After working on fifteen film projects and a television pilot, the screenwriter Jack Olsen saw his fee rise to $300,000 per script. He had a nice home, a Jaguar XK8 and a good agent. Despite his success, however, Olsen -- thanks to a variety of studio reversals and regime changes -- had not (as of 2004) had any of his projects produced.
One day an interviewer (GQ's Robert Moritz), visiting Olsen to discuss his craft, learned that his predicament was not uncommon in Hollywood. Indeed, Moritz was amused to find a license-plate holder on Olsen's car: "Those whom the Gods destroy," it read, "they first send to work in Los Angeles!"