You know, 'I'm gonna direct this film about a woman and her struggle to conceptualize God'...It's like, 'Are you insane? Are you possessed?'
, Shakespeare in Love, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel—8/17/11
I have no interest in manipulating a performance. I want to unleash a performance. And I want to witness a performance. And obviously use my camera as tellingly as I can to capture that.
Tate Taylor & Octavia Spencer—
[Spencer:] Long before...people who were housekeepers and perhaps felt invisible, I think it is always a gracious thing to acknowledge someone’s influence and going out of their way to help you. So, absolutely. I will always say, 'Thank you.'
Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari—
30 Minutes or Less
Parks and Recreation
[Ansari:] The worst job I ever had was I used to make crystal meth, and it was really hard because the lab would just explode all the time, and it was a lot of cleanup.
John Michael McDonagh—
I’m a big fan of those...late '60s, early '70s movies that all had this...anti-authoritarian edge to them as well. So there are a lot of dumb jokes in the movie, but there are other jokes that are...a bit more pointed and confrontational.
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
Small Time Crooks
I never wanted to make a smear piece or a derogatory look at the group...At the end of the day, I’m always going to be a fan of A Tribe Called Quest.
Michael Biehn & Jennifer Blanc—
[Michael Biehn:] I watched
about a year ago or whenever it came out...it didn’t appeal to me at all. You know, at all. But, if they came to me and said, 'Here’s a check...'
Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively—
[Reynolds:] Yeah, there's a lot of daddy issues in the movie.
have some daddy issues, so we'll keep some tissue nearby. Yeah, he
Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
When Mark Strong first walked out in Sinestro makeup. And he said, 'How’s it look?' And I was like, 'That—you’re Sinestro.' That was the best thing.
Bruce Timm & Andrea Romano and Wade Williams—
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
[Timm:] I’m not a huge fan of the CG properties that try to trick you into thinking you’re looking at a live-action film. I think the most successful CG films so far are the ones that actually have a stylized look.
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
I’m looking, and there’s Alfred Hitchcock...I got a chance to talk with his chauffeur, of all people. Who said that the last film,
, was largely directed from the limousine.
Ewan McGregor & Mike Mills—
[McGregor:] Research I find very boring...it’s all just whatever’s required for that character. And if it involves sitting in a library looking through research books, that—you won’t find me there, I don’t think.
You know, life is tragic and comic. And it is excruciatingly painful and totally joyful. And you cannot embrace one without embracing the other.
Brandon Routh & Sam Huntington—
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
[Routh:] There were kind of like a lot of Han Solo moments in there where he's up against something...but he's still calm and cool and collected and has some witty, sarcastic remark and saves the day... [Huntington:] Spoiler alert.
Neil Gaiman, Mark Sheppard, & Toby Haynes—
[Gaiman:] Originally the episode actually started as if you were in the middle of another episode. And the Doctor and Amy are off having an adventure, and they've been captured...[an] essentially
Rainn Wilson & James Gunn—
[Wilson:] All those details, I think they help all actors. Y'know, Dwight's glasses and wristwatch: you put anyone in that short-sleeved shirt and those glasses and that wristwatch, and they're gonna kinda act like Dwight.
Saoirse Ronan & Joe Wright—
[Ronan:] I got to see everything in a new light, and so fresh and pure. So that was fun. And it’s something I've held onto, actually...
The Social Network, A Few Good Men
You can’t not like the characters that you’re writing...Even with, quote unquote, a 'bad guy.' You have to write them as if they’re making their case to God why they belong in heaven.
The Social Network
You really want the people you’re working with to be as great as they can be...You know, it often feels like a competition somehow. But it’s really not. That’s coming from a bad place, and it’s an illusion.
The Social Network
My eighteenth birthday, I was like 'Okay! I'm an adult now. I want to act!' And [my parents] were like 'Oh
.' They were hoping I'd forget, and I didn't. And I pursued it ever since.
