I saw an interview with Danny Devito talking about, among other things, Get Shorty. He said the movie was about confidence.
That made me want to check it out.
Devito's character in the movie was not very impressive. Maybe that was the point. Travolta, now, he was great. His character was riveting.
I don't know if it was because the acting was so great. I can't really think of a particularly dramatic moment for him.
It's just he was so active, he did so many amazing things. Chili Palmer, nobody got in his way. He got the stuff done.
Confidence. Well maybe. Is that what it takes to get things done? Interesting that Devito, a movie star, would choose that aspect to focus in on.
I think it might be something else.
In the movie itself, Palmer says that he would not go about business the way Zimm did. He wouldn't go through his shrink's other client, who happens to be the personal trainer of the great movie star.
He says he would just go ask him.
Of course, for Palmer, little barriers like walls and locked doors are trivial.
I don't know how attuned he was to psychological barriers. Not so much, I would think. But he never had to encounter any in the movie. Weir, the coveted star, just faded before his direct approach.
The movie put the film industry and organized crime in the same category. Position, territory, it seemed like it was all the same things but different titles.