It was, how does someone get to the point of being to do this?
Journalism is just the art of capturing behavior.”CHRISTENSEN: They are similar lines of work: Both rely on observation.
I think that was why I could relate to Stephen—it made me think, I might not know much about journalism, but I can still understand how his story evolved and what was behind those misdeeds. DORMENT: In journalism, one knows where to look for the truth.
But when you’re approaching a character, where do you find the truth that makes it real to you?
CHRISTENSEN: You look at circumstance and situation, draw your own conclusions, and then ask yourself, “What was it that pushed this person in this direction?
I try to get a feel for how much of his own bias a journalist instills into his story.
In much the same way an actor decides to play a character, a certain amount of projection on the part of writer is inevitable.
It ultimately led to his being fired from the magazine.
DORMENT: I understand you and your brother, Tove, were actively involved in developing the film [through their production company, Forest Park Pictures]. CHRISTENSEN: Just the subject matter in general—journalism.
” It’s a bit like solving a puzzle with no sort of definitive guide, so you’re left up to your own druthers.