Things that I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It's less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way.
Anybody with artistic ambitions is always trying to reconnect with the way they saw things as a child.
One person's crazyness is another person's reality.
I have a problem when people say something's real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. I've always been confused and never had a clearcut understanding of the meaning of those kinds of words.
People told me I couldn't kill Nicholson, so I cast him in two roles and killed him off twice.
Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else's dreams?
If I had a choice about going to a meeting at a studio or changing a nappy, I'd choose the nappy.
It's like getting into film - I didn't say early on, 'I'm going to become a filmmaker,' 'I'm going to show my work at MoMA.' When you start to think those things, you're in trouble.
It's good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way.
Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me.
My parents suffered from that ideal of a perfect nuclear family. They found that a difficult pressure, I think.
I've always been misrepresented. You know, I could dress in a clown costume and laugh with the happy people but they'd still say I'm a dark personality.
I wouldn't know a good script if it bit me in the face.
I never really got nightmares from movies. In fact, I recall my father saying when I was three years old that I would be scared, but I never was. I was much more terrified by my own family and real life, you know?
I always liked strange characters.
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