It's easy to be a backseat driver. It's even easier to be a backseat driver when you're not even in the same car.
It has absolutely no meaning to me to be an executive producer on a film that I have nothing to do with except come to the wrap party or the premiere on; it's just meaningless.
Nobody sets out to make a bad film, but so many of those compromises are made and often they're made because of vanity, pride and ego.
It's so dense, every single image has so many things going on.
Every single frame, every single shot in the movie, has a digital effect.
You have to be producing to be able to be called a producer.
The only way I can stop people from stealing is also not to steal myself, and it's one of the most difficult things.
Most people who love movies and kind of understand the process realize that if you do a character like Gollum or Jar Jar or any major digital character, that costs twice as much as having Tom Cruise in a movie.
I don't have to do emails, I don't have to protect myself about anything, I don't have any chain of command. My job is just to try and give everybody the tools that they need to express themselves.
The average film has eight or ten producers on it. That is just in a world that would be unthinkable to me, because to me, to really be a producer of a film, you have to be a line producer.
There's so many people that are interested in film and especially in terms of the technology side of film, that suddenly the fruits of everybody's labor is really starting to manifest itself all across the planet.
Producers don't really publicize movies.
You need somebody to have the idea, you need somebody who can deal with the studio and the normal things, but it's too different of a credit. That credit is usually given to the executive producer. It's not the producer.
One of the great things is, you're never a producer unless you're making a movie.
We're hoping that in three or four years time, we'll have to never have to answer another question regarding 'Star Wars,' ... With the series, we're trying to do 100 hours worth and answer every single thing anybody has ever dreamed of, thought of, imagined or hoped for.
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