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" As a film director and as film actors, you get used to a certain rhythm that's slow. But with TV, it's hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry. It's a different pace. "
" I drank from colored water fountains and from the white water fountain just to see what it was like when I was a kid. What shocks me is that these kids today don't realize that this happened in many of our lifetimes. "
" I think this last film I finished, 'The Butler,' is the closest I will come to as a work-for-hire. "
" I want to go to places that are unexpected of me because people really think they have me pegged. "
" I don't know whether everybody likes the films that I do. I know that I love them, and I believe the way that I raise my kids that they will love them, and that's what most important to me. "
" I definitely caught the acting bug, but that lasted for about two seconds when I found my way to L.A. and found that my talents were better suited behind the cameras. "
" I'm not Tyler Perry. I'm not Dino De Laurentis. I think it's a bit much to put one's name in front of the film. It makes me uncomfortable. "
" I came to Hollywood to write and found out I don't have the attention span. "
" I always question if somebody else is going to love my films. I think that's what art is about - it's so individual. "
" I've never done a studio movie, let alone worked for a network. Every one of my films has been independently financed. "
" Theater was always in the backdrop. Nursing was a way to pay the bills. I wasn't a nurse; I had a nursing agency. "
" The rules are: The only ego is the film, and you have to serve the film. "
" I love black women. I live for them. They are everything to me. I'm obsessed with them. They are sophisticated, resilient and smarter than me. "
" While I am not a musician, I love music. I have over 15,000 songs on my iPod. Everything from hard core rap to the soundtrack from the original 'Cinderella.' "
" I went from off-off Broadway. I would direct plays in Baldwin Hills. Almost Tyler Perry-like, really trying to express myself in that and not really knowing how to, knowing acting in story, but not really knowing how to technically hold a camera. "
" 'Push' had a story, 'The Paperboy' story you could just throw up in the air and shoot holes through the book because the story wasn't as strong. But I felt the characters were stronger in 'The Paperboy'; they were vivid. "
" My earliest experience was reading Edward Albee's 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' at 8, you know, with a bunch of kids on my steps - on the stoops - and knowing that I wanted to direct them saying the lines. I don't really know how to articulate that 'cause there wasn't someone to show me. "
" I've had all types of beautiful girls tell me that they ugly when they look in the mirror, as if it's someone else's reflection they see. "
" Most actors want the audience to like them, and that leads to bad acting. "
" I started casting. I cast music videos, but I kept getting fired from jobs because I was iconoclastic in my ways of casting. "
" I'm always workin', man. I gotta pay the light bills. "
" I'm not really vegan. I'm vegan-ish. I have a piece of lamb every now and then. "
Now And Then
" I love actors, and I'm very protective of them. I trust them. It's a mutual trust. "
" I think the father-son love story is a universal one which transcends color. "
" I was the oldest of five children, each about a year apart, and my mother, bless her heart, had her hands full. "
" America is fickle. You never know what they're going to go for. "
" I had trained myself not to go to the bathroom throughout my elementary and junior high school years because I was bullied. And you don't understand why you're being bullied, so you just suppress it. "
" When I make movies, I don't ever go out there to please anyone other than myself. I never try to make a film for the masses. I just try to tell my story. "
" I don't read the reviews, the blogs, or anything else. Instead, I feel the audience when I show the film. "
" Every African-American I know has two faces. There's the face that we have for ourselves and the face we put on for white America for the places we have to get to. "
" Some of the most provocative TV that I'm inspired by is in the U.K. You guys take it for granted, but in America, we can't do it. "