The “You are not J.R.R. Tolkien” rule of screenwriting

Dearest screenwriters: If you are thinking of giving two characters very similar names, please heed my “You are not J.R.R. Tolkien” Rule:

J.R.R. Tolkien can name two separate villains SARUMAN and SAURON, which is a horrible idea, only because he’s J.R.R. Tolkien. You can’t because you’re not.

-Dan Calvisi

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1 reply
  1. DJ Euphoria
    DJ Euphoria says:

    It seems like a no-brainer. Along those same lines, I wish casting directors would refrain from placing little known actors who look alike in multi-character ensembles.


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