When I was a kid, I went through the whole process of reading great literature and trying to be very widely read.
A hero can only be as good as the bad guy.
I got to know Australians well working on the 'Mad Max' franchise with director George Miller.
I used to be a journalist.
I've always had a great affection for espionage stories. I like weaving them, and I like thrillers.
It doesn't take much to get a high profile in Australia.
Movies are a team sport now, and I want to play singles.
On a deeper level, I think many stories - especially thrillers - can be a journey to the heart of darkness.
The natural milieu I inhabit is more in epic storytelling.
The problem with movies is you are over-rewarded for the work you do. It's hard to give up, and I got used to a certain lifestyle.
We all have to take responsibility for what we say and do.
When I was 10, my father had to go to the local library to sign a release form stating that I was allowed to borrow books from the adult section.
I have nothing but praise for J. K. Rowling. Her contribution - apart from the books themselves, obviously - is showing writers how to interact with the 21st Century.
I think I can speak with a degree of authority... today, the biggest driving force of movies is pace; God help you if you try to put in a scene that is about character and not plot.
I went to Australia from England when I was right at that age when you learn to read. It's a very confronting thing, traveling halfway around the world and having a mother who was deeply unhappy at ending up in Australia, so you look for some way to find comfort, I guess, and I found it in books.
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