Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They're underused.
The world's not a very comfortable place if you have a nightmare to face.
Ethnic stereotypes are boring and stressful and sometimes criminal. It's just not a good way to think. It's non-thinking. It's stupid and destructive.
I always told my children when they whined... Only the boring are bored.
My idea in terms of managing a narrative, or in thinking in my creative life, is that you could easily argue that the past, the present and the future all occur simultaneously, and if you can postulate that, then you're not strictly bound to a linear narrative.
I know a lot of cowboys and I've done a little work on ranches with cattle, and those people become your friends, and keep their word.
Normal people with normal problems can be hilarious.
I think that no matter how much you don't like yourself or the drama of your life you can still find some comedy in it.
The most important question in American cinema, I've learned, is 'When is lunch?'
I'm a believer in belief. Faith is something that works - it causes people to do things, it has results. It's an intangible, indefinable, very real thing. And it moves people, sometimes to atrocity. And sometimes to survival.
As a child of West Texas, I identify with Hispanic culture every bit as much as I do North American culture.
I have nothing against interviews. I don't pursue them. When people I work for deem it appropriate, I'm perfectly willing to serve.
Characters with no integrity are just as interesting as characters with lots of integrity.
No director wants to be directed, but no good director... would shy away from the good ideas of others.
If military movies were automatically successful we'd make nothing but military movies. But seriously, patriotism is one thing that all Americans have in common.
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