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" Audiences are smarter than ever; they know if filmmakers cheat an environment. "
" As soon as you're at the higher levels of budgeting, you've got to get the film made, and the only way to support the film is to have actors who can support the budget. "
" I would make a film with a political point of view if I agreed with it, and even, perhaps, if I didn't. "
Point Of View
" 'The Man In High Castle' is one of Dick's most imaginative and captivating works, and certainly one of my favorites. "
" Sometimes, scenes are great without any music at all. "
" It's hard writing screenplays. "
" 'The Duellists' won Cannes, but Paramount didn't know how to release a film about two guys in bizarre breeches, waving swords around. I actually think it's a pretty good Western. "
" Technology will need to make many more huge leaps before one can ever view films with the level of picture and sound quality many film lovers demand without having to slide a disc into a player, especially with the technical requirements of today's 3D movies. "
" How can you look at the galaxy and not feel insignificant? "
" We can't terraform yet, but we know it exists. "
" There's a big film industry in Egypt, and quite a big one in Syria, and there's a big Muslim community in Paris. "
" One of the problems with science fiction, which is probably one of the reasons why I haven't done one for many, many years, is the fact that everything is used up. Every type of spacesuit is used up, every type of spacecraft is vaguely familiar, the corridors are similar, and the planets are similar. "
" If you believe, you believe; if you're faithful, you're faithful. I don't care what your religion is. The same if you're agnostic. That should be accepted, too. "
" I get so used to working with writers that my prime occupation is development. "
" I'm a very practical person. "
" Doing science fiction at a high level is tricky. It's really tricky. "
" When you're watching a documentary, the danger is to romanticize. "
" The word 'religion' is only a label. What lies behind that, the most important thing of all, is the word 'faith'. You either have faith, or you don't have faith, or you have degrees of faith - and if you have degrees of faith, then you become agnostic. You're kind of in-between, or you're on the fence. "
" I don't get attached to anything. I'm like a good antique dealer. I'm prepared to sell my most valuable table. "
" Sometimes I find I'm wearing a divided, split brain in terms of drama and humor. "
" I was always amazed about how much I could finally squeeze into a thirty second commercial. "
" But Gladiator is one of my favourite adventures because I really loved going into the world. I loved creating the world to the degree where you could almost smell it. "
" I think over time I've learned to stop being a screamer and get interactive; otherwise, you get killed in Hollywood. I stopped being a screamer shortly after 'Blade Runner,' kicking doors and things like that, because I wasn't actually getting anywhere. "
" What's interesting to me about Moses isn't the big stuff that everybody knows. "
" There are some moments that are pretty distressing in 'Prometheus.' In fact, the last hour is pretty distressing. "
" I try to make films, not movies. I've never liked the expression 'movie', but it sounds elitist to say that. "
" When you're doing a big movie, you're gone for 10 months to a year. "
" The story of 'Prometheus' is the idea that if you're given a gift from the gods, do not abuse it, and do not think you can compete. "
" Life isn't black and white. It's a million gray areas, don't you find? "
Black And White
" Stanley Kubrick's '2001' was the door that opened up the possibility of science fiction for me. Everything else up to then was fine, but didn't quite work for me. "
" I think there are a lot of men who feel they're being emasculated by having the woman be in charge; I've never had that problem. "