I believe we need heroes...we need certain people who we can measure our own shortcomings by.
I passionately believe in heroes, but I think the world has changed its criteria in determining who it describes as a hero.
When asked what attribute he most admired in human nature, Mahatma Gandhi replied, simply and immediately, 'Courage'. 'Nonviolence', he said, 'is not to be used ever as the shield of the coward. It is the weapon of the brave.
I came from a family who believed in, in quotes, the Rights of Man, who believed that in order to justify the sort of luxurious life that the majority of us have, related to the whole world, that you had to do something.
I don't blame people for their mistakes, but I do ask that they pay for them.
I just love biography, and I'm fascinated by people who have shifted our destinies or our points of view.
There's nothing more important in making movies than the screenplay.
Art is not an elitist gift for a few select people. Art is for everyone.
I do care about style. I do care, but I only care about style that serves the subject.
At my age the only problem is with remembering names. When I call everyone darling, it has damn all to do with passionately adoring them, but I know I'm safe calling them that. Although, of course, I adore them too.
I want to be remembered as a storyteller.
I am passionately opposed to capital punishment, and I have been all my life.
Pier Angeli was in the movie called Sea of Sand that Guy Green directed where this idea came up.
I think Tom Paine is one of the greatest men that's ever lived.
I do not have a brain that I long for in dealing with matters of which I am ignorant, that don't come within my ken and a rationale, a reason, and argument and so on, and I can't do that and I'm not in that bracket at all.
And there are certain things, and they are evident, obviously, without being boring about it, but I mean obviously, the two evident and easy ones being Gandhi and Cry Freedom, there are things which I do care about very much and which I would like to stand up and be counted.
I can't write, I can't paint, I don't compose.
I'm a passionate trade unionist.
If you are directing, you have the opportunity to put your signature on the bottom of the frame. You have the opportunity to say, "This is what I believe. That is my credo. That is what I wish to state."
I prefer fact to fiction.
What I am sad about is that there is now, in America, no equivalent to the art circuit.
In other words, if you - the cost of promoting movies, the advertising and promotion of a movie, the budget is almost as large as the cost of the movie.
I was on my own union council for twenty-odd years.
On my last day of shooting, I'd be happy to say 'Cut, it's a wrap' and fall off the twig.
I don't read a great deal of fiction, to my shame, other than the classics.
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