There's been about 75 movies about Jesse James, and I've seen about four of them. He's usually portrayed as this plucky rebel who's got no choice but to turn to crime, because the railway's hassling his mother. But he wasn't like that.
When men organize themselves into groups, and they make rules based on common or self-interest, it's always tangled and political.
In Australia, we point out a person's weaknesses as a way of saying 'I see you and I accept you'. If you do that with Americans, they instantly take offence.
Actors have either got to play something that's close to them, or something that's the complete opposite.
America's moved so much of its production and manufacturing offshore, it's become a nation of middlemen.
Americans are not renowned for having a sense of irony.
Crime is a job and it's boring. It's also unpleasant.
Anything that's memorable about a movie is often what a test audience will object to because they're being asked to be experts. They just compare the film they finished watching to all of the other films that they've seen.
Films that score very high with test audiences generally tend to not be so great. But, there's a lot of money involved in making movies, and it's a way for people to reassure themselves, who have spent money, and it's also a way to work out how to market a movie.
I'm not a very efficient filmmaker. There's a lot of guys, filmmakers like the Coen Brothers who shoot a whole movie and maybe don't use 12 setups. I'm in awe of people like that; I'm just not that guy.
To me, regardless of who's in office, the government is strangled by business. And the government's priorities are dictated by business. I mean, why does America, even after healthcare reform, still not have free universal healthcare? I'm sure it has something to do with the insurance lobby.
A lot of writing's going down dead ends that don't go anywhere.
Everybody is always trying to make the best movie they can. It's a process.
I don't know whether crime is dictating business or business is dictating crime.
I don't think human beings have changed in 2,000 years.
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