David Guzman

Hello Ethan. I am your brother Joel. I am the other half of the Coen Brothers, with you. Over the years, we have directed many films together, such as Fargo, No Country For Old Men, The Big Lebowski, and the others. 

Usually, we are brothers who direct movies together. “The Amazing Directing Coen Brothers!” the papers would say when a film of ours would be released (except when we directed The Ladykillers).

But there is a movie out now called MacBeth. Like so many movies, we did not direct MacBeth together. But that doesn’t mean that neither of us directed MacBeth. Actually, one of us did. It was me. And it was only me that directed MacBeth. By myself. And for that, I am sorry. 

I’ve thought long and hard about how I would break this news to you. “Would he remember he wasn’t on set with me when I directed Denzel Washington to be Shakespearean? Would he know that he never said ‘Cameraman, start the black and white?’ (MacBeth was filmed in glorious but stated black and white.) Would I have to break it to him that he couldn’t have told Woody Harrelson to channel his inner MacDuff, because Woody did not play MacDuff?”

You are right not to remember any one of those damn things. 

So I tell you now, before this goes any further: I directed MacBeth alone. And it was so weird, doing that. 

Let’s direct the next MacBeth together. Like brothers should. Like… Coen Brothers should.

Beware of scammers. Scammers will trick you into doing something you think you’re supposed to do but is actually a lie. A scammer will come to your door and say you are qualified for Social Security and you say “No, I’m not. I’m not elderly.” 

And they say “Yes, you are 164 years old, you should’ve been getting Social Security checks for the last 100 years. Fill out this paperwork and give it back to me.”

“Wow, time really flies,” you say as you fill out all of your internet passwords and credit card info onto the form. What a scam. 

Or someone says he’s from the electric company and tells you the hoses that give you power aren’t working. You flip the light switch on and off and you show him it’s working fine. He says “No: when you flip the light switch down? Then you have no light? That means you’re only getting half the electricity.” 

Then while you’re napping in the next room over, and he’s supposed to be unclogging your power hoses, he robs you. What a scam!

Or some kid, using a comb he stole from your house to pretend he has an adult mustache, makes you think your office at work is actually a dunk booth. Well you don’t want to risk getting wet because of how much that usually burns, so you hightail it out of there. Now the kid takes over your job, and your Social Security payments! What a scam.

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