Does The Public Have A Right To Know About The Private Lives Of Celebrities? by Mark Landsman

Film Courage: Did anyone try to talk you out of making this film?

Mark Landsman, Filmmaker of SCANDALOUS: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer: My accountant.

Film Courage: Okay…aside from your accountant?

Mark: No.

Film Courage: No? No one said “Don’t go down this rabbit hole?”

Mark: No, the opposite. It’s like some things are kind of self-evident. For me I am interested in subjects that are relevant to our world, that are happening now. That have an impact on all of us.

So I was seeing this having a tremendous impact plus I am really interested in the way that the media impacts our lives. I’ve always been really fascinated with that.

Film Courage: Do you think you could have worked for The National Enquirer say 1980’s or 1990’s?

Mark: It’s so funny, when the film premiered [SCANDALOUS: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer] in Los Angeles a few weeks ago a couple of these Enquirer reporters were there on stage with me. One of them leaned over and said Mark would have made an amazing Enquirer report. And Amy Nicholson who was our moderator said Mark would you have been interested in being an Enquirer reporter? And the answer is No. I wouldn’t have. I think that it’s a real Faustian bargain to take that job. You are trading a whole lot…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

SCANDALOUS: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
 

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