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Charlie Kaufman


The famous, innovative screenwriter behind such feature films as Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York. [1]
During a public Q&A after the Seattle premiere of Synecdoche, New York, Kaufman is asked by an audience member about his apparent disinterest in questions of a religious nature.

AM: Why don't these characters ever look for God?
CK: That's sort of like asking me, 'Why aren't they lumberjacks?' The answer is, 'Because I don't write about lumberjacks.'
(*Audience laughter*)
CK: I'm not making fun of you at all. It just doesn't resonate with me. I don't think God is a guy, or a woman, if God exists at all. But other people around me can relate to me in ways that are tangible.... I read a lot of philosophical stuff about religion, metaphysics, and the universe, and I'm really fascinated with it. But my feelings about it are that there's not an anthropomorphic version of someone watching over us who's going to love me. I could be wrong, but that's who I am. And the stuff that I write about is the stuff that I think about. [2]

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