“I love this episode,” says McQuarrie. “It’s written by Richard Matheson.”
The name strikes familiar, digging around in my brain for a bit trying to remember, finally, reaching it, I say out loud: “The guy who wrote I Am Legend?”
“That’s right. Good form.”
“We have that book somewhere around here. Or at least we did at one point. Who knows if we still have it?”
“Nah, those fags just wanted to send us for a loop. See what’d we do, coming back to this, but anyway…”
Here it comes. The plan, what we’re going to do and how it’ll end up fucking things up even more. I would love for this moment to continue, and fortunately I have my little cig to help blank out the bad parts.
Finally, he continues. “…what I love about this episode is this guy thinks he’s living a normal life, but is actually playing the part of himself in a movie,” color me surprised that he goes in this direction. “So, when the people on the crew see him as having some kind of nervous breakdown, they don’t understand that the character he’s playing is actually him, they shut the production down. They shut down ‘his’ movie.”
“This was before there was such a thing as documentaries,” I reply, lighting up.
“Oh, sure. Look at it, the show is in black and white. Probably late fifties this show.”
“My Dad calls The Twilight Zone modern Grimm fairy tales.”
“Absolutely, but it provides a scope of how we look at ourselves,” McQuarrie replies lighting his Pall Mall. I didn’t know they still make Pall Malls. “Even to this day! I had a friend at Uni who used to say all the time: ‘My life is a movie’.”
“Little self-absorbed isn’t he?” I choke through the smoke, taking it all the way down while a man on the television screams crazily.
“Yeah, he was, but it stayed with me. Throughout those times in the service, my partner, Diana, and all of this stuff happening now—my life is a movie. Our lives, really. It’s simply too incredible for our lives to have become this dramatic. Most people go through their lives nine to five,have kids, have a nice house, and hopefully they get to do what they love. Spies, assassins, conspiracy. This is a movie, and you wrote about it as a movie.”
I take a second to look at it and I simply have to agree. “Yeah, I wrote about this, and if we make it out of this, that script is going to be the center of our story.”
This is when I realize that we are going to make it through this, because I want that story to happen.