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Type: Director
Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 08/01/1965




 

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Actors get pigeonholed very quickly, particularly movie actors. In the theater, one is more used to casting people against type and trusting that their talent and skill will get them through.
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When I drive through a field, I want to see green grass sometimes, and I don't want to see black and white.
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This is the first time in 10 years I don't know what I'm doing next, and I'm rather enjoying it. Soon I'll be climbing the walls no doubt, but right now, it's not clear, I'm just enjoying the freedom.
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Now I'm back home, living in London, running my theater. I just want to enjoy all that.
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I'm certainly getting a lot more mail... that's basically it.
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I don't think of it as a competition - which might surprise you, given the way movies are reported constantly.
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You've got to believe as a filmmaker that if a movie's good enough, it's going to survive; and if it's not, well, it won't.
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It took me a long time to film the plastic bag, and then I had to get the cut of the scene right. But if you find it as beautiful as the character does, then suddenly it becomes a different movie, and so did he as a character.
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One movie is only one movie. I want to have a lifetime of making films.
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I think with Blair Witch and The Sixth Sense, people are much more open to something that is different.
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You freeze with the number of opportunities given to you and just decide to do nothing at all.
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You just never know when movies are going to take off or not. The lucky thing about this was that it didn't cost a lot of money, and therefore there wasn't loads of pressure on me.
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The movies that influenced me were movies that told their stories through pictures more than words.
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Just because I hold a shot for more than five seconds and it's all a deliberate tableau, people say it's theater. It's not really.
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Kevin and Annette... I wanted them to do it together. They clearly wanted to work with each other.
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The perceived wisdom is that people do not go in large numbers to black-and-white movies anymore - which is a great shame, but I'd love to make a black-and-white movie one day.
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The characters are trapped within the lifestyle. It's about what goes on before the movie starts.
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You're in the lap of the gods. If people go, they go, and if they don't.
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Directing, I realize, on film is far more personal, you know. Cinema really is a director's medium. This is a very personal film.
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All I know is that I operate by going out to each of them and trying to learn the territory in which they operate. My language to each of them has to suit their brain.
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I still can't quite believe it. Although there was something about the fact that it was a first-time writer, a first-time producer, and a first-time director all at the same time.
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I deliberately, in a way, went for something that was a huge challenge and was a big period film. I was excited about the canvas on which I could tell the story as much as the story itself.
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There's one thing better than having a great actor, and that's having a great actor who's never done this kind of role before and is hungry to do it. They're testing themselves every day. They want to get out of their trailer and get to work.
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There's good and bad in everybody. I wasn't looking for the good, or looking for the bad. This is a man who signed his pact with the devil 20 years ago, and he's learned to live with it. He's tried to protect his family from it.
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I think movies are a director's medium in the end. Theater is the actor's medium. Theater is fast, and enjoyable, and truly rewarding. I believe in great live performance.
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