While it’s really hard to do at the same time I’m escaping my body which I really want to do. I’m living someone else’s life. I get very intensely into the story into the interviews and the research. I’m experiencing things along with my subjects. I have a freedom I don’t have in my physical life.
Louie and Seabiscuit were both Californians and both on the sports pages in the 1930s. I was fascinated. When I learned about his World War II experiences I thought ‘If this guy is still alive I want to meet him.’
It only worked for a little while the morning after I agreed to go with Universal an article came out in the Hollywood trade papers and the secret was out.
I’m looking for a way out of here. I can’t have it physically so I’m going to have it intellectually. It was a beautiful thing to ride Seabiscuit in my imagination. And it’s just fantastic to be there alongside Louie as he’s breaking the NCAA mile record. People at these vigorous moments in their lives – it’s my way of living vicariously.
I am disabled so I can’t travel and I have not been to any development meetings but Gary and the others affiliated with the film keep me updated on everything.
I am actually in poor health due to chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome and my ability to work is greatly diminished right now so I have to get better before I can start another big project.
Fatigue is what we experience but it is what a match is to an atomic bomb.