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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Warren Ellis In The Pink Over WGA

Writer Warren Ellis, whose “RED” was basis for the current film, gets a cert in the mail. “Membership of the Guild is a necessity for working with major studio… It wasn’t something I was given a choice in. And there’s a lot about the WGA I’m not thrilled by. That said… I now have this stuck above my desk. There’s a peculiar pleasure in it. When you’re a kid reading about these people, living in a 6′ by 6′ bedsit in the shit end of Essex and eating once a day if you’re lucky, wondering what it was really like to be those people and do those things… it’s an interesting thing, to become one of those people. I like being a member of the WGAw.”

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