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Coben on Hollywood

16 June 2003

'The funny thing is that the more you say no to Hollywood the more it wants you. These guys who had optioned Tell No One called my agent and said, "Well, we're not sure we want Harlan to writer the script for Tell No One... what do you mean he doesn't want to do it, we'll pay him anything!"

'Writers as great as F Scott Fitzgerald and Dashiell Hammett have been burnt by Hollywood - why on earth should I be any different? Anyway, I don't need Hollywood. How much money can a man make or need in a lifetime?'

Harlan Coben in an interview with Paul Connolly in The Times