You want to be entertaining to some degree. But honesty is always entertaining to me.
I was too crazy in my teenage years and I wasn't doing anything that made any sense.
If actors are making a little film with me at 2am in Nashville, they're not doing it to get paid. They're doing it because there's something special about the characters, which helps the film become more interesting.
Whether I'm writing the script, or someone else writes the initial draft, I'm always an actor's director first. I always try to listen to them a lot, and try to put their voices into their character.
I know that some great actors can transform, and that's fine. But I come from the school of thought that people put a version of themselves in their films.
I like to see people put themselves into films, which is part of the reason why I love Woody Allen films so much - I believe his actors' work. I have a feeling that many actors in his films are similar to their characters, and I like that.
To me, the screenplay only becomes the Bible of the film after the actors have been cast.
I'm such a fan of actors, and also enjoy watching them work, so that I can help their acting in any way I can.
I spent a lot of time making music and touring around the country and living the weird life. I was just trying to keep a job and get by. So in a lot of ways, I went through a strange version of film school. So you live through a lot of things, and put them into your work.
People who go to festivals to watch films are usually a little more eager to enjoy them. It's exciting, because it's like you're going to the film's opening night at every festival.
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