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" Bad people sometimes do good things, and good people do really bad things or do something the audience disagrees with. "
" Violence is literally the glue of the cycle of life, and yet I think that we're the only species that does it maliciously. "
" Part of our job as storytellers is to show people pockets of the world that they don't know. The more we understand, the more we don't judge. "
" I just lost interest in performing. "
" In the late '90s, I spent a lot of time on reservations, and there was a level of poverty and injustice that I had not witnessed before. I was shocked by it. This is federally controlled land, and there was an insidious mix of apathy and exploitation. "
" I think my mission, if I could call it that, as a storyteller is to try and find ways to show how similar we are and not how different we are. "
" I was surprised by how much I liked 'Hacksaw Ridge' and its depth. "
" 'Kramer vs. Kramer' is one of my favorite films, where you have a story that really juxtaposes a lot of ideas that we have about family and about parenting. "
" Most of us don't confront pure anything. What our life does involve is a whole lot of 60/40 and 70/30. "
" To get a film in Cannes is a real honor. To have it play and not get booed is a real relief. "
" 'Sicario' was successful, but it was successful because Denis and the producers were, you know, they were very lean. It was very lean filmmaking. "
" People in Texas wear cowboy hats; they're good at keeping the sun off your neck and face. "
" Some of the most fascinating scenes in 'Unforgiven,' for me, is that scene with Gene Hackman where he's talking about the Duke of Death that Richard Harris played, and he's basically demolishing this myth of this man very unwesternly - not what you expect in a western. "
" To me, a purely good individual or purely bad individual, that's a comic book - that's a fantasy - and I don't do fantasy. "
" My education - my Ph.D. in storytelling - comes from having worked on it, being a lover of film and watching them, from working with some great writers and some very good TV directors and then working with some who weren't. "
" My wife was pregnant, and I was doing the math, and I was realizing that I couldn't be living in a two-bedroom apartment in Hollywood for the rest of my days. I didn't want to raise my kid there. "
" If you're going to make a sequel to 'Sicario', you have to - you know, you've got to go beat a brand new path. "
" I'm not the guy to ask to write a sequel. "
" I think I was a decent actor, but it took a lot of work for me to make a choice on how to read a line. "
" As a filmmaker, you have to stand in front of what you did and make choices that you could do with a clear conscience. "
" When I write a movie, I write it for me. "
" I mean... directing is a holy, unpleasant experience, to be perfectly honest. "
" I've been fortunate to work with partners like Weinstein and John and Art Linson in developing 'Yellowstone' and am grateful that it has found a home in the Paramount Network. The show is both timely and timeless. "
" I think 'In The Heat Of The Night' was one of the most influential films on me. Looking back now, I can see how influential it was on my screenwriting because here you have what looks to be a crime procedural, and it's actually a study in race and loneliness, and a perception of an era. "
" Once I finished 'Sicario,' I knew I wanted to follow it up with 'Hell or High Water.' "
" While I feel it's important for films to examine our society, I don't particularly like watching the films that do it. "
" I made a very conscious decision to quit acting. I was on a series, and we were in the process of renegotiating. They had an idea of what they thought I was worth, and I had an idea that was quite different. "
" I wanted 'Hell or High Water' to feel like a road movie and an exciting, fun film - until it's not. "
" How does one endure in a place they shouldn't be condemned to live in? You could take that same question and apply it to any number of neighborhoods in any number of cities. "
" Think about 'GoodFellas': It could be a textbook on how not to write a screenplay. It leans on voice-over at the beginning, then abandons it for a while, then the character just talks right into the camera at the end. That structure is so unusual that you don't have any sense of what's going to happen next. "
" How can you tell your kid, 'You can be anything you want to be,' if you're not trying to do the same? "