Other than the title, there is no resemblance between this movie and Brown's hit nonfiction book. Hoffman wrote the story, but it was Heller's agreeing to write the script that convinced Fonda to join the cast after initally declining a lucrative offer and the chance to play comedy
following a long hiatus from that form. (Fonda's favorite book was Heller's Catch-22
--perhaps because Heller wrote that one of his characters, "Major Major," looked like Fonda.) Curtis works as an editor for a scandal magazine run by Horton, who says that he wants to make his publication "the most
disgusting scandal sheet the mind can recall." Curtis notes that psychologist Wood, ...