The way that a handful of corporations in Los Angeles dictate how our stories are told creates a real poverty of imagination and it's a big problem.
Everybody gets a little dose of Shakespeare. He's the greatest playwright in the English language, but his politics are fairly square.
I'm a good actor in that sense for directors because I always do what they say.
I thought that punk in its original state was a revolutionary movement. But like surrealism, it failed in its revolutionary attempt.
The greatest crime in a Shakespeare play is to murder the king.
The future is always a dystopia in movies.
Unfortunately my career began in Hollywood, doing a negative pickup for Universal pictures.
Artists make their work to be seen by others. Well, really we do it to please ourselves, but whatever your art is, you want it to be seen by an audience. In theory, especially in the independent world, ironically, you do stand a chance of making a bit of money if the film gets distribution.
Shakespeare, who is probably the greatest writer and poet of the English language, lived in a time that was politically very conservative and it's reflected in his writings.
You'd never have a motorcycle policeman out on the Indian reservation.
It's always nice when the eccentrics show up.
My film is intentionally political. And I think that's really the issue.
Justin Salinger showed up one day with a pink cowboy hat on and everyone else got really annoyed because somehow he'd managed to get the pink cowboy hat.
One of my contemporaries, a colorless chap who worked much harder at his law studies, is now Prime Minister.
You can't change the system through violence.
The original deal we made was that Walker would be treated like a regular movie, rather than an arthouse thing.
No, I did a film called 'Death and the Compass' as well.
In Goodfellas they have this one scene where the camera goes down some steps and walks through a kitchen into a restaurant and the critics were all over this as evidence of the genius of Scorsese and Scorsese is a genius.
Sorry, but there is no pleasure in finding new ways of saying the same stuff about projects which tanked.
I don't think about Hollywood at all.
I did not find my studies particularly enthralling.
Yeah, I'd be happy to go back to Mexico or Japan to make another film.
And Walker was made with a Mexican crew, although it was shot in Nicaragua.
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