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I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.
I love actors. That's my bread and butter, and I got to work with some amazing ones on '12 Years'.
When I did 'The Great Escape,' I kept thinking, 'If they were making a movie of my life, that's what they'd call it - the great escape.'
I learned that life is a long and difficult road, but you have to keep going, or you'll fall by the wayside.
I need to have a reason why I'm doing something. Otherwise I'm lost.
I'm the kind of person who likes to create the environment and mindset - not because I do it deliberately, but because that's how I like to live - where, from catering to makeup to hair to wardrobe, electricians, camera department lighting, sound, you know, it's our movie; we're together, and we have that camaraderie and that closeness.
I'm about challenging people. Like, properly challenging them and their assumptions.
I'm not sure that acting is something for a grown man to be doing.
I can't work in an environment where it's a stiff hierarchy; that's not my kind of way.
I just see myself as a guy who's trying to make a film or, make art.
I'm certainly not who people think I am. I always do whatever I want to do, and my films are personal to me.
I'm not that interesting of a person.
My influences come from real life. I'm not interested in cinema for cinema's sake. I'm interested in life - what one does and how one interacts.
I'm not a great actor - let's face it. I don't have a great deal of scope. There are certain things I can do, but when I'm bad, I stink. There's something about my shaggy dog eyes that makes people think I'm good. I'm not all that good.
I love creating images, of course, because I'm an artist.
Audiences make their minds up about people they see on screen, just like they do in real life. That's what fascinates me in film. You see a character and have to think: is this person different to what I assumed he was when I first saw him?
I'm a filmmaker, so I always think: When is the breaking point? Sometimes you've got to go beyond the breaking point, and then you catch it. When is long enough? It's one of those things you have to look at, walk away, and go home and find out what it is.
Politics will take care of itself. I'm interested in people who are involved in the situations that politicians create. Politics is taken care of by politicians - they're not filmmakers.
Film is important; it can be more than reportage or a novel - it creates images people have never seen before, never imagined they'd see, maybe because they needed someone else to imagine them.
I don't do storyboarding, ever; I'm not interested in that.
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