Told not to speak to or look directly at anyone
In a historic moment for Hollywood writers, Oscar-winning scribe Akiva Goldsman has revealed he was allowed on set of the recently-wrapped film Angels & Demons for more than six minutes, breaking the previous mark of five held by Joe Eszterhas on the 1992 set of Basic Instinct.
“It was the most wonderful 384 seconds of my life,” said Goldsman, who was asked to leave the production area after he accidentally smiled at Tom Hanks. “Did you know they have entire tables stocked with free food? You can eat as many mini candy bars as you want! It was so exciting!”
The 46-year-old writer was also overjoyed at the fact that someone finally remembered to put his name on a list.
“I can’t tell you how many premieres I’ve showed up to, only to be turned away because my agent wasn’t able to get me tickets,” he said. “But I can’t complain. So many writers never even make it this far…maybe someday I’ll be able to have creative input during filming.”
When asked why he decided to let Goldsman visit the film’s set, director Ron Howard was diplomatic.
“I just figured it couldn’t hurt,” he said. “It’s not like anyone was going to recognize him.”