My mom used to say that I became a fighter and a scrapper and a tough guy to protect who I am at my core.
You make movies for the people. If critics happen to like them too, well, that's a home run.
The whole year I was in LA I got into telemarketing and learned how to make money. Five years later that skill helped me make my first film.
What was bizarre, when I was younger, I never watched TV. I would rather watch a movie 100 times than to watch a TV show, just to find another nuance. I can't tell you how many times I've watched 'On the Waterfront', just to find a flaw so that I can learn and try to improve my thing.