Don Safran
A Conversation with Don Safran
(Co-Executive Producer)

Q: Why is this film called THE GOODBYE GIRL?
A: The obvious answer, of course, is that the men in Paula's life have not treated her well, each moving on. But there is more to read in the title because the goodbyes of her life extend beyond that: her career, the state of her financial security and, most of all, her morale and sense of self.

Q: What are the differences between the original script and contemporary version?
A: The differences in this production lay not so much in the script changes, although Neil Simon has redone lines to fit the times and new actors, but in the style of the production. Compared to the original version, Jeff Daniels, Patricia Heaton and director Richard Benjamin worked in a less theatrical style. This contemporary, street approach resulted in a much stronger romantic and sensual relationship between the pair.

Q: Do you believe conflict is a necessary component of a romantic comedy?
A: Conflict is vital in comedy or drama as it is in any art form, music and painting or beyond. Whether it is Woody Woodpecker, Shakespeare or Jackson Pollock, it is the conflict of emotions that draws in the audience and retains interest.

Q: How would you describe Paula and Elliot's relationship?
A: It's a very uneasy relationship, both wary because of past emotional bruises. However, each sees through the armor, moved by the vulnerabilities of the other. They finally respond in what seems to be the promise of a very happy ever after.

Q: Who would enjoy this film?
A: It is an urban fable that plays to so many emotional levels that is supercedes divisions of audience age, gender or cultural background. One cannot help but sense the honesty in this story, and honest emotions are universal.

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