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“I went to the wrong place at the right time”: Legendary Director William Friedkin Landed Up in the Film Business By Accident After Going To the Wrong Address

Legendary Director William Friedkin Landed Up in the Film Business By Accident After Going To the Wrong Address

Legendary filmmaker William Friedkin, known for movies like The French Connection and The Exorcist, is known to have a lasting impact on the entertainment industry. Following his decades-long journey, the Oscar-winning filmmaker passed away on August 7, 2023. He is known for his iconic work in Hollywood and for being critical of his own movies. One of his most popular movies is also considered to be the 1973 supernatural horror film The Exorcist.

William Friedkin
Legendary filmmaker William Friedkin

Based on a novel of the same name the movie was a superhit at the time and many critics have also described it as one of the greatest horror movies of all time. However, while promoting his 1973 film, the filmmaker revealed that he got into the show business after he got in the wrong building.

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William Friedkin Shared How He Got in Film Business

While promoting his Oscar-winning film The Exorcist, William Friedkin talked about how he landed a tremendous career in filmmaking. When asked how he manages to get his hands on “unusual scripts,” the director said that everything happens by “osmosis in terms of fate.”

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William Friedkin on the set of The French Connection (1971)
William Friedkin on the set of The French Connection (1971)

He also shared his belief that “fate controls our destinies.” Further explaining, the filmmaker said that he got into filmmaking by accident. He shared that he applied for a job, but he ended up at the wrong address, where he got a job in the mailroom of a TV station. “I went to the wrong place at the right time,” he said during the interview.

Friedkin shared that his journey to filmmaking started from that mailroom as he worked his way up to become a live TV director. During the same interview, the late filmmaker also said that he initially wanted to become a basketball player. Further into the interview, he also shared that the 1941 drama Citizen Kane served as an inspiration for him to pursue a filmmaking career.

William Friedkin
William Friedkin

He contradicted his earlier statement by saying that he answered an advertisement in a newspaper that said that the applicant can work their “way up into the communication field.” The Good Times director shared that he worked for about a year in the mailroom before he got the opportunity to direct a live show.


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Trailer of William Friedkin’s Final Film Unveiled

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial will be the final film of late director William Friedkin and is set to release in October this year. The legal drama is based on Herman Wouk’s 1953 play of the same name. The filmmaker wrote and directed the adaptation, which takes place entirely in a courtroom.

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

The movie follows the trial of a U.S. naval first officer for orchestrating a mutiny against his captain. Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Clarke, Monica Raymund, and the late actor Lance Reddick, it premiered at the 80th Venice Film Festival earlier this month and is set to release on Paramount+ and Showtime on October 6, 2023, and October 8, 2023, respectively.

Guillermo Del Toro, who served as an assistant director for the film, has asked for the theatrical release of the movie. He took to X(Twitter) to share that he wishes The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial to have a theatrical release, as it is Friedkin’s final film. “No matter if it is a limited one. Just respect for a master,” he said in his tweet.

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial is set to premiere on Paramount+ on October 6, 2023.

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