Quite apart from Glengarry Glen Ross and Wag the Dog being among my favourite movies, what stands David Mamet in such good stead with me is that he still, apparently, uses a manual portable typewriter.
I’m not 100 per cent sure yet what model of typewriter, but by the end of the day I’ll know. One clue was in Mamet’s State and Main, in which Philip Seymour Hoffman played a screenwriter called Joseph Turner White, who used an Olivetti. Yet
screenwriter Todd Alcott, a victim of the little green-eyed monster when it comes to the master, calls Mamet "Mr ‘I only write on a portable Smith-Corona in a cabin heated with a wood fire’ Mamet". And columnist John Baker claims that in the making of Spartan, “Mamet rewrites the movie [on top of a cardboard box], taking cues from his daughters and Val Kilmer, and does so on his Smith-Corona typewriter!” Santa Monica