It has taken Charles Webb 40 years to write a sequel to ‘The Graduate’. He made no money from the film, has sunk into the deepest poverty and now lives in a hotel in Eastbourne. ‘I wouldn’t have had it any other way,’ he tells John Preston
Sometime in the mid-1970s, several years after he wrote The Graduate and gave away all his possessions, Charles Webb was working as a clerk in a branch of Kmart.
One day he noticed that there was a new product on the shelves, designed to help children become potty-trained.
It was called The Graduate.
‘I think that’s when I realised this thing was never going to waft away into the distance.
“Although the film wasn’t my hit, my whole life has been measured by it.
“I’ve no idea how life would have turned out had it not been for this phenomenon, but everything would have been very different. That’s for sure.’
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