When you have a lot of siblings, you always do something to feel special.
My work is therapeutic: 'Monster's Ball,' 'Woodsman' and 'Shadowboxer,' because I don't go to therapy, and I sort of live life through my films.
I believe in life that you know that everything prepares you for the next thing - whether it's a hit, whether it's not a hit, whether it's a... your failures are your accomplishments because it makes you prepared for whatever it is that you are going to do next.
I come from a family of servants. My father's father was a servant, and my father's father's father was a slave.
When people don't like the film, I can take a bullet. I don't mind you talking about me, but I'm protective of my actors, because they bared their soul for me.
When I make movies, I don't ever go out there to please anyone other than myself. I never try to make a film for the masses. I just try to tell my story.
I don't want to sell my soul to Hollywood - to just make run-of-the-mill stuff.
Stars make money on real movies. They make big money on real movies. To come into my world, I've got some M&Ms and some potato chips, and I'm asking you to move furniture.
Every African-American I know has two faces. There's the face that we have for ourselves and the face we put on for white America for the places we have to get to.
I was always intrigued with European cinema, and hated most American cinema. I didn't like the one, two, three - boom! style, with a neat and tidy ending. That was never my scene.
America is fickle. You never know what they're going to go for.
At 19, I was in the streets making money. I was surviving.
'Empire' was a very traumatic experience for me. It was very schizophrenic, and it wasn't what I expected it to be.
I always question if somebody else is going to love my films. I think that's what art is about - it's so individual.
I believe strongly that characters are five-dimensional, and they're complicated, and life is complicated, and people are complicated.
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