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" At the end of the day, you can't do a copy of somebody. "
" You can never squash something and assume it's not going to come back in some fashion. It's going to bubble up until it explodes. Society evolves to find a better way. "
" How do I make the son, daughter, wife of Paterno interesting? Then you just have to start seeing people. "
" I got a chance to work with Mel Brooks on two of his films: Silent Movie and High Anxiety. "
" You have a movie and it proves itself and then certain things happen. "
" All I try to do is create an atmosphere that seems comfortable enough, that it removes tension and everyone feels free. If they feel free then behaviour happens, small moments happen and that's what ultimately works the best for me. "
" When I began to think about the head of the family, the storyteller, the rise of television which became the new storyteller, the break-up of the American family as an idea and then Avalon came. "
" Apparently nobody really read it, it was a cheap movie, it fit their schedule in terms of things so fine, let the guy make that high school comedy. I used to work with Mel Brooks so they figured oh it's going to be one of those really silly movies and that's how it got made. "
" Craig Nelson who is an actor and is in a show called Coach in the United States. We began to do some improvisational stuff and we used to get laughs and things. "
" I never really wanted to be an actor. And that was the beginning of it, I began to write things down and eventually became a writer on a television show. "
" I'm interested in the relationships of people. I'm interested in the darker moments within us. All those aspects of human behavior, I'm fascinated by. But in the times we're in, those are hard movies to make. So if I can do it at HBO, fine. "
" The business has changed, and some people can keep talking about theatrical in these wondrous terms - it will survive, but it becomes narrower what you can make. So the films I'm most interested in, studios - or even the independents - aren't making them. I'm mostly interested in people. "
" It gets harder and harder to make movies about human beings. These movies are like an endangered species. Everything is 'simplify, simplify' now. How many movies have sub-plots anymore? "
" First of all, just to get Diner made would have been an achievement in that I got a chance to direct. "
" We are a divided nation in the worst sense of the word, and we don't hear the other side. "
" I got involved with an acting school and studied for a couple years. They used to have improv exercises that you would work on and you would do improvs. "
" I worked at a local television station and I got a chance to direct and do all those things - worked kiddie shows, Ranger House show with the hand puppets and things like that. "
" Writing by committee becomes much less about a vision. It is really about a piece of merchandise. "
" The interesting thing about movies, it's not always - y'know, you have to have structure etc and all those things, but an audience responds, in many ways, we walk away and certain things stay in our heads that are memorable. "
" A lot of time mistakes are very interesting - you look for the behaviour that's not the one you expect. "
" Well it was sent to me, well because almost everything that is written in Baltimore is sent to me. And David Simon, who was a writer for the Baltimore Sun, spent one year following the homicide squad in Baltimore and he chronicled that period of time. "
" Some actors are supposed to be very difficult, but I've not found that to be the situation. "
" I'm thinking, this is Robert Redford. You know, he's won an Academy Award, he's talking to me about directing a movie he's in. So you just think that it's Hollywood stuff or whatever. "
" It was about a football program that brought in massive amounts of money. They're going to try to cover something up, because it's about money at the end of the day. That's clear. There's no ambiguity to that. Paterno is much more complicated and contradictory, and that's why he's interesting to me. "
" It's finding those nonsensical pieces of conversation that we all do all the time. We do all the time. When we're talking on the telephone, there are arguments with people who agree when they both think that they disagree. "