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" My only conclusion about structure is that nothing works if you don't have interesting characters and a good story to tell. "
" Acting is all about big hair and funny props... All the great actors knew it. Olivier knew it, Brando knew it. "
" I'd like to think I'd never do a gratuitous fart joke. "
" I'm not a believer in the pratfall. I don't think it's funny just to have someone fall down. "
" How one handles success or failure is determined by their early childhood. "
" Life doesn't care about your vision. Stuff happens, and you've just got to deal with it. You roll with it; that's the beauty of it all. "
" A psychologist said to me, there are only two important questions you have to ask yourself. What do you really feel? And, what do you really want? If you can answer those two, you probably can leave your neuroses behind you. "
" It's like the old rule-if you introduce a gun into the first act of a play, it's going to be used in the third act. So if you do a movie about criminals, you have to accept there's going to be Some action. "
" As much as we'd like to believe that our work is great and that we're infallible, we're not. Hollywood movies are made for the audience. These are not small European art films we're making. "
" The movie 'Vacation' had a whole different ending. They never even got to the amusement park, Wallyworld, at the end of 'Vacation.' The last 20 minutes of the film was entirely different - and bombed so badly that the audience just stopped cold. "
" I had a lot of fun working with John Candy. We had a pretty good rapport. "
" Nothing reinforces a professional relationship more than enjoying success with someone. "
" I used to be married to a woman who pursued every spiritual trend with tremendous passion and dragged me along. I don't believe in anything. I'd seen mediums and readers. "
" No matter what I have to say, I'm still trying to say it in comedic form. "
" We were tremendously encouraged by the testing of Analyze That. Audiences loved it. They were telling us that they liked it as much as the original. We recorded the laughs in the theater. "
" I feel a big obligation to the audience, almost in a moral sense, to say something useful. If I'm going to spend a year of my life on these things, I want something that I feel that strongly about. "
" If Chevy Chase had not been an actor, he might have been a very popular guy in advertising, or whatever field he would have gone into, because of his charisma. "
" Billy Crystal knows how to make people laugh. He's got 30 years on stage... there's no telling him what's funny. "
" I've been directing for 25 years almost, and I've only directed nine films in that time because I like to be careful. "
" I believe things happen that can't be explained, but so many people seem intent on explaining them. Everyone has an answer for them. Either aliens or things from the spirit world. "
" I always claim that the writer has done 90 percent of the director's work. "
" I'm at my best when I'm working with really talented people, and I'm there to gently suggest or guide or inspire or contribute whatever I can to their effort. "
" I never work just to work. It's some combination of laziness and self-respect. "
" I never read Playboy before I started working there and stopped reading it the day I quit. "
" First and foremost, you have to make the movie for yourself. And that's not to say, to hell with everyone else, but what else have you got to go on but your own taste and judgment? "