I’m just gonna come right out and say it – John Milius is the Ernest Hemingway of my generation. A man who tells stories about men for men. A larger-than-life character who’s as well known for his persona as his talent, but not in the stupid way today’s stars are, where it’s all some calculated marketing plan. A gifted writer with a genuine talent for telling compelling stories that turned into some of our most unforgettable films. Hell, the man was the real-life inspiration for The Big Lebowski's Walter Sobchak. You don’t get any more awesome than that.
I love John Milius, and because of that, I’m more excited than anyone to finally get a chance to see Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson’s documentary about the legendary screenwriter and director, simply entitled Milius. Unfortunately, I won’t be at SXSW this week, where the film is set to premiere. If you’re also not lucky enough to be attending the festival, we’ve got the next best thing: the official trailer for the film.
Figueroa and Knutson have talked to some of the biggest names in Hollywood about the legend of John Milius – Scorsese, Spielberg, Schwarzenegger and Harrison Ford amongst them – but the most perfect quote from this entire preview comes from Sam Elliott. He nails the essence of John Milius in one perfect line: “He doesn’t write for pussies, and he doesn’t write for women.” Amen.
Have a peek at the trailer below and bask in the awesomeness that is John Milius. They don’t make them like this guy anymore.