By EW Staff
February 07, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST
Stolen Summer: James Bridges
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Even the most casual viewer of ”Project Greenlight” — the HBO show that follows contest winner Jones as he stumbles through his debut feature — knows that his 25-day shoot was rife with problems. But Jones and his cast insist the series accentuated the negative: ”There was a lot of laughter, and we did make mistakes, but we really enjoyed ourselves,” he says. ”They don’t show that.” What they do show is Jones, whose previous on-set experience included gofer work on ”Primary Colors,” filming the story of two Chicago kids — one Jewish, one Catholic — trying to make sense of their religions during the summer of ’76. Though Miramax budgeted the film at $1 million, Jones and producers Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Chris Moore pushed for more — and got another $500,000. Jones says that at Sundance, studio co-chief Harvey Weinstein told him, ”’I can’t believe you were a baby on the million dollars I gave you!’ And he put his arm around me and said, ‘Good job. That’s what good directors do. They fight for everything.”’ But would Quinn — who plays a fireman dad — fight to take part again? ”If it was a role as good as this,” he says. ”And if they paid me for a change.”

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