I feel, for any storyteller, anyone making any piece of art, the more specific you can be, and the more truthful detail you can imbue into what you're doing, the more universal your story becomes, oddly.
Then She Found Me
That positive, enthusiastic outlook, combined with the topic of sex, seemed like a great thing to be able to play.
I stumbled across this article, 'On Seeing a Sex Surrogate.' And...it was a bit like a 'burning bush' experience; it had a profound emotional impact on me. And I thought: if I could reproduce that, in a film, then I would be making a good film.
I knew from an early point that if we were making a movie in these big fantastical worlds that it needed to be grounded by something that was existential and something that was very personal and internal to the character.
Martin McDonagh & Sam Rockwell—
[McDonagh:] You can never have too much Catholic guilt.
Zachary Booth & Ira Sachs—
Keep the Lights On
[Booth:] An idea that Ira tossed around a lot to me when I was working on this character was control...to find those places where you could be possessively loving of someone and do it because you care about them but also...to protect yourself.
Chris Butler & Sam Fell—
[Fell:] I think this is probably the most ambitious stop-frame project. I mean, you know, it’s all hand-made. You don’t get anything for free. Everything is built. Every blade of grass is cut by hand by somebody and constructed...
Rashida Jones & Will McCormack—
Celeste and Jesse Forever
[Jones:] You read a lot of screenplays, and you read some that are pretty damn good and then you read some that are not so good. And you wonder if anybody’s even heard it out loud. And I think you think, you know, 'I can do this'...
Joel Edgerton & Peter Hedges—
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Great Gatsby
[Edgerton:] Being an onscreen parent is definitely a responsibility because kids, where I come from—it really can spin their life out of control...
Jay Chandrasekhar & Kevin Heffernan—
[Chandrasekhar:] The props people came up with the just perfect melons, and photographed them in a way that, you know, you really want to go at 'em a little bit.
The French Connection
—7/10 & 7/11/2012
I realized early on that all of us were capable of good and evil. That it’s within all of us. And that’s how I approach the stories I do.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
The movie is, in a lot of ways, a product of just a very extensive investigation, of just kind of hanging around seeing what was going to happen.
Henry Jaglom & Tanna Frederick—
Just 45 Minutes from Broadway
A Safe Place
[Jaglom:] The best advice anybody gave a young filmmaker was delivered by Orson Welles.
—7/22/12 & 7/23/12
My first experiences of love relationships were experiences where I felt like I was walking into just a land mine of preconceived notions.
Mike Okuda, Denise Okuda, David S. Grant, Ryan Adams, Craig Weiss, & Eric Bruno—
Star Trek: The Next Generation
[Mike Okuda:] I grew up watching the Apollo moon landings...and the amazing things that the astronauts and the nation did, going boldly and doing it for the benefit of all humanity...here is this television show that embodied that. That was just so cool.
Christopher Nolan & Emma Thomas—
The Dark Knight Rises
—7/8/12 & 5/3/05
[Nolan:] These are larger-than-life characters, and I very much enjoyed tapping into the sort of operatic sensibility of that...naturally from that you’re aiming for a sort of mythic status.
Cillian Murphy & Rodrigo Cortés—
The Dark Knight Rises
[Murphy:] I was fascinated by...how intelligent people would set aside logic and reason and rational thought because they just needed to believe.
—5/3/05 & 2/19/05
Chris Nolan coming on board...just the fact that they'd asked him to do it meant that they didn't want the same thing that we'd seen before, which is what I was interested in, creating something completely new.
The Long Goodbye
Taking into consideration the ego and the vanity of this species of ours, I believe that a zucchini is also one-of-a-kind, and that there’s nothing more intelligent than vegetation because it simply is, and that’s all life is about: being.
Life During Wartime
The high spirits that begin the movie are supposed to be, in some sense, a representation of youthful frivolity and joy. And this is a character who is clinging to his youth and suffers from its irretrievability—the hopes and dreams of his youth.
The Social Network
The Amazing Spider-Man
What’s great about acting is that, underneath the ego and the id, everything about a human being is the same as everyone else. We’re all made up of the same things.
The Amazing Spider-Man
There is a certain level of privacy that leaves immediately when you set foot in this small town, y'know? Everybody heard what you had for dinner last night and who you had over.
Chris Pine & Alex Kurtzman—
People Like Us
[Pine:] Kirk is still on that journey...our new film explores that even more: of what it means to be a captain when your kind of innate brashness and confidence comes head to head with the stark responsibility of leading men and women in battle.
Rock of Ages
I do know what it is to be alone in a crowded room. Where you're surrounded by people, but you feel very, very lonely. Because everybody's biting at you 'cause it's just all about work.
Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache—
[Toledano:] I think it's a cultural problem because, in America, each time you are touching [on] the relation between race and black and white, it's touchy. In France, we have not the same story [as] you. We have not slavery; we have colonization...
The surprise every morning of when that face was finally on: it was somebody that wasn't me. You know, I never thought of how masculine or feminine she was.
The Muppet Movie
Jim used to always con you into doing things by saying, 'Oh no, it'll be great. It'll be really nice.'
You know, 'I'm gonna direct this film about a woman and her struggle to conceptualize God'...It's like, 'Are you insane? Are you possessed?'
, Shakespeare in Love, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel—8/17/11
I have no interest in manipulating a performance. I want to unleash a performance. And I want to witness a performance. And obviously use my camera as tellingly as I can to capture that.
Tate Taylor & Octavia Spencer—
[Spencer:] Long before...people who were housekeepers and perhaps felt invisible, I think it is always a gracious thing to acknowledge someone’s influence and going out of their way to help you. So, absolutely. I will always say, 'Thank you.'
Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari—
30 Minutes or Less
Parks and Recreation
[Ansari:] The worst job I ever had was I used to make crystal meth, and it was really hard because the lab would just explode all the time, and it was a lot of cleanup.
John Michael McDonagh—
I’m a big fan of those...late '60s, early '70s movies that all had this...anti-authoritarian edge to them as well. So there are a lot of dumb jokes in the movie, but there are other jokes that are...a bit more pointed and confrontational.
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
Small Time Crooks
I never wanted to make a smear piece or a derogatory look at the group...At the end of the day, I’m always going to be a fan of A Tribe Called Quest.
Michael Biehn & Jennifer Blanc—
[Michael Biehn:] I watched
about a year ago or whenever it came out...it didn’t appeal to me at all. You know, at all. But, if they came to me and said, 'Here’s a check...'
Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively—
[Reynolds:] Yeah, there's a lot of daddy issues in the movie.
have some daddy issues, so we'll keep some tissue nearby. Yeah, he
Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
When Mark Strong first walked out in Sinestro makeup. And he said, 'How’s it look?' And I was like, 'That—you’re Sinestro.' That was the best thing.
Bruce Timm & Andrea Romano and Wade Williams—
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
[Timm:] I’m not a huge fan of the CG properties that try to trick you into thinking you’re looking at a live-action film. I think the most successful CG films so far are the ones that actually have a stylized look.
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
I’m looking, and there’s Alfred Hitchcock...I got a chance to talk with his chauffeur, of all people. Who said that the last film,
, was largely directed from the limousine.
Ewan McGregor & Mike Mills—
[McGregor:] Research I find very boring...it’s all just whatever’s required for that character. And if it involves sitting in a library looking through research books, that—you won’t find me there, I don’t think.
You know, life is tragic and comic. And it is excruciatingly painful and totally joyful. And you cannot embrace one without embracing the other.
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