At the "Jarhead" post-party, I approached the respected author/playwright and all-round éminence grise, who publicists said would be amenable to speak with me for the awards site, The Envelope, about the film he'd just seen.
"It's an honor to meet you, Mr. Vidal. May I ask what you thought of 'Jarhead'?"
"What are you paying?"
"You work for the L.A. Times and they have a lot of money. And I get paid for criticism."
"I'm sorry. I really can't pay you. Does that mean you don't want to talk about the film?"
"Well, do you have a dollar?"
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