There is incredible power in the arts to inspire and influence.
You know, I went to Oberlin. At that time, grades were - you elected to have them or not. It was all of that era where grades were out the window. But I did very well in school. I didn't really study the arts; I practiced the arts.
I really do believe that if you don't challenge yourself and risk failing, that it's not interesting.
And I just think that to introduce an unknown Shakespeare is thrilling, too - not to do Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet, to do the richer Shakespeare. People will come to this and not know the story.
People will justify whatever for a good cause.
When I was thinking about The Lion King, I said, we have to do what theater does best. What theater does best is to be abstract and not to do literal reality.
One of the reasons I love to jump back and forth between mediums is that film does allow me to be more literal. I can go to the real place. I can go to the Coliseum, and I don't have to fake it.
I use cinematic things in a theatrical way on stage, and in film I use theatrical techniques in a cinematic way.
I am, to be quite honest, sick of hero stories.
I have never had a problem with people not being able to understand the words and the meanings in Titus.
You program music with an image and then people are desensitized.
Americans in particular are myopic. They're not traveling as much. When you were a college student, the next thing you would do on graduation was to take a year off and travel. That's what I did. I went to Indonesia.
It's people who are repressed and cannot express their fears that are dangerous.
What I don't have in theater is editing.
But I don't think there has ever been anything written on the nature of violent man as deep and as thorough as Shakespeare's Titus. I think it puts all modern movies and modern exploitations of violence to shame.
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