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All Quotes by author - Tom Hooper
" Actors are programmed to see the worst. If you're talking about an actor's TV series, you say, 'I loved you last night.' And they go, 'What about the week before?' They immediately worry. "
" Actors enjoy being treated as ordinary people. "
" After my grandfather's plane took enemy fire, he was denied permission to land at the first available airstrip. In that classic British bureaucratic way, they said he had to go back to your own airbase in the Midlands. They crashed between the coast and the airfield. "
" A lot of dramas get a bad name commercially because they are unremittingly bleak. "
" American cinema tends to express a patriotic relationship to national identity on a regular basis. "
" American movies are often very good at mining those great underlying myths that make films robustly travel across class, age, gender, culture. "
" I appear to be drawn to iconic characters and what they reflect back to our cultures. "
" I began to think that if you're a stutterer, it's about inhabiting silence, emptiness, and nothingness. "
" I come from the kind of family where work is work; my parents always taught me that it's better to be doing something than sitting around doing nothing. "
" I decided to be a filmmaker when I was 12. I had utter clarity that this would be my life. "
" I don't even like football. "
" I feel connected to the Second World War because my father lost his father in that war. So, through my dad and the effect it had on him of losing his father young, I always felt connected to the war. It goes back years, but it still feels to me as if we're completely living in it. "
" I find that after a screening, people really want to come and tell you what they feel. "
" If you look at classic Hollywood films, they tend to shoot close-ups on quite long lenses and the background it out of focus. You know, it's just a mush. "
" If you look at Shakespeare's history plays, what the setting of monarchy allows is this extraordinary intensification of emotions and predicament. "
" I have a yearning someday to do one of these huge juggernauts. "
" I love the incredible variety of demands directing makes on you, from the entrepreneur to the hustler to the deal-maker to the writer; to directing actors and the camera and working with music, sound, marketing and promotion. It uses so many sides of your brain. "
" I mean, we've all had those dreams where, you know, we try to cry out and our voice won't come. "
" I'm the son of highly functioning parents who I'm incredibly lucky to have. "
" In 'The King's Speech,' patriotism is utterly contained within a historical moment, the third of September, 1939, where the aggressor is clear, the fight is clear, it hasn't become complicated over time. "
" I think directors can become overly infatuated by gilt and gold, and the word 'lavish' and everything being magnificent. "
" I think English film is very embarrassed by patriotism, generally. "
" I think I would say 'The King's Speech' is surprisingly funny, in fact the audiences in London, Toronto, LA, New York commented there's more laughter in this film than in most comedies, while it is also a moving tear-jerker with an uplifting ending. "
" I think people enjoy finding out something genuinely new. "
" I think the thumb print on the throat of many people is childhood trauma that goes unprocessed and unrecognized. "
" I think we all have blocks between us and the best version of ourselves, whether it's shyness, insecurity, anxiety, whether it's a physical block, and the story of a person overcoming that block to their best self. It's truly inspiring because I think all of us are engaged in that every day. "
" I would say L.A. is more polite than London - it's a very careful place. People talk a lot in code. "
" My dad said, 'The thing that I was told that was really helpful was that I mustn't be afraid of the things I was afraid of when I was five years old'. The shock of his childhood had put him in this defensive crouch against the world, and he needed to know that he had a nice wife and kids and it wasn't the same any more. "
" My films seem to be about men's struggle with failure. "
" My two great loves when I'm shooting are working with great actors and composing images. "
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