• The director is the most important because, ultimately, as an actor, when you watch a movie, it looks like an actor is giving a performance, and they kind of are. But, what's actually happening is that an actor has given a bunch of ingredients over to a director, who then constructs a performance. That's movie-making.

    "Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Writer/Director Rian Johnson Talk LOOPER, Sci-Fi, and Transforming into Bruce Willis". Press conference, March 19, 2012.