““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
Remembering Sydney Pollack
Legendary film director Sydney Pollack, who died of cancer on May 26 at age 73, was the subject of a December 2005 cover story in Business Jet Traveler. Pollack-whose credits include The Way We Were, Tootsie and the seven-Oscar-winning Out of Africa-wound up in our pages because he owned a Cessna Citation X and ostensibly loved flying privately as much as he loved moviemaking. In fact, he had a pilot's license for decades; and he told us that if he'd failed in movies, he would have opted for a career in aviation, probably as a charter pilot.
"There's something primal and primitive about [flying]," he said, "because you feel like you're entering territory that human beings aren't really meant to be in-it's for the birds. So you feel super privileged.
"One side [of the brain] is satisfied by doing a precise job of navigating from one part of the globe to another through weather and regulations and all that," he added. "The other side of your brain gets the same thrill you get from dancing or trapeze flying or roller-coaster riding." -Jeff Burger