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On Theater and Magic: David Mamet and Ricky Jay at Largo Last Week

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To say that David Mamet is a polarizing figure in Hollywood is an understatement--like when Google says that it'll take 20 minutes to get from Koreatown to Santa Monica on most given afternoons.

After Thursday night at Largo, which was ostensibly for Mamet to promote two new books (Theatre and The Trials of Roderick Spode ["The Human Ant"], he's probably not going to shake that rep. He was brutally opinionated--and just like many of his characters--peppered his remarks with a colorful four-letter word to describe certain people he's met through the years. How about this gem? When Martin Scorsese asked Mamet to rework a script, he recalled, "I told Scorcese to go f-ck himself...he took it the wrong way." The pro-Mamet audience that packed Largo that night ate up every word.