In Isaac Asimov's short story “Gold”, Laborian is clearly a self-insertion of Asimov himself, and the story in the story is Asimov's own book The Gods Themselves.

I'm wondering though, what about the other major character in this short story? Is the film producer Jonas Willard invented completely from scratch? Or did Asimov get inspiration for that character from someone, such as a contemporary real world film producer or director? The character is described in a positive way in the end, so I'm wondering if Asimov is indirectly complimenting someone from the real world with this unusually self-reflecting story.

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