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‘Problem’ pitch memorable for Dugan

Filmmaker recalls favorite moment

Dugan reminisces about his favorite moment as a filmmaker

“I had a chance to market my wares on ‘Problem Child,’ which started my career in movies. I’d never pitched a movie before and didn’t really know how. I had one night to prepare. So I prepped, and the next day I went into the black tower at Universal and sat with all these guys in suits in Casey Silver’s office. I tell them, ‘This kid is like every kid’s dream: He does things they wanna do, but can’t do.’ He had this great big, thick wooden coffee table. Caught up in the moment, I got up and walked onto the middle of it, kicking magazines out of the way. They’re all looking at me like I’m insane. I go, ‘See, I’ve never been in the president’s office before, I don’t know what the protocol is. This kid, from the movie, will get up on the coffee table to shock everyone, and they’ll all think it’s so cool he didn’t care. That’s the kid. That’s the movie.’ And, I left. That afternoon I get a call: ‘Hey, it’s Casey Silver. Well, you got up on my desk, and you’ve got the movie.’ ”

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