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When you're directing something, you absolutely have to be involved in all layers of the process.
Directing is really exciting. In the end, it's more fun to be the painter than the paint.
I mean, the shoe - there is a music to it, there is attitude, there is sound, it's a movement. Clothes - it's a different story. There are a million things I'd rather do before designing clothes: directing, landscaping.
The last few years I've been saying I was ready to quit. It wasn't that interesting to me. Now that I'm directing, it's all new again.
Directing is more what I would like to get into eventually. Frankly, I feel like it would be a waste if I didn't because I've spent so much time on film sets, and I know how they work, and I love them, and I love leading them. I would like to do that as a director definitely.
Directing a film was something I was yearning to do. I always wanted to see if I had the capacity to be a good storyteller.
Directing is much more satisfying to me than acting.
I'd already started directing short films when we were doing 'Lord of the Rings,' then videogame projects.
The whole chameleon thing about acting. That's why I'm moving towards directing - it's a much more healthy occupation.
Directing, I get all kinds of inspiration. It's working with people. It's a lot more fun.
I like directing. It takes a lot out of you, but I'd like to do it again - I just have to find a story I want to tell.
Yet, analytical truth is not as mysterious, or as secret, so as to not allow us to see that people with a talent for directing consciences see truth rise spontaneously.
Directing your first film is like showing up to the field trip in seventh grade, getting on the bus, and making an announcement, 'So today I'm driving the bus.' And everybody's like, 'What?' And you're like, 'I'm gonna drive the bus.' And they're like, 'But you don't know how to drive the bus.'
All the theories that acting is reacting to imaginary circumstances as though they are real, and directing is turning psychology into behavior, those are all stabs at something that can't be taught. All the great actors can't talk about what they do, and they don't want to begin to talk about it. They just do it.
I couldn't be 'Johnny' in front of a camera in acting jobs and behind the camera I like to be 'Michael.' With directing, you can't do it by halves. There's a lot of reflection, and I have found that I, as 'Michael,' thrive on it. It's lovely coming home and feeling that stuff from a day's work as myself.
I will never become a director or a movie producer. I was always looking at picture directing because I didn't know what to do! You can't be a movie director without real preparation.
Well, Toronto, I consider to be the birthplace of my films. I've made three films and this is the third one to premiere here in the same theater on the same day at the same time - they are my audience. They're the people that I think about while I'm writing, directing, and editing. I specifically make movies for them.
I had a certain career as an actor that I think was quite personal as well, and had a lot of integrity, but I wasn't writing my own things or directing my own movies.
Whether it's acting, directing or writing, I want to be involved in the film industry for the rest of my life.
How could you have had such a wonderful life as me if there wasn't a God directing?
I've always wanted to have the ability to do what I want to do. And there are so many things that I want to do because I love acting, I love directing, I love producing, I love being a mother, I love being a wife. If I had to choose one, just would put me in the crazy house.
Jada Pinkett Smith
Directing is too hard, it takes too much time, and it doesn't pay very well.
Every mind which has given itself to self-expression in art is aware of a directing agency outside its conscious control which it has agreed to label 'inspiration'.
I wouldn't take a directing job if I didn't think it was enriching life.
Acting is just playing the violin in an orchestra. Directing is being the conductor.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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