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" As a filmmaker, you have to stand in front of what you did and make choices that you could do with a clear conscience. "
" As a television actor, I was held to a tight, rigid structure. "
" Bad people sometimes do good things, and good people do really bad things or do something the audience disagrees with. "
" Don't try and make a movie for someone else. You have to make it for you and trust that you're not that unique. And that'll matter to other people as well. "
" Every writer has written a spec. It's the first thing you write, and it basically stands as a means of, 'Here's an example of how I tell stories.' It's almost like a business card. "
" For me, the greatest thing a movie can do is rivet you while you're watching but also give you something to chew on for days and weeks after you've seen it. "
" Growing up, my mother was a very strong woman who was not very big, about 5'1'', but boy, you grabbed a tiger by the tail if you messed with her. I know grown men that messed with her, and through her wit and intelligence and her no-quit, she never lost a fight. That's very influential on me when I'm telling stories. I love exploring that. "
" Honest communication is a rare thing. "
" How can you tell your kid, 'You can be anything you want to be,' if you're not trying to do the same? "
" How does one endure in a place they shouldn't be condemned to live in? You could take that same question and apply it to any number of neighborhoods in any number of cities. "
" I believe in the Constitution - and I believe in common sense. "
" I broke a lot of conventions. Look, I spent a long time as an actor. I spent a lot of time playing pretty ordinary arcs. "
" I can recognize a good actor. I can recognize someone that can convey emotion and that has the essence and not get lost in the minutia of, 'Well, that person's got red hair, and so does the other.' Some of the decisions in casting that seem so important at the time, until you get on set and you're starting to shoot. "
" I didn't know if I could make a good movie. But I knew I could make a respectful one. "
" I don't know if I've ever met anyone that's purely good or purely evil myself. I think most of us live with some varying degrees between the two. "
" I don't outline. I sit down to write, and I take the ride. If something starts to not feel right, I go back to the last place that felt like jazz to me. "
" I don't write tracking shots in my screenplays or any camera directions, but I do try to give a sense of how the action is moving. "
" I finished 'Hell or High Water' and started writing 'Wind River' literally the next day. "
" If you're going to make a sequel to 'Sicario', you have to - you know, you've got to go beat a brand new path. "
" If you want to get an email to Robert Redford, you send it to his assistant, and she prints it out. And then he will write you a letter, which is incredibly rare and incredibly classy. Unfortunately, I can't be that removed from technology. "
" I had a one-year-old son. How will my failure or success limit what he becomes? I was trying to write screenplays. It doesn't pay very well until you sell one. I was poor. "
" I had three attorneys dedicated solely to find the statistic of the number of missing Native American women on reservations. Any reservation, not just 'Wind River.' They don't exist. The federal government, which is responsible for the reservations, don't keep those stats. "
" I had to push exposition through dialogue, which is really, really hard for an actor do. "
" I just lost interest in performing. "
" I learned a tremendous amount about dialogue because I suffered as an actor. "
" I let characters be human and flawed and relatable. When we do things that aren't that great, we can understand it. "
" I like to describe 'Yellowstone' is 'The Great Gatsby' on the largest ranch in Montana. Then it's really a study of the changing of the West. "
" I look for absurdly simple plots so that I can simply focus on the characters. Having an understanding of what dialogue's easy to say and hard to say - I think that that's helpful, too. "
" I love to play with the notion of who the protagonist is - who is the audience supposed to root for? I did it in 'Sicario' and feel it was the strength of the script - guiding the audience's allegiance toward the villain because they think he's the hero, until it's revealed that he's the villain. "
" I'm a big believer in,'If anyone can understand my politics, I've failed.' If you can get a sense of which side of the fence I'm on, then I'm not doing a service. I'm preaching, and that's not my job. "
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