Everybody's a filmmaker today.
Films are always pretentious. There's nothing more pretentious than a filmmaker.
I felt that the Star Wars series became very pretentious as time went on. Just heavy and leaden.
Egotism is not a good quality. It's not something to be admired or even tolerated. It wouldn't be tolerated in a field commander and it shouldn't be tolerated in a movie director.
The people that really pass judgment on you really have nothing to do with what you do, usually.
Charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500.
Also, they don't understand - writing is language. The use of language. The language to create image, the language to create drama. It requires a skill of learning how to use language.
I find that screenwriting is at best kind of a hackwork in some ways.
I mean, the old film critics just excoriated me.
No, you're either born a writer, a storyteller, or you're not.
I'm the barbarian of Hollywood.
To be a good executive you have to be strong, and you have to have a simple attribute that people have forgotten about - courage.
Most artists think they're frauds anyway.
Writing requires a great deal of skill, just like painting does. People don't want to learn those skills.
There is a certain kind of respect for authenticity today that there wasn't back in the days when they did 'Cleopatra,' where everything looked like a giant motel. People want to have it be authentic in the look, and authentic in the way people behave.
I've always had trouble with authority.
I suppose when I started out I would have liked to have been the darling of critics or something, but everybody wants to be loved and admired.
Matter of fact, the style that people use today, I invented in a way.
I hardly said a word to my wife until I said 'yes' to divorce.
A lot of directors don't know what they want to do. Every director I've seen that was a good director that I've admired knew exactly what he wanted to do. They didn't sit there and think about it.
A lot of people thought of me as a threat to Western civilization.
I also thought of myself as the Sonny Barger of the film industry.
I may not be the strongest guy or the most well armed, but you can put me in a room with a pencil and a piece of paper and I can kill anybody.
The filmmakers always have a great level of control.
I was never conscious of my screenplays having any acts. It's all bullshit.
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