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INTERVIEWS/REVIEWS: Gregg Araki HollywoodNewsWire.net  "Mysterious Skin"  photo
Mysterious Skin
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
May 24, 2005
Gregg Araki and Scott Heim – Mysterious Skin

Q1: Why did you pick this subject?
GA: I made the movie because of the book, which I read in 1995. It was an incredibly powerful experience to read it. I really appreciated the way Scott told this dark and unsettling story, but in a beautiful and poetic way. The book really had a huge emotional impact on me and haunted me for years and I knew if I ever did a movie from a book that this would be it.
SH: I was writing two short stories, one about the Neil character and another about a kid remembering what he thought was a UFO abduction. I realized somewhere along the line that the things people say when discussing a UFO abduction are very similar to what people say when they are under hypnosis or discussing sexual abuse. I realized it was more than just a short story. I had always been afraid of the idea of writing a novel, but I realized this was something bigger so I decided to make these parallel stories. Also, I think I am inter...

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