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" African-American music tends to have, at the very least, a glimmer of hope to it - sometimes full-fledged hope. "
" Any time I claimed to be white, that would be unacceptable. It just doesn't make sense in people's minds. If I'm white, how can I walk through a department store and still have people scared that I'm going to rob them? Which, that can still happen. "
" As a black man, sometimes you can't tell if what you're seeing has underlying bigotry, or it's a normal conversation and you're being paranoid. That dynamic in itself is unsettling. I admit sometimes I see race and racism when its not there. "
" As far as writing and directing, I'm very focused on the thriller genre. "
" As kids, there's somehow the fear that these bullies can end your life if they want to. Everything is blown up, and occasionally that kind of awful thing does happen. "
" Black people who want to do comedy go into standup, where our heroes opened a lot of doors. Improv doesn't have a ton of heroes that you can look to. "
" Each one of my movies is going to be about one of these different social demons. The first one, being 'Get Out,' is about race and neglect and marginalization. "
" I am a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino, who takes time to figure out what his next movie is. "
" I'd been taught from an early age that I was in the 'other' category on the standardized tests. You know, I had to go down the checklist - Caucasian, African-American, Latino, Asian-Pacific Islander, and then, you know, at the bottom is other. So, you know, very early on I was taught, in a way, that I was somehow this anomaly. "
" I define 'social thriller' as thriller/horror movies where the ultimate villain is society. "
" I didn't know my father very well; I only met him a few times. "
" I find campfire stories and urban legends are kind of the bread and butter that inspires a lot of people who are making horror and thriller. There is a nugget of truth behind these sort of cautionary tales. "
" I'll say this: The scariest monster in the world is human beings and what we are capable of, especially when we get together. "
" I love biting off more than I can chew and figuring it out. "
" I love getting cheers. I love giving scares. Anything that really works with the audience makes me happy. "
" I'm a bigger fan of my directing than in acting. Acting is just harder. You know, not harder, per se, because directing is the hardest thing I've ever had to do. But it's harder to enjoy my work as an actor, you know. "
" I'm a true believer in story. I think when you just tell people to think, people tend to get resistant and defensive and feel like you're accusing them of not thinking. "
" I'm obsessed with giving the audience something they don't see coming. "
" In the Trump era, it's way more obvious extreme racism exists. But there are still a lot of people who think, 'We don't have a racist bone in our bodies.' We have to face the racism in ourselves. "
" I think, before Obama, there was a glass ceiling. That's a big change. As a president, I think he was the best. I felt like I could trust his judgment, and he'd take a measured, empathetic approach. I don't see there ever being another Barack Obama. "
" I think the lesson is that when you give black voices a platform and the opportunity to tell our story, we will tell good stories just like anybody else. "
" I think the majority of police are really good people and really good at their jobs, but that doesn't change the fact that with any interaction I have with them, I'm viewed as a potential threat. "
" It's a no-win situation with politics; it's always going to be stressful. I'm more into the comedy of life. "
" It was definitely during the Obama administration that talking about racism, or calling it out, suddenly seemed taboo. It seemed like talking about race was somehow summoning the evil of racism. "
" I wanted to be Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, and Hitchcock. I'd wanted to be a director since 13, and horror and the suspense thriller were the most powerful genres to me. "
" I want to believe in ghosts. I love ghost stories. "
" I want to produce untapped voices, find people and help them get their platform. "
" I was a very scared child. Not, you know, not so much of life but of the demons that lurked in the dark. And horror movies terrified me. You know, I'd love watching them but then at night, I would just be up in sweats all night. "
" I was raised that emotion was a good thing. "
" Little Haley Joel Osment in 'The Sixth Sense' can see dead people. Well, I can see racist people. "
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