THE WRITER: Successful playwright Barton Fink (John Turturro) is brought to Hollywood to become a screenwriter on a “wrestling movie.”
THE WRITERLY SITUATION: Writing is an inherently lonely profession, so it’s important for writers to have friend to maintain contact with the outside world. Plus, companions make excellent social comfort, proofreaders, and sources of art-inspiring experiences.
THE DANGER: Barton Fink would make any writer think twice about who they befriend. When Barton has a friendly drink with Charlie Meadows (John Goodman), he couldn’t possibly have known the man would turn out to be a serial killer who kills Barton’s lover dead in his bed, sets the hotel he’s in on fire, and most likely murdered his parents.