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“I think I am a late bloomer,” says Errol Morris. “I think I’m getting less in my own way.”
Morris is a Boston institution and a national treasure for the nine documentaries he has made during the past 30 years, but at the moment he is busier than he has ever been. Morris has published two books in the last three years and is putting the finishing touches on his documentary about former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, to be released this year. His essays on history, imagery, evidence, and the knowability of facts spill onto the New York Times website and on Slate.com. He has signed up to direct not one, but two fictional feature films, and his sideline making commercials — 30 to 40 shoot days a year — has never been more profitable.
For all that, the most important thing Morris may do this year is to put his name on another man’s movie.