I wanted to make sure that the man who found the genie would not take terrible advantage of her, so he needed to be a person of integrity and honor – which is why I made the male lead an astronaut. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Deep South has a completely different history, both good and bad, that is fascinating for everybody. It makes people work together who usually don’t, and that sounds like a cliche in so many ways, but it actually happened… and it happened because of a beautiful idea.
I don’t want to go negative on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but he didn’t pass an economic deal in the first 100 days. We have passed the largest Recovery Act in the history of the country.