When he says about his band "we're big in Belgium," it was an ironic joke at the time.But then in more deep irony it became a worldwide event.Plus, my idea at the time was to keep doing stories that aged up as I aged up.
There are some plaques around the hotel – "Marilyn Monroe sat here in the sand" – stuff like that.
Right after us, Nora Ephron came in with Sleepless in Seattle and within 18 months, there were plaques in town that said, "Sleepless in Seattle was filmed here!
You put a bunch of actors around a sofa and because you've sort of lived life with them, it feels like you're on the sofa with them. The story allows you to know enough about them that you would say, "Hmmm, I think I would spend more time with Colin, but I really love Emma …" And if you're a lonely person, which I think most writers are, this is a wonderful place to disappear into when you're writing or making a movie.
There's that feeling of "I'm not alone in the world" that movies about a group of characters can give you.
And I loved the idea of this world happening in Seattle.