT'S YOUR INTRODUCTION-- WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AS AN

  • INTRODUCTION TO MIKE NICHOLS?

  • >> WELL, I'D SAY IF YOU'VE NEVER SEEN A MIKE NICHOLS MOVIE, START

  • WITH "THE GRADUATE."

  • I MEAN, THAT'S A FANTASTIC, FUNNY, FASCINATING, MOVING

  • MOVIE, NO MATTER WHAT PERIOD OF YOUR LIFE YOU'RE IN, WHETHER

  • YOU'RE THE SAME AGE AS THE YOUNG PROTAGONIST OR MRS. ROBINSON.

  • IF YOU HAVE SEEN "THE GRADUATE," I THINK THERE ARE ALL OTHER

  • KINDS OF DOORS FROM "SILKWOOD," TO "ANGELS IN AMERICA," I'LL

  • GIVE A PLUG FOR THE HOME TEAM.

  • TO "WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF?"

  • AND ALSO THAT ALBUM THAT YOU SHOWED.

  • I MEAN, "AN EVENING WITH MIKE NICHOLS AND ELAINE MAY," YOU GET

  • A FANTASTIC SENSE OF WHAT THEY WERE LIKE AS A COMEDY DUO, AND

  • IT'S STILL REALLY FUNNY.

  • >> Stephen: MIKE NICHOLS MADE A JOKE THAT HIS BIOGRAPHY, IF HE

  • COULD NAME IT, IT SHOULD BE CALLED "THE WRONG YOU."

  • CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT THAT MEANS?

  • >> MIKE, LATE IN HIS LIFE, WAS ORIGINALLY CAST IN WHAT TURNED

  • OUT TO BE A CRUCIAL EPISODE OF "THE SOPRANOS."

  • HE WAS GOING TO PLAY THE PSYCHIATRIST WHO CARMELA GOES

  • TO, TO COMPLAIN ABOUT TONY AND HER MARRIAGE, AND THE

  • PSYCHIATRIST IS KIND OF THIS OLD-STYLE TALMUDIC, OLD

  • TESTAMENT GUY WHO SAYS, "YOUR HUSBAND IS A CRIMINAL, AND IF

  • YOU STAY WITH HIM, YOU'RE COMPLICEIT, LEAVE HIM.

  • AND TAKE THE KIDS."

  • AND MIKE DID ABOUT A DAY OF WORK ON IT, AND THEN TOLD DAVID

  • CHASE, "YOU'VE GOT THE WRONG JEW.

  • I'M NOT THE RIGHT KIND OF JEW FOR THIS PART.

  • AND SOMEONE ELSE PLAYED IT.

  • >> Stephen: "MIKE NICHOLS: A LIFE" IS AVAILABLE NOW.

  • MARK HARRIS, EVERYBODY.

  • THANKS, MARK.

  • WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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