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" There's lots of things that can be solved with cash. "
" I trained in the theatre. "
" That survival instinct, that will to live, that need to get back to life again, is more powerful than any consideration of taste, decency, politeness, manners, civility. Anything. It's such a powerful force. "
" To be a film-maker, you have to lead. You have to be psychotic in your desire to do something. People always like the easy route. You have to push very hard to get something unusual, something different. "
" Both of my sisters have been teachers and they used to say you get asked between 300 and 600 questions every day which you have to answer. That's exactly what directing is. And the vast majority of those questions are not very interesting really, but they need somebody to make a decision - a good one or a bad one - and they follow it. "
" I don't want people to sit there and objectively watch the film. I want them to experience it as something that's under their skin, so you try to make the films really tactile. "
" I've always wanted to do a space movie. "
" It's easy to like the most popular films, but I have a great fondness for 'A Life Less Ordinary'. "
" Always changing genres, making very different films is a good idea. It's a way of making yourself feel vulnerable again, getting back to that innocence. As is working within a circumspect budget. "
" I mean suspense, twists are almost impossible these days. "
" I like action movies, even though I think action movies are kind of derided now. But there is something extraordinary about action movies, which is absolutely linked to the invention of cinema and what cinema is and why we love it. "
" I was brought up a very strict Catholic and I don't practice anymore or anything. "
" It's a good place when all you have is hope and not expectations. "
" I learned with 'The Beach' that I'm a bit better lower down the radar. "
" My dad was a labourer and my mum had exactly the same job as Noel Gallagher's mum - she was a dinner lady at our local school. Everyone comes over from Ireland and they get the same jobs. "
" I find that people find a way out of misery through humor and it's humor that's often unacceptable to people who are not in quite such a state of misery. "
" I've sort of escaped my background, as people often do, through art and culture. "
" Celluloid will be the next decade's black and white. "
" The extraordinary thing about India is that it's such a family place. It's full of families everywhere. "
" Actors are steeped in a world of agents and where the next job is coming from and what are their expenses and what is the hotel like. You want to take them out of that world and dump them into another world, so that when you meet them on the screen they don't seem like the guy who was in two others movies that year. "
" I love huge movies. Not sure I am the guy to make them, but you can rely on me being there watching them. "
" It's not so much what you learn about Mumbai, it's what you learn about yourself, really. It's a funny old hippie thing, but it's true as well. You find out a lot about yourself and your tolerance, and about your inclusiveness. "
" You can have great sequences with music, but if you don't have the acting you're bored after 15 minutes. Or not bored, but you're like, 'So what?' "
" I kind of call myself an atheist, I suppose - although quite a spiritual atheist, I hope. "
" The sun is the most important thing in everybody's life, whether you're a plant, an animal or a fish, and we take it for granted. "