Even the most despicable person is still a human being.
I'm in Stockholm in my office. I just got here after seeing my eighth child on an ultrasound, so I'm in a good mood. It's beautiful: an energetic little skeleton.
I treat everyone as equals. I can't work if I'm not having fun, and I can't have fun if not everyone is happy.
I played a heap of snow in a school play. I was under a sheet, and crawled out when spring came. I often say I'll never reach the same artistic level again.
The way I look at humanity, I don't think there's good guys or bad guys. We're all potentially bad and potentially good.
One of the beauties of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' is the very delicate and strange relationship between the two main characters.
It takes a long time to make me beautiful, but it goes fast to make me ugly.
Casting a film, you can have the greatest actors in a film and it doesn't work. It's a combination of all of the elements.
Norwegian kids, they grow up well educated in film. So they have a lot of good directors there.
All directors are control freaks and very obsessive. I get the feeling that directors as kids, they all have had a childhood with not too much contact with other kids. They constructed their own reality and they continue to do it. It's a funny breed, directors.
Norway is a small country, about half the size of Sweden, but it has a very good film climate because they have municipal cinemas, so even in the smallest towns you have a cinema that shows art house films from all over the world.
There is no overacting, only untrue acting.
I love having 30 shots of every scene.
I never help my kids and I never encourage them and I never give them any advice.
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