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In 1970, Lerner made his film debut in "Alex in Wonderland". He then went on to appear in supporting roles in various Hollywood movies such as "The Candidate", "St. Ives" and the 1981 remake of "The Postman Always Rings Twice". In 1991, after co-starring in "Harlem Nights", Lerner played film producer
in "Barton Fink", for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Lerner's Academy Award-nominated character of studio mogul
is a composite of several Hollywood producers, including Harry Cohn, Louis B. Mayer, and Jack L. Warner – three of the most powerful men in the film industry at the time in which "Barton Fink" is set. Like Mayer, Lipnick is originally from the Belarusian capital city Minsk. When World War II broke out, Warner pressed for a position in the military and ordered his wardrobe department to create a military uniform for him; Lipnick does the same in his final scene. Warner once referred to writers as "schmucks with Underwoods", leading to Barton's use in the film of an Underwood typewriter.
Several of the film's elements, including the setting at the start of World War II, have led some critics to highlight parallels to the rise of fascism at the time. For example, the detectives who visit Barton at the Hotel Earle are named "Mastrionatti" and "Deutsch" – Italian and German names, evocative of the regimes of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. Their contempt for Barton is clear: "Fink. That's a Jewish name, isn't it? ... I didn't think this dump was restricted." Later, just before killing his last victim, Charlie says: "Heil Hitler".
hails originally from the Belarusian capital city Minsk, which was occupied from 1941 by the Nazis, following Operation Barbarossa.
He was offered the role of Lou Breeze in their next film "Barton Fink" (1991), in a role which was written especially for him. Again he turned down the Coens offer saying he wanted to play the part of movie producer
. Actress Frances McDormand persuaded him to take the role saying it would change his career. He later appeared in "The Hudsucker Proxy" (1994) as an eccentric businessman, "The Big Lebowski" (1998) as a private detective and finally in 2001 as a flirtatious salesman in "The Man Who Wasn't There".
In his first meeting with Capitol Pictures boss
, Barton explains that he chose the Earle because he wants lodging that is (as Lipnick says) "less Hollywood". Lipnick promises that his only concern is Barton's writing ability and assigns his new employee to a wrestling film. Back in his room, however, Barton is unable to write. He is distracted by sounds coming from the room next door, and he phones the front desk to complain. His neighbor, Charlie Meadows, is the source of the noise and visits Barton to apologize, insisting on sharing some alcohol from a hip flask to make amends. As they talk, Barton proclaims his affection for "the common man", and Charlie describes his life as an insurance salesman. Later, Barton falls asleep, but is awakened by the incessant whine of a mosquito.
There is a sharp contrast between Fink's living quarters and the polished, pristine environs of Hollywood, especially the home of
. The spooky, inexplicably empty feel of the Hotel Earle was central to the Coens' conception of the movie. "We wanted an art deco stylization", Joel explained in a 1991 interview, "and a place that was falling into ruin after having seen better days". Barton's room is sparsely furnished with two large windows facing another building. The Coens later described the hotel as a "ghost ship floating adrift, where you notice signs of the presence of other passengers, without ever laying eyes on any". In the movie, residents' shoes are an indication of this unseen presence; another rare sign of other inhabitants is the sound from adjacent rooms. Joel said: "You can imagine it peopled by failed commercial travelers, with pathetic sex lives, who cry alone in their rooms".
Barton does not believe Hollywood offers the same opportunity. In the film, Los Angeles is a world of false fronts and phony people. This is evident in an early line of the screenplay (filmed, but not included in the theatrical release); while informing Barton of Capitol Pictures' offer, his agent tells him: "I'm only asking that your decision be informed by a little realism – if I can use that word and Hollywood in the same breath". Later, as Barton tries to explain why he's staying at the Earle, studio head
finishes his sentence, recognizing that Barton wants a place that is "less Hollywood". The assumption is that Hollywood is fake and the Earle is genuine. Producer Ben Geisler takes Barton to lunch at a restaurant featuring a mural of the "New York Cafe", a sign of Hollywood's effort to replicate the authenticity of the East Coast. Lipnick's initial overwhelming exuberance is also a façade. Although he begins by telling Barton: "The writer is king here at Capitol Pictures", in the penultimate scene he insists: "If your opinion mattered, then I guess I'd resign and let "you" run the studio. It doesn't, and you won't, and the lunatics are not going to run "this" particular asylum".
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