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" 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. "
" 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. "
" The people of Pittsburgh should have a weekend flea market at the Warhol. Andy would have loved that kind of stuff. "
" Andy always thought that films would be where we'd make money. "
" 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. "
" Very few people took sordid things and made comedies out of them. "
" I'm not against censorship in principle. Not at all. Some things should be censored. "
" 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. "
" If I thought about planning, I'd plan movies. If I thought about planning my life, I'd plan my life more rationally, not like New Yorkers who live their lives so irrationally, without reason. Maybe that's the connection between my movies and New York: the movies have the same kind of lack of overall design. "
" It's a debilitating process, working with the studios. With the length of time it takes for drafts and development deals, your enthusiasm is gone before you're ready to make the film. "
" A good conservative is someone with an open mind. "
" I've always stayed independent, but I've always felt an obligation to make movies an untutored audience could like. "
" It's not a secret, but if you know what the hell you're doing, you pick good actors. And you know what makes a good actor? A good personality in the performer, in the person. "
" 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. "
" I think it's absurd to believe that movies should look like paintings and say something like serious books say something. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" If a person is in front of a camera, they're acting. It's not possible to live in front of a camera. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Somewhere in the '60s, actors became wimps and basket-case psychotics. "
" 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. "
" Rome has New York's formlessness, aimlessness, a kind of hard-boiled sophistication, blase about everything. In their filmmaking, too, the Italians have this tongue-in-cheek sense of comedy. "
" My films always play better outside of New York, especially to critics. "
" I've always been an independent producer. I'd kind of like to be hired help for a change. I don't mind that. "
" 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. "
" You can't have the real thing on camera - that's the nature of cinema. When you see people like Daniel Day-Lewis and Ralph Fiennes screaming and hyperventilating, you're seeing the phoniest kind of bad acting. You may as well have a 'men at work' sign. It's not acting if you can see it. "
" 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'm not anti-Hollywood; not at all. In fact, I'm rather fascinated by everything that goes on here. When I get hold of a copy of 'Variety,' I read it cover to cover; I love to know what people are doing. "