I still get a lot of material but I find that as one gets older you get more fussy. You know you're going spend a year or a year and a half on this and you know there are only so many films in you so you get a little bit more selective.
Obviously, In The Heat Of The Night was a landmark movie because the timing was perfect. It was in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement.
Look, I'm just a storyteller. When I make a film, I never want the film to become a vehicle of social propaganda.
I think all Nazis didn't see themselves as bad people. I've never met a racist yet who thought he was a racist. Or an anti-Semite who thought they were anti-Semitic.
I try to find stories that I would think that everyone would find interesting, and just a good entertaining story, and then if I can find a story that has a raison d'etre behind it that I feel is important then that's the best for me.
But I've never met a racist yet who thinks he's a racist. That's always the disturbing thing about when we begin to look at ourselves.
I don't like to think that maybe I'm just getting old. I'm not too excited about watching a huge explosion. I'm more interested in people and characters.
But Madonna has a small amount of talent when it comes to movies.
Do what you're told, and everything will be all right.
I mean they're making remakes of my films and I'm not even dead yet! Why would you want to make a remake?
I think I've done pretty well. I've had about 46, or 47 nominations from my movies, and my films have won about 12 awards, so I don't have any complaints.
When the small independent film, which depends on its artistic appeal rather than wide commercial distribution by an MPAA member, is now denied access, the playing field becomes unfair and uneven.
Michael Caine is a movie star, but he's also a great actor. I can't say that about every movie star. It's the concentration he has.
A lot of American actors I work with are in character all day long. You can't talk to them. It's Method and the whole thing.
I'm in the mood for another Moonstruck experience, for another romantic comedy.
Moonstruck... was one of the few romantic comedies to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
I think you get better as you get older.
It's an entire industry focusing on young male viewers that want action and violence. They sell us something that isn't valid. They're selling films like a product.
I work with a lot of movie stars.
I was very disappointed that Denzel didn't win Best Actor for The Hurricane because I thought he deserved it.
The album for Fiddler really took off. I think it was a combination of John Williams and the score. It was a very classy big album.
Everything Sholom Aleichem talks about in his plays and his short stories is about people, family, man's relationship with his God, the breaking down of tradition.
We also have a tendency to root for the fugitive. We're always on the side of the animal being chased.
We live in an age of publicity and hype. There's something about success that dehumanizes you, whereas failure reminds you of who you really are.
The eradication of anti-personnel mines around the world is one of the most important tasks facing the international community.
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