chapter  21
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Producers and producing

WithDaniel Harlow

There is a great story from When We Were Kings, a documentary about the 1974 fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. It’s not a story about making a film but it might as well have been. Putting on a fight turns out to be similar to making a film in that you need money to get the talent to put on a boxing match just like you need money for talent to make a film. Famed sports writer, Thomas Hauser, looked right into the camera and told a story about how Don King brought the fight together. People wanted to see the fight. No one could arrange it. How would Don King put it all together?