Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Directors: Gary Ross
Ross came to fame as the writer of the enormous Tom Hanks film Big-- ever genial, a bit absurd in its fantastic flights of fancy, but a generous crowd pleaser. The film opened in 1988 and earned Ross an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Following this big break came Mr. Baseball (1992)- a middling Tom Selleck sports comedy, and a second writing Oscar nod for Dave (1993), the infectious mistaken identity comedy starring Kevin Kline (in one the actors absolute beauts of a performance.) Already clearly expressed in Ross, the screenwriter, was a sort of throwback to generous, gentle screwball comedies of the past, one with a nod for satire and a smidgen of biting truisms, but inoffensive and witty.