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Born: June 22, 1949
Summit, New Jersey, USA
Born: October 31, 1955
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Born: January 7, 1964
Long Beach, California, USA
Born: November, 1958
Birthplace: New York, USA
Born: July 9, 1951
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Born: February 19, 1962
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA
In an interview Susan said the following, "...the idea of being portrayed as a drug-snorting [mess] just didn't square with me. Also, on another level, I thought, 'I don't want to be a character in a movie.' Even though I'm used to having my by-line published and so forth, it just seemed too public. It made me think I don't want to be that exposed. It wasn't even the idea that the character had unsavory habits, it was more that I was uncomfortable with just having my name being in a movie."
In an interview, when speaking about her conversations with Adaptation producer Ed Saxon, Susan said the following, "First Ed said to me, 'Everybody in the movie is using - I realize this is probably the way cops do it in interrogations - 'Susan' is going to use her name. Everyone else in it is going to use their names and we really want to be able to use your name.' I said, 'But I feel funny. Here I am using drugs and having sex with my subjects.' He said, 'Susan, look at Charlie. Charlie is masturbating through the whole movie using his name.' And I thought, 'You know, he's got a point there. What am I complaining about?'"
No, the true story reveals that in real life Susan Orlean did not develop any sort of intimate relationship with the orchid thief, John Laroche. In interviews she has explained that a unique relationship does develop due to the often lengthy period of constant contact with the subject, but she never lets such relationships turn sexual.
In an interview Susan said that this has happened, but that she never lets things advance. Orlean said that its easy for subjects to fall for writers who are doing a story on them, because as a writer you give your subjects a great deal of attention, and they often respond to someone so interested in their lives.
Obviously, John Laroche didn't get attacked by an alligator in real life. However, Susan did see many alligators in the Fakahatchee swamp area, including baby ones that she said looked deceivingly cute.
No, there is no Donald Kaufman. He is a fictional character for the film created by Adaptation screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.
On January 21, 2003, Susan Orlean sat down with Chicago area radio talk show host John Williams to discuss her, at the time, new book, The Orchid Thief. Susan talks about going to awards shows for the movie Adaptation and seeing celebrities. She speaks of orchids and the orchid thief, John Laroche. It's an informative interview. We learn about the story from Orlean's perspective before it took on its "adapted" form.
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Watch an interview with author Susan Orlean, who offers her thoughts on the movie. Also view the theatrical preview for the movie, which features the 1981 hit song "Under Pressure" by David Bowie and Queen.
WATCHAuthor Susan Orlean Discusses Her Feelings on the Movie Adaptation
At a Texas Book Festival screening of the
movie Adaptation, author Susan
Orlean discusses her shocking reaction to
being pitched Charlie Kaufman's movie
script that was inspired by her novel. She
also talks about coming to terms with her
morally ambiguous movie counterpart,
meeting screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and
inconsistencies with the
Adaptation movie true story.
WATCHAdaptation Movie Trailer
Watch the Adaptation Movie
Trailer for the Nicolas Cage film directed
by Spike Jonze. Screenwriter Charlie
Kaufman was originally hired to adapt
Susan Orlean's novel The Orchid
Thief into a screenplay, however, he
struggled with a case of writer's block
and decided to incorporate that into the
script. The new, unique plot had even
attracted Tom Hanks to the role, who had
for a brief time been set to portray
screenwriter Kaufman in the film. As time
went on, Spike Jonze stepped in to direct
and Cage replaced Hanks.