Savage was actually my first script, begun
in 1987. I asked myself: What if Travis Bickle were a hit man for the mob? When
I set pen to paper – I actually used a pen and paper since I didn’t know how to
type – Charlie, the lead, emerged as a lonely kid more like the sort that
might shoot up a high school than like Robert DeNiro’s fierce
original title (scrapped when
Savage enjoyed a staged reading in Los Angeles, but has never been filmed.