Casting is 65 percent of directing.
There are two things I will never do in my life. I will never climb Mount Everest, and I will never work with Val Kilmer again. There isn't enough money in the world.
The importance of the assistant director cannot be overemphasized.
The accolades usually come when you're dead or too old to get a job
I think that you can't make a movie without a script. But you also can't make movies without actors. You also can't make movies without technicians. And there has to be just one person in charge of everybody, and to me that one person is the director.
I've found that the more experts you have on a movie, the less control the director has.
I look at actors very closely. It's not an accident when the actors excel.
First, speaking for myself, I don't want to ever be in a position where I'm telling other directors how to make movies, because I don't think it's any of my business.
Historically the director has been the key creative element in a film and we must maintain that. We must protect that, in spite of the fact that there is new technology that's continually trying to erode that.
I think I've made some pretty decent films in the '80s and '90s.
I think all great actors - and I don't classify myself as one of them, incidentally - but I think all great actors listen well and I've learned that from a lot of the very good actors with whom I've worked - to really listen to what people say.
The whole thing of this business is to retain your enthusiasm and, in a sense, retain your innocence and try to practice as much humility as possible.
If you don't cast well, you can be in real trouble.
One of the first lessons you learn as an actor is to listen.
So I've had really great assistant directors for my last seven movies.
The first assistant director is just so important that the choice of that person is critical to the movie.
The first thing I can really tell you is I really love the work.
I really, really love directing films.
I mean, this whole digital revolution is really eroding the director's importance on a movie because, number one, just from a practical standpoint, with floppy disks and the ability to put all of the film onto a disk, more people have access to the movie.
One of the other things I think that I've been able to do in my life, is to listen well
The world is full of beautiful girls. But they're not Angelina Jolie. She's fun, honest, intelligent, gorgeous and divinely talented. She brings a hell of a lot to the party.
And I kind of feel that I have a responsibility to the people that invest their time and money with me to show up on the set every day and do the best of which I am capable.
If you cast the picture correctly, you have a whole lot of leeway. You can make mistakes in other aspects but pull it off with the right actors.
I feel that my job is to create an atmosphere where creative people can do their best work.
It's very eclectic, the way one chooses subjects in the movie business, especially in the commercial movie business. You need to develop material yourself or material is presented to you as an assignment to direct.
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