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" You make up a character, there's always gonna be parts of you that, like it or not, shine through. "
" I've always found the script to be more of a skeleton, the template. "
" Within the family unit, you have people you grew up with who are supposed to be your brother, father, or your mother who are almost like strangers and acquaintances. "
" Coming from a very small country, it's always nice to see our own doing well. "
" Most people in their lives do feel like they are outsiders at some point. "
" I wish I was less good-looking and more unpopular. Then I could get into politics and use my pent-up resentment about being ugly and unpopular to systematically destroy the country. "
" My job is to express myself. "
" I've always felt that I wanted to make a Marvel film... I just want to make sure I'm not making an episode. "
" Unfortunately, there aren't enough interesting acting roles in New Zealand to sustain a career. "
" Shooting a movie should be fun! It's not a real job. It can be hard, but at the end of the day, we're dressing up and playing pretend. "
" It was never really my plan to become a filmmaker. "
" Maori get pigeonholed into the idea they're spiritual and telling stories like 'Whale Rider' and 'Once Were Warriors,' quite serious stuff, but we're pretty funny people, and we never really have had an opportunity to show that side of ourselves, the clumsy, nerdy side of ourselves, which is something I am. "
" You can have integrity with your art, but worrying about integrity doesn't pay the bills. "
" Independent films are really the best ones out there. They're the most original stories, and they're very good. "
" I find that relationships between kids and parents are very interesting. "
" I think I'm a better filmmaker than actor, so I already know that. That's OK. I can handle not being a famous actor. "
" I don't mind going from sadness to comedy in a split-second or mixing the two up. "
" Visually, I'm always considering shots and composition quite a lot, and I love putting art into films, and I do a lot of the art. "
" I've always said that, first and foremost, I make films for New Zealanders. They're my target audience. Then after that, if people appreciate my stories from outside this country, then that's an added bonus. "
" There are lots of parts of filmmaking that I don't like. At the end of the day, especially on features, the film turns into a commodity. You have to play this entirely new game I'm very uncomfortable with. "
" My favourite kind of comedy comes from the awkwardness of living, the stuff that makes you cringe but borders on tragic - that is more interesting to me. It resonates; it comes from emotional truth. "
" New Zealand was such a weird place in the 1980s. For instance, we used to have this commercial in the late 1970s where this guy drives this car and stops outside a corner store. He goes in to buy something, and when he comes out, his car is gone. He's like, 'Huh?' Then a voice says, 'Don't leave your keys in the car.' "
" I think our first heroes with whom we discover flaws are our parents. "
" My world is not spectacle and explosion. It's two people talking. "
" I'm in all my films, I can't help it. I just jam myself in there if there's a space. "
" I find that a lot of child actors are ruined once they've done a job. "
" I always wanted to play a dapper gentleman, and I also always wanted to play my mum. "
" I love living in New Zealand. "
" The ridiculous events in everyday life are often overlooked - people don't recognise it as potentially cinematic. "
" There's nothing cooler than going to work and hanging around with your friends and laughing, because it's something that you get told off for throughout your entire time at school... it's just like a big 'in your face' to those bully teachers that you had when you were a kid. "
" I'd loved 'Iron Man,' you know, with a passion. I thought that was the most fresh, cool thing, in terms of superhero movies, that I'd seen in a long time. "