Celebrity Greenman

Q: [When picking celebrities to integrate into your reworkings of Chekhov stories, in Celebrity Chekhov,] did you find yourself matching the star to the story or the other way around?

A: Both happened. Sometimes a story would attach itself to an event. Sometimes an event would beg for a celebrity, and I’d have to go in search of one. Luckily, celebrities make spectacles of themselves all the time. When Tiger Woods experienced the Unpleasantness(tm), I went looking for a story about straying husbands. But when Mel Gibson went nuts, there was already a story in my mind that fit him perfectly.

More of the same—and of different, natch–in our Ben Greenman interview, up now.