Greg Kinnear Talks to NPR about his New Movie Flash of Genius

Posted by Kendall Harmon

In "Flash of Genius," Greg Kinnear plays Robert Kearns, a professor who invented intermittent windshield wipers. Based on a true story, Kearns claimed that Detroit automakers stole his idea and sued them in a long, drawn-out battle. Host Liane Hansen chats with Kinnear about his movie.

I caught this yesterday in the car and it made me really want to see the movie--listen and see what you think.

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Posted September 29, 2008 at 11:16 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. The_Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

I am interested to see how this movie goes over with the viewing public. It looks interesting, but the entire movie is about a wind shield wiper. That seems a rather benign premise for a movie.

September 29, 11:18 am | [comment link]
2. Chris wrote:

it looks to me like it’s about greed, dishonesty etc. (I’m not commenting on its accuracy however since I don’t know enough about it).

September 29, 11:22 am | [comment link]
3. Hakkatan wrote:

I saw the preview of it a few weeks ago - it is about greed, dishonesty, and the power of corporations to take advantage of their size and power.  A man makes an invention, tries to get a car company interested - and they steal his idea. 

Capitalism has brought us many benefits - but it is far from sin-free.

September 29, 12:06 pm | [comment link]
4. Jeffersonian wrote:

Capitalism has brought us many benefits - but it is far from sin-free.

This is a bizarre comment, given that it’s capitalism that respects property rights, including intellectual property…the focus of this movie.  Plop Kearns down into a socialist system and his invention isn’t even going to be considered his, but will be expropriated as a matter of course in the name of the greater good.  He wouldn’t even get the chance to sue.

September 29, 1:58 pm | [comment link]
5. Jeremy Bonner wrote:


Surely its more the case that some capitalists respect some property rights some of the time. It all depends on context and institutional and ethical constraints.

September 29, 2:45 pm | [comment link]
6. Jeremy Bonner wrote:

And yes, “its” should be “it’s.”

September 29, 2:46 pm | [comment link]
7. Jeffersonian wrote:

Jeremy, I understand your point but that’s not a problem with capitalism, but human nature.  The free market system is the only one that even recognizes the inventor’s right to his invention.  Socialism in its many flavors institutionalizes the very thing everyone claims to be opposed to.

September 29, 2:50 pm | [comment link]
8. The_Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

Well, I think someone said it best by describing capitalism as the worst possible economic system except for all the others.

September 29, 2:52 pm | [comment link]
9. montanan wrote:

Archer of the Forest - I believe it was democracy which was described as “the worst possible form of government, except for all the others” - an unattributed quote made by Sir W. Churchill.

September 30, 12:43 am | [comment link]
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