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" A sex scene is gratuitous when it only exists for its own sake. "
" People who have any kind of illness use humor as a type of coping. "
" I've enjoyed the singular focus of not going back and forth between the two mediums. It isn't about the screen size so much as film being where the stories I'm most interested in telling happen to be at. "
" The funny thing is, when you look at photos of Tuvia Bielski, he was fair, blue-eyed, and could pass for a Gentile. "
" There is no reason why challenging themes and engaging stories have to be mutually exclusive - in fact, each can fuel the other. As a filmmaker, I want to entertain people first and foremost. If out of that comes a greater awareness and understanding of a time or a circumstance, then the hope is that change can happen. "
" Yes, illness is serious, but the indignities are also funny. And that defines my world view. "
" There's a great tradition of actors taking on parts of much less obvious sympathy. "
" The idea that things can be serious minded but must be somehow balkanized in the art-house ghetto is very upsetting because I think it limits not just the audience who was already going to see it, but those who might have had their tastes developed at a younger age. "
" Adolescence is a time in which you experience everything more intensely. "
" Sometimes when an actor and director work together for the first time, it's not as if there's a suspicion, but there is tentativeness, a certain amount of a right of passage you have to go through in order to get there. When it's already there from the beginning, it's such a plus. "
" I've never been one of those guys who storyboards every frame, because that would take away some of the mystery and some of the fun. "
" Stories are one of the means by which a culture preserves its identity. "
" I think that I am interested in the resonance between character drama and high stakes, either situational or political or social or other kind of elevated drama, and I tend to find that those things combust. "
" Scale is not just something that a director wants so as to play with all the toys. Scale also lends verisimilitude, to put together a real world. "
" I watched aspirationally. I looked at movies that maybe I didn't entirely understand but which developed in me some thirst for their subjects or for their context, and that became part of how I came to understand the world. "
" You can't help but reveal your bias, and you can't but invest personally in any story that you tell. "
" In my office, we were talking about the fact that they'd announced a remake of 'A Star is Born,' and I was bemoaning the idea of a fourth remake. And the young guys who work in my office were giving me blank looks, like, 'What's 'A Star is Born?' "
" There is something universal in the theme of a man trying to save his family in the midst of the most terrible circumstances. It is not limited to Sierra Leone. This story could apply to any number of places where ordinary people have been caught up in political events beyond their control. "
" I know that when I'm writing, I always want to be directing. "
" There have been bombings by extremists. They are not representatives of Islam. They're not representative of the vast majority of people who love this country, but nonetheless, they exist. "
" I like to reveal people with some of the niceties of social behavior stripped away and the moral, ethical, and political issues are revealed. "
" I was trained in the repertory theater. You would do Moliere one night and Sam Shepard the next. "
" People, especially press, want to pigeonhole you. "
" Forgive me, but what is the purpose of drama but catharsis? "
" I've done all sorts of different kinds of action. We did a thing in 'Blood Diamond,' the attack on Freetown, where I carefully staged the action but did not show the camera operators what we were going to film - so it has the feel of documentary, trying to capture something, and that gave it a whole different feel. "
" I think one of the privileges of being a filmmaker is the opportunity to remain a kind of perpetual student. "
" Doctors are kind of this shibboleth in our society. We know what they do, and we depend on them, but we don't know a lot about what it feels like from their side. "
" The Mitch Rapp novels are as thrilling and entertaining as they are relevant. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to translate them to the screen. "
" It's a harder time to make original, less conventional movies. But God, we need them! "
" I don't think movies can ever be too intense, but people have to understand why you're showing them the things you are showing them. "
" If a director is really a director, I think he's interested in more than one thing. "