The Words, a thriller set for release Friday, is about a young novelist whose popularity is growing. He has a problem with it, though. No, it’s not that he’s a virtual hermit and can’t face the outside world. It’s a little more uncomfortable than that. He didn’t write the novel that has the critics going ga-ga. That must be a fancy way of saying he plagiarized. And that seems like a modern problem. The movie trailers seem to hint that the past is involved, too. Here’s a gander at some trivia involving the cast members of this movie and the general theme of stealing another’s words.
1. Bradley Cooper stars as Rory Jansen, the young writer in The Words, who has a major problem with his next Great American Novel. Cooper the actor has said in interviews that a film that is based on the true story of a magazine editor is one of his favorite movies. Which film is that?
A. The Devil Wears Prada
B. Sex and the City
C. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
D. The People vs. Larry Flynt
2. Dan Brown, author of The DaVinci Code, has been accused by several authors of plagiarism, with the accusers losing out in the court cases and on appeal. What other author of popular books accused of plagiarism has had an original work made into a box-office-successful Hollywood movie?
A. Stephen Ambrose
B. Doris Kearns Goodwin
C. Alex Haley
D. Stephenie Meyer
3. Bradley Cooper’s co-star in the new movie, Jeremy Irons, has had a recent run as a member of a cunning family in the Showtime history series The Borgias. He is a classically trained English stage actor. His first major film role was in which movie?
C. The French Lieutenant’s Woman
D. Swann in Love
4. Dennis Quaid also stars in The Words. Quaid previously was in a movie about a successful hometown boy, adored on the college football field, who went on to the NFL, where he was overwhelmed by what awaited him there, though “faking it” was not part of the story line. What is the title of that film?
A. Tough Enough
B. Something to Talk About
C. Everybody’s All-American
D. Any Given Sunday
5. There is a movie based on a novel by a popular author that has as its basis a retreat by an author so he can get some writing done while free of distractions from the outside world. Problem is, the past distracts him. Which film is it?
A. The Shining
D. Through a Glass Darkly