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" Andy was a character, and the two of us did have some things in common. We appreciated funny things, didn't like serious things. "
" I adore jokes. They're a theatrical contrivance, but the irony of all fiction is that you approach reality by avoiding it a bit; you spoof it a bit. "
" Every movie I've ever made says the same thing. They all find comedy in people trying to live their lives without any rules. "
" Nico was peculiar. She was extraordinary. "
" The Democrats tax anything that moves. "
" What made Andy famous was the years I managed him. I created the Velvet Underground and told him not to worry about them because they would help his career. All those things I did created his fame. "
" Somewhere in the '60s, actors became wimps and basket-case psychotics. "
" Andy was not a director and not a writer. He operated the camera a little bit, and he wasn't even so good at that. "
" Andy was a nonverbal person; you couldn't get directions out of him. All he knew was what was modern in art was what wasn't art: The telephone was art, the pizza was art, but what was hanging on walls in museums wasn't art. "
" A good conservative is someone with an open mind. "
" Andy was not a hippie or rebel but more like a mischievous child. He was never out to destroy everything. He became a New Yorker, and New Yorkers know, like the media, what's going on around them is a fashion thing that will change to something else. "
" I've always stayed independent, but I've always felt an obligation to make movies an untutored audience could like. "
" My films always play better outside of New York, especially to critics. "
" It's good to aggravate people a little. It makes them pay attention. "
" I did say to myself one day, 'I'd love to be a Jewish comedian,' but that's my only memory with any connection to show business. "
" Even Andy never hung his own paintings. He'd sell them or put them in a box. "
" Very few people took sordid things and made comedies out of them. "
" Most of the time, I leave the camera on the obvious special effects, like the rubber bodies, so that it become obvious they're not real. "
" I love Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton, but not Charlie Chaplin. "
" Andy was an offbeat personality, shy and insecure. The whole reason for taking a camera with him wherever he went was because he was so shy. He'd break the ice by taking pictures. "
" Andy always thought that films would be where we'd make money. "
" I've been the movie business for over 50 years, and I've done everything imaginable that could be done or ever was done by anybody. "
" I never wanted to be anything special. I just wanted to make films. "
" Actors should be instinctive and spontaneous. If you think about acting, you're not going to be good. "
" There's something about all the films that I have made in that they don't seem old or dated, and some people mention that. "
" So many things go on in life that never find their way into the movies because so much of it is unappealing. But that's what I want to show. "
" People treat serious subjects so seriously, which is so obvious a way of dealing with them. I'm always thinking that the best way of dealing with them is to show people as human beings. "
" The people of Pittsburgh should have a weekend flea market at the Warhol. Andy would have loved that kind of stuff. "
" My sense is that you can make a film under almost any circumstances. As long as someone has a vague idea of what he's doing, something distinctive will emerge. That, to me, is what film making is all about. "
" You don't put your personal viewpoints in a good movie. A movie should only be concerned with characters, not some big moral, although it's always underneath. "
" We are always getting photos and publicity from people who want to act in Andy's movies. We always throw them away. They don't seem to realize that the last thing we'd put into a movie is an actor. Because all the other movies use actors. "