Sorkin to write drama in which at least one person is not fantastically witty
Posted by Ed Williamson at 23:00 on 03 Aug 2013
"It will be set in a provincial elementary school in North Dakota," Sorkin confirmed. "All the teachers and pupils will be whip-smart and talk incredibly quickly, except for Eddie, the PE teacher.
"Whenever engaged in conversation and forced to respond to yet another splendidly cutting zinger, he will look a bit confused, scratch his head for a second, and say, 'Sorry, would you mind repeating that?'
"He also won't possess an all-encompassing knowledge of current affairs, the US Constitution or popular culture, arcane details of which he therefore will not be able to recall at a second's notice and work into a humorous retort even before the other person has finished speaking.
"I mean, the guy's not stupid, he's just a normal human being."
The Oscar-winning screenwriter said all of the above in roughly 1.6 seconds.