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" I make movies for me and posterity. I'm more scared of history than I am of the studio. "
" The way I see it, the expensive people who get hired when you have money are the fancy people who tell you what you can't do. "
" When I was shooting 'The Bourne Identity,' I had a mantra: 'How come you never see James Bond pay a phone bill?' It sounds trite, but it became the foundation of that franchise. "
" Making 'American Made' really was an adventure. "
" I can't impress people with the pedigree of obscure French filmmakers that got me into film. It was Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. I really thought I wanted to make dumb action movies. "
" I like to keep my options open. I'm known for changing my mind. "
" When you have films like 'Bourne' that succeed, not only does it beget sequels, but it begets people taking chances. "
" I've always had antiheroes in my film. "
" I don't necessarily think that having more money helps make you make a better film. Sometimes having less money is better. You're forced into being more original; you're forced into hearing something versus seeing it. "
" I've got a short attention span, so it makes sense that I like movies because, for the most part, they immerse you in lots of action. "
" When I'm working on a film, I think about how it will play with a tiny audience of friends whose opinions I respect - basically, a 40-bloc radius from my apartment in Manhattan. "
" VR should be more emotionally involving, but that doesn't happen automatically by just taking a VR camera and sticking it onto what would be a traditionally blocked scene for 2D. "
" I realize I am contradictory: I have an independent filmmaker's sensibility and a Hollywood director's short-attention span. "
" I started my career wanting to make a 'James Bond' movie, and I couldn't get hired! I made 'The Bourne Identity,' and ultimately the impact of that film was that it changed the 'James Bond' franchise. "
" The system did not want me to make 'Go.' And I sort of stood up to the system and made the movie I wanted to make, and the fact that I did that and I'm proud of the movie means I'm really proud of myself when I look back on that. "
" Finding original source material is not easy, but when something special like 'Edge of Tomorrow' comes along, everybody recognized it. I wasn't swimming against the stream. Warner Brothers immediately supported it, Tom Cruise signed on instantly; Emily Blunt, who was our first choice, signed on immediately. "
" I don't really analyze my process. I do know that if it's not right, I won't move on. I'm tenacious to a fault about that. "
" One thing about pushing yourself outside your comfort zone is that you're going to make mistakes, and you're going to fall flat on your face sometimes. "
" My older brother took me to Woody Allen double features when I was still teething. "
" I've been really lucky in terms of the people I've gotten to work with. "
" You gotta understand, 'Swingers' was a resume film for me. I never thought anybody would see the movie who I wasn't in the room with showing it to them. "
" The thing about TV is it's a meritocracy. I love that aspect of it - and I've had shows that have gone on the air and been canceled. I've seen the good and the bad of it. "
" I think when the United States of America put a man on the moon in 1969, that was one of the greatest accomplishments mankind has ever done. "
" Being on a commercial airplane is actually one of the safest places you can be on the planet. "
" I've always been interested in giving the audience a first-person experience in my movies. "
" To be honest, when I started watching VR content, I was mostly disappointed and thought people could do better - not that different from when I set out to make 'Swingers' and thought, 'There's a better way to make an independent film.' Which is why 'Swingers' ended up being so much less expensive than anything like it. "
" I probably shouldn't treat interviews as therapy sessions, but I don't keep a diary, so these end up being my way of keeping track of where I'm at and letting it all out. "
" I really love the movies of Katherine Hepburn, movies like 'The African Queen.' I love 'Midnight Run' and I suppose, to pick something out of a different genre, I love 'Aliens.' "
" I didn't grow up like Quentin Tarantino, watching esoteric art films at the video store. I'd go to the multiplex and see big, mainstream movies, and I'd go, 'I want to make one of those one day.' "
" I'm very interested in politics, and I feel TV is a more political medium than film. "
" I thought I was done making CIA movies after 'The Bourne Identity.' I really had used my father's work in Iran-Contra on 'The Bourne Identity.' You get one experience like that in your life where you have personal exposure to something, and you put it in a movie. That's it. "