Playwright Letts on the pains of adapting Osage County
TORONTO (AP) - The build-up to the world premiere of August: Osage County was familiar to Tracy Letts, the playwright who penned the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and wrote the screenplay for its big-screen adaptation.
Formal wear, a limo, a ride to the theatre. But such a night would usually culminate for him in the debut of a play and, he says, "the thrum of live performance".
"Some part of me - because I'm a theatre animal - I go into that cinema last night and I get into my seat and I go, 'Oh, it's a movie. It's already done'," Letts said in an interview the day after August: Osage County premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film, with an ensemble cast led by Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, is one of the most-anticipated of the fall movie season. It's also a closely watched test of Hollywood's ability to transfer theare into a film - rarely its strong suit.