If you don't belong somewhere, that outsider status you have gives you perspective. Of course, another word for outsider is 'exile,' and that's not fun at all.
It's madness to hand in a script to a director, leave them alone, and for the director not to want the writer there with rehearsals and the shoot.
If you have distance from the events, then your story can work as an analogy or parable rather than its literal narrative.
Movies feel like work, and reading fiction feels like work, whereas reading nonfiction feels like pleasure.
I'm not an artist, and I want to take risks, and when the possibility of failure occurs, it's because the idea is all exciting or interesting as a high wire act, and sometimes you've got to fall off, just by virtue of the fact that you're constantly trying to evolve and do new things.
There are people who are bound journalistically to a code of ethics that means they can't quote something that isn't sourced, whereas what I do is entirely unsourced. I effectively fictionalise history and yet somehow aim at a greater truth.
Generally, I read nonfiction. There's very little fiction that I enjoy enough to spend my time reading. I am generally a nonfiction guy.
I wrote 'Hereafter' quickly and without mapping it out too much or being too schematic. As an exercise, I think that was incredibly important.
I am not a politics wonk. I like the idea of my writing reflecting more about who I am or other people.
The minute you become a leader of a country, you go into a very small club. You join that sort of pantheon of other world leaders.
I actually speak fluent German. And I live in Vienna, and I'm married to a Viennese woman.
I'm not good at fantasy, no. I have been offered stuff, and I can't get my head around it.
People test movies within an inch of their life so that the entire audience experience is a uniform one.
You can be far more challenging, articulate and intelligent writing for television than you can writing for the cinema.
You're either a person with a conscience, or you're not. I think I've got quite a fine conscience.
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