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Oscars 2015: Director Alejandro G. Inarritu sees the 'Birdman' in us all
Oscars 2015: Director Alejandro G. Inarritu sees the 'Birdman' in us all

Some writers say they don't set out to make a statement but to ask a question. For Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director and co-writer of "Birdman," there were plenty of questions — about ego and id, self-worth, purpose and identity — just not the kind usually found in a fast-paced backstage comedy. "What is the meaning of all this? Why am I doing what I'm doing? I'm always looking for something that will in some way electrify me with joy," he says. "It's a relentless question. That's what drives me and where I relate to this guy." In "Birdman," "this guy" is protagonist Riggan Thomson,...

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