Self/ less Body Dou­ble

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Death is the only part of life that af­fects and judges ev­ery­one equally, re­gard­less of achieve­ment and power. But how hard must it be for some­one who has the world at their fin­ger­tips to ac­cept the same fate as the rest of us? What if there was a way to cheat death, for those few able and will­ing to pay the price?

These were the ques­tions that inspired the mak­ers of Self/ less, in which a dy­ing bil­lion­aire with ev­ery­thing to live for uses all of his worldly re­sources to pro­long his life, with hor­rific re­sults. “The in­spi­ra­tion for the story came from watch­ing those Ap­ple pre­sen­ta­tions that Steve Jobs used to do in the years be­fore he died,” says Àlex Pas­tor, who co- wrote the Self/ less script with brother and writ­ing part­ner David Pas­tor. “The press kept re­port­ing on his bat­tle with can­cer. So we thought: here’s this man, he’s on top of the world, bril­liant, in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful, and wealthy, and yet he’s run­ning out of time, and his money can’t save him. So this sparked a provoca­tive se­ries of ques­tions for us: what if this was a world where your money could ac­tu­ally save you; a world where, un­der the right cir­cum­stances, an av­er­age Joe would trade places with him?”

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