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"The idea was that this is John Doe’s job: he gets up, makes his books, plans his murders, drinks his tea... I watched the movie over and over again, and there’s that scene with Kevin Spacey having a cup of tea in the holding tank in the room with the two-way mirror. The way he stirs his tea with the tea bag in his hand is very elegant, so I thought of a down shot with a tea bag going into a teacup. Fincher said, 'Why don’t you cut the fingers, because Doe cuts his fingerprints off with a razor blade?' so there was this back and forth thing where we would both propose all these shots."

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