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It all starts with the script: it's not worth taking myself away from my family if I don't have something I'm really passionate about.
Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.
I thought 'Borat' was a breakthrough comedy, because it was really funny. It wasn't some studio-produced script with 14 writers.
I would love to sign on to do a movie if it was the right role and if it was the right script, because I would be taking time away from music to tell a big grand story, and spend all of my time and pouring all of my emotions into being someone else. So for me to do that, it would have to be a story worth telling.
The possibilities are infinite with new writing; every time you open a new script, there's no limit to what it might contain.
I was very happy sitting alone at a dining room table, writing a script.
One of the nice things about the world of filmmaking is that you make friends in the business. Sometimes directors feel a script needs something, but they're not sure what it is, so they show it to a friend; if the friend is a writer, he ends up kicking around with that script for a while.
I've turned down jobs because I've said, 'Honestly, I can't find my way in. I can't do it. I love you, as a director. I think the script is good. You deserve better than I think I can do.'
You can't start a movie by having the attitude that the script is finished, because if you think the script is finished, your movie is finished before the first day of shooting.
Every time I try to retire, or even think of retiring from acting, my agent comes up with a script.
To make the script, you need ideas, and for me a lot of times, a final script is made up of many fragments of ideas that came at different times.
What I do is just go over and over and over my lines and learn the script so well that I can just be easy and relaxed. That's the way I always work.
I can now tell from the envelope whether or not it is a good script.
The thing I noticed about Jack was when we did a reading of the script, just to warm up.
I would consider doing any part as long as the script is good and the film has an interesting director.
If it's a modern-day story dealing with certain ethnic groups, I think I could open up certain scenes for improvisation, while staying within the structure of the script.
My approach to acting is that I am totally intuitive. I read the script and I get it. If I don't get it, I can't do it.
When you have a good script you're almost in more trouble than when you have a terrible script.
Robert Downey, Jr.
I didn't realize that, in doing a documentary, there is this process of discovery. It's not like a film or a play with a set script. It sort of reveals itself.
Sin and forgiveness and falling and getting back up and losing the pearl of great price in the couch cushions but then finding it again, and again, and again? Those are the stumbling steps to becoming Real, the only script that's really worth following in this world or the one that's coming.
A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue.
There are a lot of roles in Shakespeare, basically. If I feel that the script is a movie, I would be interested in doing any role of Shakespeare's.
I liked it because it was such a dangerous script and showed just what human beings are capable of. Here was a movie in which Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, who always win in every movie they ever do, simply don't win. I felt that was outrageous for a commercial movie.
I only sound intelligent when there's a good script writer around.
And of course to work with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, and work with a wonderful, beautiful script directed by Nancy Meyers, it was really for me a dream come true.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
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