[Pitch meeting for FIRST REFORMED]
PAUL SCHRADER: Yeah, so the main character is a reverend, flawed, tormented by his past, but seeking to do good, and to help some members of his church that are struggling with their place in the world.
EXEC: oh, that sounds great, audiences should really connect. Obviously, that means no viciously misanthropic ranting or baroque nihilism in the voiceover, right?
SCHRADER [sweating, fumbling with screenplay pages]: ah, yes, no. Right. Absolutely. Yes.