I would prepare every day for ten months for a role. Now the problem with that is there’s only so much that a film role can express...I would do all this research, and then it felt to me like eighty percent of it was always just ending up nowhere.
Mao's Last Dancer
Batman: Under the Red Hood
I spent...three months doing ballet classes...Which is just an ass-kicking workout. And then I met a couple of dancers that had danced under him and interviewed them, and spent the evening sort of drinking wine and listening to their stories...
The meetings that you have with the costume designer are just as important as the meetings you have with the director and the writer. Because you are putting this character's aesthetics together.
Nothing's bigger than life. Life is great, right? Some aspects of life are bigger than others. Some personalities in life are bigger than others.
Nicolas Cage & Jay Baruchel & Jon Turteltaub—
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
[Cage:] I like to take bad sounds and just see if I can make them sound good...And I make it extra-hard on myself. But otherwise it's not interesting for me. You know, so I'm always tryin' to mess it up a little bit, or subvert it.
Aaron Johnson & Clark Duke—
These guys are just so involved in comic books, and all they've ever seen is Spider-Man's like this, Batman's like that, Superman can do these things...they're kind of brainwashed by this world...quite naively and not thinking about the consequences...
Kids who want to be astronauts get to go to space camp when they're little. I get to be on a sitcom...people have this connotation with child actors that, like, you know, it's some kind of horrible burden. But for me it was great.
Chloë Grace Moretz & Christopher Mintz-Plasse—
Let Me In
[Moretz:] You really get into character when you put on the jacket and the pants and the boots and the amazing wig...I kind of walked like a boy. It was really funny. Every time I was in that costume, I was always, like, really tough.
Jane Goldman & John Romita, Jr.—
[Goldman:] Matthew and I were concentrating on the movie, and John and Mark were concentrating on the comic—apart from when we stole John away to do the animated sequence!
, Still Walking,
When we think of our heart or soul, we kind of press toward our actual physical heart, but I think that kind of soul or emotion can’t exist on one’s own; it has to be between people...
I had an appointment in an [ad] agency in San Francisco. And some people told me, 'Every day we heard something about
. "We want the style of
!’...If I could have one dollar for each time...
Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario & Jake Abel
—Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Logan Lerman: Acting’s the hobby...But the art is in filmmaking...My goal in life is to be a good filmmaker.
I was fascinated by Sky King, until I went to the studio one day with my Dad and met a pudgy little man, who didn’t fit my image of Sky King. But I think that tweaked my interest in the whole business of show business.
Richard Linklater & Christian McKay—
Me and Orson Welles
[Linklater:] You can feel...him pushing the boundaries or finding maybe there aren’t any boundaries to his own genius and to his behavior and his appetites. You can almost feel them expanding as you watch him.
Hard Boiled, The Killer
There’s so many heroes that I admire, like the one general called Zhao Yun, who is saving a little baby in the middle of all the battles...I used him for Chow Yun-Fat in
Spike Jonze, Catherine Keener & Dave Eggers—
Where the Wild Things Are
Spike Jonze: 'That was sort of the goal of the movie, really, just to try and capture the feeling, to make a movie from the point of view of a nine-year-old. So the viewer is for that period of time experiencing the world from that vantage point.'
—A Serious Man
I’d like to believe that he’s wondering the same questions we are: 'Why is this happening to me? And how do I get myself out of this situation?' He’s tryin’, y’know?
I had made a[n] X-ray machine for science fair in high school...And then read somewhere that it could actually make you sterile. And then I built this big lead box. And so that was kind of in my mind, about protecting the testes, for a while.
World's Greatest Dad
Shakes the Clown
I know when I die, my obituary photo is going to be me in a police uniform standing next to a talking horse. I mean, I know that. I know that that’s the clip they’re going to play on
It Might Get Loud
An Inconvenient Truth
That’s my mantra. You’ve got to find a way to make things personal.
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