Long Term Relationship
The alchemy that intermittently, unexpectedly brings Linklater, Hawke and Delpy
together kicks off a writing process described as "mysterious" (by Hawke), "ego-
less" (by Delpy), and "mesmeric" (by producer Sara Woodhatch). After BEFORE SUNSET, says Linklater, "Everyone wanted to know -- when's the third one? What
Six years of percolation later, the trio was again ready to bring Celine and Jesse back
Hawke: "The way it works is: we run into each other for some reason and we end up
talking and then we debate for a few years about how it would be that these
characters would come in contact with each other again. And then an outline
Delpy: "...and we start taking notes, and Ethan will send us a scene, and then I will
send them a monologue about losing the person you love, dying or whatever, and it
may or may not ever end up in the film..."
Linklater: "... but it didn't totally come together until we got to Greece. We spent
seven weeks, very, very intensive weeks writing, workshopping, really demanding a
lot of each other."
Hawke: "People love the idea that Julie writes Celine and I write Jessie and Rick edits
it or something. And that would make sense, but the truth is there's no part of this
script that Julie or I or Rick hasn't had our hands in. Rick has a rule that if anybody
doesn't like something, it's out and that gives us a feeling of relaxation and
Delpy: "I often write for Ethan and Ethan for me, and you know, we all work for each
other and with each other. We try to let go of any ego, because otherwise the work
would suffer from it."
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