Screenwriter and director Lawrence Kasdan has been nominated for four Academy Awards and has written some of the highest-grossing films in Hollywood history, including “The Bodyguard,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” But Kasdan is best known to some for “The Big Chill” and “Grand Canyon,” the first two thirds of his “Boomer Trilogy.”
Now the final installment, “Darling Companion” is being released. The film is about a long-married couple, Beth and Joseph Winter (played by Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline) who have forgotten why they married. He’s a successful but self-involved surgeon (according to her) and she’s high strung and overly emotional (according to him). In the movie Beth rescues an injured a mutt from the side of a Denver highway, but Joseph then loses the dog while the family celebrates a daughter’s wedding at their mountaintop vacation home. In the search for the pooch the couple ultimately find themselves, as well. Kasdan spoke to The Arty Semite about the state of Hollywood, growing up Jewish in West Virginia and winning an award for a non-kosher ad.
Curt Schleier: “Darling Companion” is kind of a throwback film, with no fast food tie-in characters and no CGI special effects. Is it still possible to get films like that produced?