Hollywood decision makers are by and large sane and bright; they order breakfast the same way we do -- with confident anticipation. But something bizarre happens after they enter their executive suites -- they get swallowed up by a psychological quicksand. As a result, these movie directors and studio execs are unlikely to be satisfied with the original draft of the screenplay, so they order first rewrite, second rewrite, third rewrite, and then first, second, third polish, and so on. A perfect example is the overly rewritten character played by Justin Chatwin in "War of the Worlds". Mr. Chatwin, I venture to guess, probably joined the production thinking he had hit the jackpot by being cast in a Spielberg epic. Sadly, he had no idea that the production team was about to ruin his hopes and dreams by rewriting his character over and over, resulting in the shape we see in the finished film -- chopped up pretty good and made to have a "biblical resurrection" at the end. The only consolation is that, in the future, Mr. Chatwin is likely to become a hot movie trivia item as people rack their brains trying to figure out who played Dakota Fanning's brother in WOTW.