So, I have no idea why, but Max has done this interview for ShelbySells that’s very raw and brutally honest and not really about screenwriting so much as about relationships and sex.
Honestly, he’s gotten a lot of shit for it from certain blogs that like to gin up controversy for pageviews. I’m not going to link to it here – meanness is its own karma, and I don’t want to give them the satisfaction.
But anyways, even for Max, the interview is freakishly self-aware, and in some ways admirable for the fact that he doesn’t try to hide or explain away the things he feels bad about having done or that he doesn’t like about himself. It’s a bizarre commitment to viewing himself as a character rather than as a person – he’s just as brutal with himself as he would be with a character – would never allow himself to be viewed two-dimensionally when he could be made three-dimensional. I won’t say everything about t is pleasant, but there’s certainly aspects of it that I think a lot of people can relate to, though I suspect on some level that he’s exaggerating some bad things about himself for dramatic effect. It’s sort of like how he used to talk a lot about being kicked out of various schools – and it was even in Wikipedia until someone, I think he said it was his mother – edited the article and told him to stop saying terrible things about himself.