The first place that Lawrence Bender saw was the Bronx in New York City. Being born in such a rich cultural environment must have given him an extra dose of creativity, judging from his future endeavors. As he grew up in New Jersey, his parents, both of them educators, instilled in him a good work ethic and the desire to reach for excellence.
Lawrence’s grandfather was a civil engineer and he knew that he could have a lucrative career following in his granddad’s footsteps. He made the decision to do just that in high school and went on to graduate from the University of Maine with a degree in civil engineering in 1979. The direction of his life soon took a turn toward the entertainment industry, first as a ballet dancer then, after an injury, as an actor.
As time went by, Lawrence Bender became interested in being a producer of television fare as well as feature films. Several of the movies that he produced have been nominated for Academy Awards. Good Will Hunting, Inglourious Basterds, and Pulp Fiction are included in that group. An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary featuring former vice president Al Gore raising awareness about climate change, won the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Feature. My favorite movie produced by Lawrence Bender is Good Will Hunting. I am amazed by the way the therapist, played by Robin Williams, is able to help Matt Damon’s character, the young genius, work through his issues while dealing with the immeasurable pain of his own.
Lawrence Bender is active in political and social matters, fighting for causes that he believes in. One of the ways he helps is by fundraising. Because of his dedication, he has received the Torch of Liberty Award from the ACLU. He is on the board of The Creative Coalition as well as the Advisory Board for the ACLU Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
Sean Penn recently sat down with Vogue to talk about his new novel Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. Bob Honey who just do stuff is a dystopian tale about a man in the septic tank business who moonlights as a killer for the American government. Asked about his tour to support the new novel, Sean Penn says he is doing a home stretch of the tour at the moment in L.A. He is also asked if the feeling is different when one finishes a novel vs finishing a film or screenplay. Sean replies that it is different in the sense that a film is a much more team-oriented project. He enjoys the feeling of getting to put forth something that is completely his own creation.
When the interviewer inquires as to why Sean didn’t just write a screenplay, he states that he felt the story needed to be told and he wanted to own the creative process completely on his own and Bob Honey who just do stuff is an example of that. Sean feels that he has reached a placed in his career where he just wants to set his own expectations and not have to fight with the personalities of others. Sean also reveals that this is the art form he plans to work in for the foreseeable future and he has another book well in the works. Sean has nothing in the future works at the moment as far as film, but he won’t say he is out of the business altogether. He does admit there is a movie possibility out there that he wants to direct. Sean’s book has been compared to a number of famous writers and he had some interesting points about this. He states that if somebody is a major influence on you, you often become influenced by them to find your own voice. He is happy to be compared to other great writers of the past.
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Lawrence Bender is an Academy Award-winning American producer famous for such popular movies as Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, An Inconvenient Truth, and The Mexican. He was born in the Bronx, New York. Lawrence Bender grew up in New Jersey and graduated from the University of Maine in 1979. With a degree in civil engineering, Bender entered the film business by working as a grip on the television series Tales from the Darkside. He then went on to produce his own films starting in the late 1980s.
His movies have been nominated for 29 Academy Awards. Three of these films, Good Will Hunting, Inglourious Basterds, and Pulp Fiction, were nominated for Best Picture.
My favorite movie by Lawrence Bender is The Mexican. While this movie is sometimes overlooked in relation to his other work, it is a funny and exciting crime comedy. Brad Pitt gives an entertaining comedic performance as Jerry Welbach, a hapless member of the mob whose girlfriend Samantha (Julia Roberts) wants him to get out of the business. His boss gives him an assignment to steal an antique pistol called “The Mexican.” When he decides to take the job, his girlfriend throws him out.
It isn’t that difficult to find the gun, but getting the gun back involves many near-misses, shootouts, and comic mishaps. One memorable scene involves Jerry on a donkey.
While Jerry is in Mexico, Samantha is kidnapped by hitman Leroy, played by James Gandolfini. The scenes with Samantha and Leroy are even funnier than those with Jerry.
The movie is uneven at times, but the weird mashup of romantic comedy and crime movie make for an entertaining experience. The movie is quite violent, though not on the same scale as a Quentin Tarantino film. Lawrence Bender has been Tarantino’s business partner and worked on many of his films. If you are looking for an underappreciated mob comedy and don’t mind a violent film, The Mexican might be for you.
A great actor, who starred in many masterpieces throughout his life, has passed away this week. Christopher Lee left this world on June 7, 2015 while hospitalized in London. The Dracula and Lord of the Rings Trilogy star was 93 years old. His acting career started 60 years ago during the 12940’s and he stayed in the industry for his whole life.
So many fans of these two films will be very sad to see him go. According to Brian Torchin, Sir Christopher Lee was also a star of Star Wars, which has millions of die hard fans worldwide. His ability to delve deep into fantasy and science fiction roles made him a rare commodity in the film industry. Many of his accomplishments are highlighted in a recent article from The Guardian.
Each person has his or her time when they move on to the other side. Unfortunately, this actor’s time has come, but he will live on forever in his movies, television roles, and in our hearts.