I'm not afraid to play ugly - look at 'Adaptation.' I looked like a turd that a cat had coughed up.
'Knowing' is one of those movies where you're going to get the spectacle, and you're going to have the entertainment in the grand science fiction tradition. But also, it will perhaps stimulate some discussion to help you sort out on your own where you might choose to go in terms of your own needs. Now, I say that without preaching.
I try to make two movies a year. To me, that's not too much. On top of that, I like to work.
I know what it's like to meet someone you admire and have them be a complete jerk.