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Born: 1963-03-19
Profession: Director
Nation: American
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Without In The Company of Men, I could still be teaching, so who knows if this would've existed.

Tags: Company, Knows, Men

But even with a character like Cary who is relatively outlandish, at the end of the movie he's in a place where I wouldn't have expected him to be - taking on the responsibility of a woman who is pregnant and who used to be his best friend's wife.

Tags: Best, Character, Wife

But for me, it feels like a natural extension of what I've been doing: exploring relationships. Here you have two relationships and we can explore how difficult it is for people to be together.

Tags: Difficult, Here, Together

First I would probably place men at the bottom of the food chain. On a grander scale, I would say they're reacting to change. Feminism has got to be part of that.

Tags: Change, Food, Men

I think Christine and Chad are on the opposite extremes of the spectrum. Christine is a model victim, and Chad is a model perpetrator, and Howard is closer to the middle.

Tags: Middle, Model, Victim

I wanted to make these people real, not like they were in a painting. Like these are people who don't know they're in a period movie. Those concerns are incredibly immediate.

Tags: Movie, Real, Wanted

Just in the past few years - since I've been making movies, which isn't a very long time - you now have a culture that is fascinated and informed about the box office in a way that sometimes filmmakers weren't even.

Tags: Movies, Past, Time

My business is can I create a world that's possible and could happen? I think that's the only thing that I have to do, and I think that I have done that each time.

Tags: Business, Done, Time

There is a lot of absurdity sometimes, not just in Mormonism but often in other religions that want to pretend that no bad happens in their church, rather than taking care of what bad does happen.

Tags: Bad, Care, Happen

With In the Company of Men, the misogynist label stuck early and firmly. In the end, it probably did hurt the film a bit, because getting women into the theaters was difficult.

Tags: Hurt, Men, Women

You start as an audience member and create a world you're interested in, and then you move into the telling of those stories, bringing what has interested you as an audience member.

Tags: Create, Move, Start

In a relationship you have to open yourself up.

Tags: Open, Relationship, Yourself

We live in a disposable society. It's easier to throw things out than to fix them. We even give it a name - we call it recycling.

Tags: Call, Give, Society

Everybody has the ability to be manipulative, to be hateful and deceitful.

Tags: Ability, Everybody, Hateful

I will say that the idea of a woman being deceptive came from that original discussion with critics and reporters about if woman could do that kind of thing. Evelyn, herself, grew out of the discussions about how capable women are of deceit and lying and manipulation.

Tags: Idea, Woman, Women

I was very careful to cast guys who were very good-looking and very fit and who had a certain sense of privilege about them, because with that sense of privilege comes contempt.

Tags: Fit, Guys, Sense

I'm more than open to hope, but I think men and women have a difficult time dealing with each other and often take the low road.

Tags: Men, Time, Women

My best male friend is my best friend until he crosses me. We're all protective of the self.

Tags: Best, Friend, Self

And I've got some screenplays and plays ready to dip into when I need to.

Tags: Dip, Plays, Ready

And with Aaron, I'd have to find a reason not to work with him.

Tags: Him, Reason, Work

Everyone has a little bit of Howard and Chad in them. I think there's Christine in all men as well.

Tags: Bit, Everyone, Men

Everyone has a story.

Tags: Everyone, Story

I didn't choose BYU, I like to think it chose me.

Tags: Choose, Chose

I have a healthy view of what one can do with art.

Tags: Art, Healthy, View

I make movies I want to see.

Tags: Movies

I see bits and pieces of me in all the characters in my films.

Tags: Characters, Films, Pieces
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I think the more the actor lets you know what he thinks of the character, the less the audience cares - like a comedian who laughs at his own jokes.

Tags: Actor, Character, Less

I wanted to tell a story that interested me as much in the telling as in the watching.

Tags: Story, Tell, Wanted

I was always looking for the most dramatic emphasis.

Tags: Dramatic, Emphasis, Looking

I would be more frightened as a writer if people thought my movies were like science fiction.

Tags: Movies, Science, Thought

If we put the camera on ourselves, our friends and neighbors, we'll come up with some scary stuff.

Tags: Friends, Ourselves, Put

People have perhaps gotten to the point where for the most part movies are a just bit of escape.

Tags: Bit, Movies, Point

People think my work is therapeutic. I don't see it that way. It's not like I'm saving money from a weekly therapy visit by writing down my life.

Tags: Life, Money, Work

Relationships in general make people a bit nervous. It's about trust. Do I trust you enough to go there?

Tags: Dating, Enough, Trust

Unrequited love is always a great thing.

Tags: Great, Love, Unrequited

We humans are a fairly barbarous bunch.

Tags: Barbarous, Fairly, Humans
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