1. Cameron Crowe didn’t come up with the idea for the film originally, but he
made it his own.
James L. Brooks came up with the idea of a teenage girl dealing
with her criminal father and Lawrence Kasdan (“The Empire Strikes Back”) was
attached as a director. He met Crowe while doing research for “Broadcast News”
and asked Crowe to add a third leg to the script, that of a love interest for
Diane. Crowe based Lloyd on his kickboxing neighbor, but Kasdan realized that
it was more autobiographical than Crowe would admit, and that Crowe should direct