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Q&A with Michael Connelly
Q: The Lincoln Lawyer is your second book to be made into a movie. How does that feel?
A: I am very fortunate to have this experience even once. I wish every writer got a chance to see the written work translated to the visual. It is quite thrilling.
Q: You’ve said that Matthew McConaughey nails the character of Mickey Haller. In what ways?
A: I would say it is in many subtle ways that add up to a big performance. Mickey is a guy who is always looking for an angle. He is a bit cynical and cocky. At different times in the movie McConaughey seems to convey these character aspects without dialogue. Then when it comes to dialogue and action he delivers flawlessly. The story is about a cool, calm man being put into a desperate situation. McConaughey makes that leap convincingly.
Q: What was your involvement in the making of the movie?
A: Almost none. I looked at the first and last versions of the script, took a few phone calls from producers and location scouts, and that was about it. I think my biggest contribution outside of writing the book was giving my trust to Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi, the producers. They promised me six years ago that they would keep the gritty realism of the story – the-law-in-the-trenches aspect of it. I trusted them to do that and with Brad Furman, the director, they came through.
Q: What were your immediate thoughts when you first read the script? When you heard about each cast member?
A: Depends on which script. It was a long-running work in progress. I went from not liking the first effort to being blown away by the last version. I am a huge believer in rewriting in my own work so I knew that the more time they spent with the script, the better it would become. As far as casting goes, I don't write with anybody in mind. But I saw Tropic Thunder with Matthew McConaughey in it and immediately thought he would be good at being Mickey Haller. A year later he was cast, so I was happy from the start. The rest of the cast is just fantastic. As each was announced, I became more and more excited. John Leguizamo was in Brad Furman's previous film and was just excellent. When I heard he was aboard, it was a great day. Same with all the rest. Bryan Cranston happens to be the star of my favorite show, Breaking Bad. So I couldn't be happier with him in the cast.
Q: What was your inspiration for The Lincoln Lawyer? Is Mickey Haller based on someone you know?
A: I met an attorney who worked out of his car, not because he was not doing well but because he believed it was the best way to do the job in L.A. That was the spark, and it went from there.
Q: Are there any scenes in the film that you wish were in the book?
A: There are definitely a few lines I wish were in the book. There is a scene where Mickey drops his sleeping daughter off at his ex-wife's home. It is a poignant scene that I really love and could have used in the book.
Q: Did you visit the set while they were filming the movie? What was that experience like?
A: I went four different times and scheduled the visits to coincide with the shooting of some significant scenes. I loved what I was seeing on both sides of the camera: a lot of dedication to the project. Everyone on the crew felt like they were making something good. It was great to witness.
Book was in very good condition. Very much enjoyed this read. Will look into other books by Michael Connelley in the future.Published 4 days ago by Leah Fowler
Great novel. Twists and turns in every chapter. Very human characters complete with self doubt and misdeeds. Loved it allPublished 4 days ago by Pdave
I truly enjoyed reading this book. It is the type of read that once started its hard to put down and you are sad when it's overPublished 4 days ago by jim bobo
I re-read this book after two years and after finishing the newest Mike Haller book by Connelly. I also watched again the movie of the same name and found both quite OK. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Ladislav Nemec
Really like law thrillers!!! Loved the suspense, and imposing danger!!!
Should be read by anyone who loves mystery and excitement!!!!
But that's generally the case, isn't it? I liked the character development in the book more. I may read some of the others novels this author has written.Published 9 days ago by C. M.
Excellent novel with good character development and storyline. I had previously seen the movie, but the book brought you closer to the characters.Published 11 days ago by Carl Harsch
Loved the turn about and mystery in the book, THEN I ralized that I had seen the movie. Great job on both.Published 22 days ago by rgoff
A few months ago I attempted to watch the movie version of The Lincoln Lawyer. I don't think I made it 15 minutes before my husband nudged me awake. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Nikole Owens