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Scott Rudin is an American producer of films such as There Will be Blood and No Country for Old Men. He has won four major honors: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
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In 2004 he left Paramount and collaborated with Disney on the movie M. Night Shyalaman's The Village. Rudin's dual Oscar nominations took place in 2007 with There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men, the latter which won the award for best picture.
Rudin's streak of hit films continued with The Social Network and True Grit followed by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). His success carried on the next year with his Grammy win for producing the 2012 best musical theater album for Book of Mormon. Rudin is only one of 14 people to have received the four major entertainment honors—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. For his work on Captain Phillips (2013), he gained another Oscar nomination in 2014 for best picture.
With his zeal for working non-stop, there's little time for personal relationships for Rudin, who is openly gay. He is known in the entertainment industry for both his intelligence and his bad behavior, and the turnover rate for his assistants is notoriously high, due to his demanding and sometimes extreme behavior. Rudin reportedly requires his assistants to line up calls continuously, one after the other, so no time is wasted, lest they face his wrath should there be a gap between calls.
Rudin is also known as one to break the rules, as he has admitted to parking in handicapped spots on the Paramount lot. He rationalized, "I loosely interpreted handicapped as covering emotionally handicapped in addition to physically." The practice only ended when guards, frustrated at Rudin's continual defiance, called Los Angeles police who issued him three $330 tickets.
Rudin's frustration has at times turned physical, including during an incident in which he broke the windshield of his. He stated, "I once threw the phone into my windshield when I was on the phone with Jodie Foster. It was her telling me she wanted to cast Harry Connick in Little Man Tate and me saying, 'Not without a test you're not.' I don't want to be told who's going to be in a movie I'm producing."
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