There's something to be said for failing. It's not the failure you feel, it's the failure that people project when something disappoints. You're back to ground zero, where there's no expectations, and that's where I like to be.
When you're an artist, all you're trying to do is self-express.
Haven't two hundred years of failed missionary work overseas taught anybody anything? You can't convert people to anything - whether religion, or something as inane as our flicks.
I saw Richard Linklater's film 'Slacker' for my twenty-first birthday. That was the moment when it all seemed possible. This guy gave me hope.
Storytelling is my currency. It's my only worth. The only thing of value I have in this life is my ability to tell a story, whether in print, orating, writing it down or having people acting it out.
Any book is a self-help guide if you can take something from it.
I didn't get into film to win Academy Awards. I wanted to have a conversation with the audience.
Don't let anybody tell you different, man: The main goal in life careerwise should always be to try to get paid to simply be yourself.
Everybody's got one killer story. It doesn't take talent to tell that story, it just takes experience.
I grew up in a pretty gay world - my brother's gay and he's been married to a man for 20 years, which is like 60 in straight-people years.
Dudes know I'm not a threat. Chicks know I'm not a threat.
Generally, I wake up, honestly it's creepy, but I wake up around 4:20.
I sympathize far more with heavier people than I ever will with thin. I'll never be thin. Let's be honest.
It's taken me 15 years to step behind a camera and make something everyone agrees looks like a movie.
People like to set the bar high. I like to put the bar on the ground and barely step over it. I like to keep the expectations really low.
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