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  • Playing Against Type: Gary Oldman and Tim Roth spent much of the 1990s playing hammy villains, so it was a shock for some audiences back then to see them in such a comedy.
  • Self-Adaptation: Tom Stoppard wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of his play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and ended up directing it as well. Rather than seeking to keep everything the same, he had no hesitation about making substantial changes, adding new bits to take advantage of the new medium and cutting out bits that no longer worked. He said in an interview that part of the reason he took the director's chair was that it "just seemed that I'd be the only person who could treat the play with the necessary disrespect."
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