Genius movie quotes tell the story of when writer Thomas Wolfe was given his shot at success by book editor Maxwell Perkins. The biographical drama was directed by Michael Grandage using a screenplay John Logan adapted from the book Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg. Genius opened in theaters on June 10, 2016.
In Genius, writer Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) arrives in the New York office of book editor Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth), who had previously worked with Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce), expecting Perkins to reject his book, Look Homeward, Angel. But to Wolfe's surprise, Perkins wanted to inform Wolfe that the book would be published.
What follows is perhaps a bromance between Wolfe and Perkins as the two spent more time with each other, including trying to edit a 5,000-page take on America that Wolfe had written, than they spend with their significant others (Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney), something that impacts all of them in ways they never expected.Genius opened in theaters with other great summer 2016 films including Now You See Me 2, Me Before You, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
What it Means to Be Alive
Thomas Wolfe: You of all people, just so damn scared to live!
Maxwell Perkins: There are other ways to live! God help anyone who loves you, Tom, cause for all your millions of beautiful words, you haven't the slightest idea of what it means to be alive.
What We Editors Lose Sleep Over
Thomas Wolfe: Max thinks he created me. He crippled me! He deformed my work!
F. Scott Fitzgerald: He made all your dreams come true. He gave you a career.
Maxwell Perkins: That's what we editors lose sleep over, you know. Are you really making books better or just making them different?
The Book's Only 100 Pages Shorter
Maxwell Perkins: Two years and the book's only 100 pages shorter.
Thomas Wolfe: I bring you stuff rich, ripe from by gut. You wouldn't do this to Hemingway, to Fitzgerald.
Maxwell Perkins: Stop it!
The Book is 5,000 Pages Long
Louise Saunders: Max tells us you're working on a new book.
Thomas Wolfe: It's about America, all of it.
Thomas Wolfe: I have it, a new book. Bringing it in, guys.
Maxwell Perkins: We can do it.
Thomas Wolfe: How long?
Maxwell Perkins: Nine months, if you resist the temptation to add more.
Thomas Wolfe: I have to be able to add more.
Maxwell Perkins: The book is 5,000 pages long.
Thomas Wolfe: Point taken
Thomas Wolfe: All right, cut, cut, cut, cut