Well, I took a sabbatical. I walked away from shooting movies because I couldn't handle the travel. I'm a single parent. I had young kids, and I found that keeping in touch with them from hotel rooms and airports wasn't working for me. So I stopped.
I pulled out of making movies in about '96 or '97.
Evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.
I always find it flattering when somebody recognizes me.
Its just I fell into a bunch of movies that kind of fit in my life. It made sense to do them in the 80s. Folks who know me think its hilarious.
My own personal taste in films as a member of the audience was not completely in line with films I was doing.
On the last couple of movies I made - big-budget Hollywood movies - I really missed being able to create my own material.
I don't limit my taste. There's some jazz that I like and there's some opera. I've been listening to what was essentially country music, but it crossed over to rock.
What we see is what they're trying to sell us.
I don't think I've ever had a plan or direction for myself. I've actually made decisions based more on what I didn't want to do than what I wanted to do.
I had spent years working in radio at different stations in Toronto; I wasn't in the stage company of Second City.
I think that I recall the nostalgic '50s: the start of early television and rock-and-roll, and I think everything seemed to get very generic. Not much has changed.
And I discovered after a couple years that I really didn't miss making movies.
Well, whether it's on film or on TV, you don't want to throw too many curves at your audio and video guys.
About a year ago, out of the blue, I just wrote a bunch of songs.
And we had the perhaps unfair advantage of not having to worry about what an audience was gonna think. We were in a vacuum. We were making little short films, really.
When I got to filmmaking, the most democratic of environments where anybody could say anything, those were the best environments, but what you don't want to assume is that you know what the audience is thinking.
A few years ago, I decided I wanted to be home with my family.
The actual process of filmmaking, the many hours out of your life- it is very slow and boring. I'm not interested in that now unless an opportunity was provided for me.
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