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Born: 1963-01-14
Profession: Director
Nation: American
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I look at other filmmakers and see skills in them that I wish I had but I know that I don't. I feel like I have to work really hard to keep myself afloat, doing what I do. But I find it pleasurable.

Tags: Hard, Wish, Work

I'm in the process of working out an arrangement to make some very, very, very small films in the midst of all these films and maybe that will help. But you get tired of talking. You just want to do it.

Tags: Help, Small, Tired

I'm sure some people will say, 'Why do this?' And my response is, 'Why wouldn't you?' The film business in general is using a model that is outdated and, worse than that, inefficient.

Tags: Business, Film, Why

It's pretty clear to me that working as a director for hire agrees with me. I like it. The films that have come out of that, I personally like better than the ones that didn't.

Tags: Films, Pretty, Working

The great thing about the business is how Darwinian it is. We have to swim or die - if you are found wanting over a period of time, you've either got to change what you're doing or find something else to do.

Tags: Change, Great, Time

Traffic is about drugs. As detailed a portrait as I can muster about what is happening in the drug world, from top to bottom, from policy to how things move on the street.

Tags: Move, Street, Top

Warner Bros. has talked about going out with low-cost DVDs simultaneously in China because piracy is so huge there. It will be a while before bigger movies go out in all formats; in five years, everything will.

Tags: Five, Movies, While

Well, it's 15 years since Sex, Lies And Videotape, and if you hang around long enough you're having the same arguments with just a new set of people every few years and it gets boring.

Tags: Boring, Enough, Sex

Lying is like alcoholism. You are always recovering.

Tags: Alcoholism, Lying, Recovering

There are three major social issues that this country is struggling with: education, poverty, and drugs. Two of them we talk about, and one of them we don't.

Tags: Country, Education, Talk

A movie that costs only $1.6 million doesn't have to be a cultural event to turn a profit.

Tags: Million, Movie, Turn

Another thing that really excites me: I'd like to do multiple versions of the same film.

Tags: Another, Film, Multiple

But my sense in talking to people when I travel is that the film business is not that dissimilar from a lot of other businesses.

Tags: Business, Sense, Travel

I don't consider myself to be particularly gifted in the way that other filmmakers are gifted.

Tags: Consider, Filmmakers, Gifted

I had more fun making Traffic than either of the Ocean's films.

Tags: Fun, Making, Ocean

I like to make all kinds of movies. I'd do 'Ocean's Thirteen' with the right script.

Tags: Kinds, Movies, Ocean

I love caper films.

Tags: Films, Love

I think I'm good at amplifying an actor's strengths, and minimizing their weaknesses. And they all have strengths and weaknesses.

Tags: Actor, Good, Strengths

I'm very comfortable with failure. I'm very comfortable being the guy who disappoints people.

Tags: Failure, Guy

In Full Frontal and K Street, I learned to take advantage of the mobility that digital provides.

Tags: Advantage, Full, Learned

Making a film that's supposed to be fun to watch is really hard - that's the weird irony of it.

Tags: Fun, Hard, Making

Maybe I'll paint, do photography, just something else. I can see that.

Tags: Else, Maybe, Paint

Reality shows are all the rage on TV at the moment, but that's not reality, it's just another aesthetic form of fiction.

Tags: Another, Moment, Reality
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The key is, if you're not monkeying around with the script, then everything usually goes pretty well.

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The ought to be a worldwide cultural taskforce that just stops you when you have ideas like combining The Red Desert with an armored car heist movie.

Tags: Car, Ideas, Movie

To me the director's job is to leave it in better shape than you found it, literally.

Tags: Found, Job, Leave

When a film like Chris Nolan's Memento cannot get picked up, to me independent film is over. It's dead.

Tags: Cannot, Dead, Film

When things go right it's hard to figure out why, but when things go wrong it's really easy.

Tags: Hard, Why, Wrong

When you're sent something and read it, either you can see it while you read it, or you can't.

Tags: Either, Read, While

I guess I didn't feel confident enough to be searching in a big public way. I was very content at the time to toil in obscurity on things that I thought might point me in certain directions or teach me certain things - not knowing what that would be.

Tags: Enough, Thought, Time

I guess why the Ocean's films are hard for me is because on the one hand you have to make sure the performances are there, but on the other hand it's a film that demands, to my mind, a very layered and complex visual scheme. That takes a lot of time to figure out.

Tags: Hard, Mind, Time

I just produced Criminal, this remake of Nine Queens, and one of the things that appealed to me about Nine Queens is that it was a performance piece, and that's the most fun.

Tags: Criminal, Fun, Piece

I know why we can't have a frank discussion with our policymakers - if you're in the government or in law enforcement you cannot acknowledge that drugs are anything but inherently evil and morally wrong.

Tags: Evil, Government, Law

To call the police is a really big deal because you don't snitch - that's the culture you grow up in.

Tags: Big, Culture, Police

Even though the neighborhood I grew up in had some unhealthy elements, there was a caring there where you knew that you didn't want to get caught doing something wrong. There were bright spots in the neighborhood where I felt nurtured on a community level.

Tags: Caring, Though, Wrong

I loved to write; in my late teens I had a 'zine. But it wasn't until I went back to school, later on in my 20s, that I actually saw that I had writing talent.

Tags: School, Write, Writing

I realized that there was something internal that I could gain from pursuing this career as an actor. However, once I got into the business I just really abhorred what this career can drum up inside of a person.

Tags: Business, Career, Once

I studied acting for five years. I quit college at that point. You know, I go hard. When I know I'm supposed to go in a direction, I'm fully committed and I go all the way. Everything falls to the side and I'm all in. So I completely dove into acting even though I was almost 30.

Tags: Acting, College, Hard

I was very academically inclined. But my inner life was in such turmoil. I'd go home and my home life was so miserable that it just felt like I was doing everything that I was supposed to do. I did all my chores, made really good grades, and I was excelling at school, but I wasn't happy.

Tags: Good, Home, Life

My own perception of cops was that they came into your neighborhood, they roughed up people that you loved for no reason and took them away. As a child you saw that.

Tags: Away, Child, Reason

This career essentially chased me down while I was on the spoken-word scene in New York. I kept hearing that my delivery of my poetry - which was very personal and cathartic at the time- was very moving to folks. People thought that I was an actress because of my delivery, when I was just dropping into the work and really pouring out my soul.

Tags: Moving, Poetry, Work

Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers, but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms.

Tags: Flowers, Open, Spring
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