I've always been fascinated with Navy SEALs in general and their role in Afghanistan in particular.
I'm saying, let's learn to reacquire a respect for the power of guns. This culture is so indifferent and disrespectful of guns that we should be terrified.
I believe that as a writer and a director, you're only providing the skeleton of a character, and you're hiring actors to fill it out.
I love films like 'Deliverance' where you can watch it over and over again and decode all of its many different meanings.
Knowledge is death in my experience. The more I know about film, the harder it is to create freely.
Oh my God, you look at all the uniforms in Star Wars, and it's all Nazi iconography.
The challenge in most car chases is you're trying to hide the fact that it's not the actor driving.
What makes a movie now is a package, a brand, a remake or some preexisting material.
While I was a voracious movie-goer as a boy, I never put writing and films together in my mind.
There is no 'Top Gun 2' in which Maverick is not the starring role.
History tends to take the simplest possible view. As soon as you start to scratch the surface of any historical event, it starts to become more and more complicated, which is not the stuff of Hollywood films. Complications tend to break down the budget.
To me, the ultimate crime in an adaptation is the crime of reverence. A novel is one form of media, a screenplay is another, and a movie is yet another. There's even reverence to a screenplay.
Directing my own writing, I see that I talk way too much, and everything can happen much sooner, with much less said about it.
I am not interested in telling you what to think. My job is to show you what I think. Period.
I love traveling around promoting different movies because I'm always looking at different places, and I always walk around to see the city.
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