There is a certain kind of respect for authenticity today that there wasn't back in the days when they did 'Cleopatra,' where everything looked like a giant motel. People want to have it be authentic in the look, and authentic in the way people behave.
I became a loner. I became a mountain man. A lot of those things are very good qualities and they help you do your work, help you be singular and keep the artistic integrity of your work intact, but they don't make it very easy to live your life.
A lot of directors don't know what they want to do. Every director I've seen that was a good director that I've admired knew exactly what he wanted to do. They didn't sit there and think about it.
Egotism is not a good quality. It's not something to be admired or even tolerated. It wouldn't be tolerated in a field commander and it shouldn't be tolerated in a movie director.
I felt that the Star Wars series became very pretentious as time went on. Just heavy and leaden.
Matter of fact, the style that people use today, I invented in a way.
Most of the good executives do pretty well. Because to be a good executive you have to be strong, and you have to have a simple attribute that people have forgotten about - courage.
Films are always pretentious. There's nothing more pretentious than a filmmaker.
Writing requires a great deal of skill, just like painting does. People don't want to learn those skills.
I hardly said a word to my wife until I said 'yes' to divorce.
I suppose when I started out I would have liked to have been the darling of critics or something, but everybody wants to be loved and admired.
The filmmakers always have a great level of control.
No, you're either born a writer, a storyteller, or you're not.
Also, they don't understand - writing is language. The use of language. The language to create image, the language to create drama. It requires a skill of learning how to use language.
Yeah, I think that's it... It's like Jesse James. He became really popular because he lasted so long. You know, there is some degree of truth to the fact that time will dignify anything, too.
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