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" My time on the set is the least of my involvement. Most of my time is in pre-production and post-production. "
" Sometimes I don't like the books that I'm reading. "
" I do like escapism. I like going to the movies on a Friday night and seeing something fun. "
" You are what you love. Not what loves you. "
What You Love
" I think I've had pretty good experiences for the most part with the people who have directed my screenplays. "
" I do have some theatrical background. I've written plays and seen plays and read plays. But I also read novels. One thing I don't read is screenplays. "
" I have a tendency to hire people who tend to be unattractive to the studios. Maybe this is a bad idea. "
" I don't think screenwriting is therapeutic. It's actually really, really hard for me. It's not an enjoyable process. "
" I was trying to figure out what a memory feels like. "
" I think of myself as a guy who tries to write screenplays and now has tried to direct one. Anything more than that is meaningless and it gets in the way of being a real human being. "
" I try to make things interesting and thought-provoking. "
" Everything I've written is personal - it's the only way I know how to write. "
" I like actors - I used to be one. "
" I hate a movie that will end by telling you that the first thing you should do is learn to love yourself. That is so insulting and condescending, and so meaningless. My characters don't learn to love each other or themselves. "
" Directing is a more pragmatic experience, where you have to deal with the restrictions of time and money that force you to make certain decisions you don't have to make when you're writing. "
" I'm not into extreme sports or something. I just live a quiet life. "
" I want to create situations that give people something to think about. "
" I think that people have expectations of themselves and other people that are based on these fictions that are presented to them as the way human life and relationships could be, in some sort of weird, ideal world, but they never are. So you're constantly being shown this garbage and you can't get there. "
" There's no way to approach anything in an objective way. We're completely subjective; our view of the world is completely controlled by who we are as human beings, as men or women, by our age, our history, our profession, by the state of the world. "
" I really don't have any solutions and I don't like movies that do. "
" So when I write characters and situations and relationships, I try to sort of utilize what I know about the world, limited as it is, and what I hear from my friends and see with my relatives. "
" I do have, at different times, a certain kind of self-consciousness in the world, an insecurity. "
" When I'm writing, I'm trying to immerse myself in the chaos of an emotional experience, rather than separate myself from it and look back at it from a distance with clarity and tell it as a story. Because that's how life is lived, you know? "
" I'm not a celebrity. I'm intentionally and defiantly not a celebrity. I don't have any interest in it. I don't have any talent for it. I keep my personal life out of my public life as cleanly as I can. "
" I'm interested in trying to explore what I think is the truth at a given time in my life, and part of the process of being honest is - in my mind - talking about the idea that you're watching a movie. You're sitting here watching a movie. And I like that. It appeals to me intellectually, and also in a way I can't even explain. "