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" I have a very linear mind. "
" Definitely when you give a script to an actor, it's like dropping a capsule in water and the fizzing starts. That's when the thing starts to live and breathe. "
" Endings don't have anything to do with what your movie is about. Now, there is an emotional climax, there's an emotional resolution that is 100 percent important. If I get that wrong, get your money back. "
" We've gotten to a point where it costs so much money to make a movie that directors and filmmakers feel they have to make sure that everybody gets it. And that's an unfortunate development, I think, in a lot of narratives floating around in the film industry. "
" I care about narrative structure; I care about how stories unfold. "
" I grew up in Arkansas, and I went to Little Rock Central High, which was the site of a desegregation crisis in '57. I graduated in '97. "
" In terms of my personal spirituality and everything else, it's ever-evolving. I have a desire to want more out of the universe. But the older I get, the further I get from any specifics about that. "
" It takes people being alone in front of the computer at three in the morning to write opinions about movies, apparently. "
" I never wanted to make movies just for me. I want to make movies that people watch. "
" Nature is the purest thing we can touch and observe. It can be the most beautiful and also the most devastating. "
" I think I could probably make $5 to $10m movies for a very long time and live a perfectly good life doing it. I'd probably get paid as well as a surgeon, which is pretty damn remarkable for a guy who went to film school. "
" As a storyteller, you have to have something to say. You have to look at the world, think about it in relationship to yourself, and say, 'I think this is a pattern,' or 'I think this is the way fatherhood works,' or 'I think this is the way first love feels.' The danger in that is, that's when you open yourself up to real critique. "
" I can talk to execs very clearly, very plainly. I don't get nervous in front of them anymore. "
" I've been just unsuccessful enough not to have been given a big opportunity too soon. "
" There's one right place to put the camera. I'm a big believer in that. You'd think you could put it anywhere. Nope. "
" I think we're so advanced when it comes to watching narrative material. I mean, it's all we do is consume content all day long. So when a character walks onscreen, you immediately start making connections for that character: Is that a good guy? Is that a bad guy? "
" Your reaction when you lose control in a situation is to try and hang on tighter. "
" What Richard and Mildred Loving did was, by their nature, not by any calculus, they separated themselves from the political conversation. They did not have an agenda. They did not want to be martyrs. They did not want to be symbols of a movement. "
" Steven Spielberg had a tremendous influence on me through his early stuff. 'E.T.', 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' - 'Jaws,' I think, is one of the most beautifully directed films ever. "
" I think when you're talking about marriage equality and race, people very quickly start to get into their political corners: their ideology comes to the forefront, and they get into this platform argument that they're used to making, which really doesn't have anything to do with the day-to-day basics of what is being talked about. "
" I thought 'Mud' would be such an easy film for people to understand. "
" If you want someone to show up and execute your script for you, seriously, there are a lot of great people out there. Don't call me. "
" I'll say this: I think from a directing standpoint, 'Loving' is my most accomplished film. Strictly from a technical, directing point of view. "
Point Of View
" A lot of people have a belief system that is strictly based on religious dogma. "
" Your whole life is changed with that first child. Your social behaviors are all turned upside down, you're sleep deprived, but eight months in, my son had this seizure, and it just woke me up to the idea that, oh, no, this can end. And it can end in a way that will destroy you forever. "