I have a real thing for Mexican directors. And I love Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
Everybody is looking for validation, no matter who you are, and I think that's a need of the human condition - to look for affection or recognition or validation.
I realized - and I am probably the last person in the world to realize this - that we live our lives with no editing.
From the time we open our eyes, we live in a Steadicam form, and the only editing is when we talk about our lives or remember things.
I'm scared of horses, and I don't know how to shoot them, but that's what excites me. After 40 years old, if you don't do some things that really terrify you, I don't think they're worth doing.
I think there's nothing wrong with being fixated on superheroes when you are 7 years old, but I think there's a disease in not growing up.
I have never directed anything for the stage. I studied for three years in the theater, and it was a very, very scary experience to direct live, being so vulnerable without the possibility to control things, to be so exposed.
When you have a fresh point of view that comes from the right side of the heart, it's just so valuable. You can take it or not take it, but just that perspective can give you a lot of strength or make you reflect on a lot of things.
We have these ambitions that are very hard to accomplish because life puts us in our place. We have this battle with mediocrity.
When you are shooting in a conventional way, you put nets around yourself. It's very hard to fall and hit the ground. You can always manipulate things to make it not embarrassing. If the scene is a little bit bad, you can polish it or even take it out. You can hide your mistakes.
If you stretch tragedy, it will always become comedy. That's the comedy that I like.
I am not a depressive person at all, but I reflect a lot on my life, and life in general, from the perspective of death.
'Biutiful' is not about death. It's about life. It's a hymn to life.
You can better embrace life, you can enjoy it more, when you are conscious that it will end. You bite life.
I have been very lucky to have final cut in all my films; everything that is wrong in them is my fault.
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