1. “Blood, Guts, Bullets, and Unproduced Screenplays.” The Real and Incomplete Movies of Joe Carnahan.
“White Jazz is another ’Carnahan Brothers’ joint; the pairing is yet to actually surface onscreen. Carnahan isn’t afraid to sound crass when he says the movie transcends Ellroy. He’ll even go one step further: ’The script is better than that book. My brother and I wrote a hell of a script. It took us a long time and we busted our asses.’ It’s another script, he says, that scares away talent; it’s physically and mentally demanding. Carnahan never spoke to George Clooney before Clooney stepped away from the project and never heard a straight answer from his producer, Grant Heslov, as to why it didn’t work out. Carnahan can only guess. ’They call [lead character Dave Klein] ’The Enforcer.’ I said to George[’s people], ’You’re going to have to build up your neck and almost be like a bull terrier.’ This is not a dig at Clooney at all, but that’s three or four months in the gym, pounding it out to get a very specific look, because you can’t look shredded. That’s not 1958. They were throwing people through windows—that’s how they were building muscle mass.’ Where’s Liam Neeson when you need him?”