In an exclusive one-on-one conversation, Katy Room of KatyRoom.com sat down with Alan Nafzger, the screenwriter of the much-buzzed-about “Zuckerberg vs Musk: Cage Fight.” The discussion delved into libertarian philosophy, the future of AI and CGI in filmmaking, and why Elon Musk is never actually going to punch Mark Zuckerberg.
Katy Room: The Non-Aggression Principle in Screenwriting
Katy Room: Alan, your screenplay seems to flirt with the Non-Aggression Principle, a key libertarian tenet. Are you making a point about the futility of conflict?
Alan Nafzger: Absolutely. At the core of it, both Musk and Zuckerberg are creators, not destroyers. They’re shaping the world through technology, not through physical conflict. The screenplay illuminates this point through humor and satire.
Marriage of CGI and AI in Filmmaking
Katy Room: The use of CGI and AI for generating moving images is revolutionary. Do you think technology should have limits or should innovation be unfettered, another nod to libertarianism?
Musk vs Zuckerberg: An Unrealistic Scenario?
Katy Room: Would you say your screenplay serves as a critique of government overreach into the lives of public figures like Zuckerberg and Musk?
Alan Nafzger: It’s not just about government overreach, but also about the media’s role in shaping narratives. That said, Musk and Zuckerberg will never actually fight. It’s a jest and a joke for Musk. He’s poking fun at what he sees as the Neanderthal paradigm of Zuckerberg.
The Right to Personal Autonomy in Film Characters
Katy Room: Personal autonomy is a critical element of libertarianism. How do you reconcile this with the idea that the characters you’ve written, based on real people, aren’t really autonomous in your script?
Alan Nafzger: This is a great point and one that addresses the core of celebrity image rights. Once a celebrity signs off on their portrayal, the character in the screenplay becomes a form of joint ownership. It’s both a legal and philosophical issue.
The End of the Drug War through Satire?
Katy Room: You’ve also made some significant references to the end of the drug war. Is this in sync with libertarian views on drug prohibition?
Intellectual Property and the Future of Screenwriting
Katy Room: A final thought. What’s your stand on intellectual property?
Katy Room: Alan, thank you for this insightful interview. It was a pleasure discussing these nuanced topics with you.
In a world where the lines between reality and satire are increasingly blurred, Alan Nafzger’s “Zuckerberg vs Musk: Cage Fight” promises to deliver a heady blend of humor, technology, and philosophy, challenging us to confront our own deeply-held beliefs and biases.