Twenty Years in the Making

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McConaughey lost 40 pounds to play the role of a man with AIDS.
Probably I won’t see many of the films up for the Golden Globe Awards, but I kinda watched the presentations on Sunday evening.
Several of the stars I wanted to win, like Tom Hanks for “Captain Phillips,” were left sitting on their chairs, instead of racing to the platform. But when Matthew McConaughey’s name rang out, I watched him.
Wow, his first major award. He looked like a little kid receiving his first bicycle. But what stood out to me the most is the opening of his acceptance speech.
Of the film McConaughey said “This film took 20 years to get made. People declined to make it 86 times. We got together with a group of people who laid skin on the ground. That was one thing. A year later, it’s living. It’s very present. And I’m standing up here with a Golden Globe. That’s incredibly rewarding.”
When any of our writers talk about rejection, we need to read McConaughey’s statement again.
THIS FILM TOOK TWENTY YEARS TO GET MADE.
PEOPLE DECLINED TO MAKE IT 86 TIMES.
 I’m printing the above and pasting it to my desk. I know we are looking at the years to produce a film, but what about our years in publishing a book—I’m glad McConaughey shared that information, it’s a great reminder of the dedication of writers, producers and the actors, too.
Kat Crawford

Kat Crawford

Katherine J. Crawford, author of Capsules of Hope: Survival Guide for Caregivers, is published in sixteen compilations and numerous articles. Known as the Lionhearted Kat, she resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Visit Kat’s website lionheartedkat.com.Read her journal through breast cancer and the loss of her husband: www.caringgiver/visit/org.
Kat Crawford

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