“A guy between thirty and fifty — with a gun”

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Tony Gilroy is one of the most exciting talents in Hollywood. Writer of the Bourne series, he has moved into directing, first with Michael Clayton and now Duplicity. The current New Yorker has this terrific piece about him, which is well worth reading: he’s candid about his battles with Bourne directors Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass (one condition of writing the third film was that he wouldn’t have to speak with Greengrass), and on the “cognitive arms race” between writers and audiences, each trying to outsmart the other. Gilroy is a valuable voice in the industry because he stands against its obsession with young audiences: he makes movies about adults for adults, with rich characters, demanding plots and dialogue that’s always slightly sideways to the matter in hand. Duplicity opens this Friday.

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