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When I choose projects, I don't stipulate between film or theatre or television. I receive scripts and I read scripts - and when I read a script that's good, I then get married to it and talk to my agent about what happens next.
Good scripts and interesting stories are hard enough to find.
I've received some English-speaking scripts, but I was not interested in them.
I learned how to write television scripts the same way I have learned to do almost everything else in my entire life, which is by reading.
I feel lucky, though, because even when 'Alias' was popular, I was still sent scripts against type. I've never felt like the world only sees me one way. But yes, it's been really fun to be bad.
I can't read scripts any more because of the trouble with my eyes.
A lot of scripts that I was given I didn't feel were right for me, because I didn't feel anything for them - I didn't feel like I was going to change in life and start directing.
Sometimes the characters I find the most compelling are in independent movies. With independent scripts people can take more challenges.
I sort of love reading the scripts and going, 'Oh wow, what a great idea. I never would have thought of that.'
I was reading through endless junk scripts that were being sent my way. Typically the roles were to play his wife or his girlfriend - leading roles for women were few and far between.
A lot of the websites built through the 1990s used Perl. The first webmaster of Sun Microsystems coined a wonderful phrase. He said Perl is the duck tape of the Internet - it's this language that people would write all these scripts that make things just work.
I won't read scripts because I have a limited amount of time. Why should I help other people do lame stuff when I can just go out and put on lame stuff of my own?
I started writing movie scripts. They excited me a lot, but I didn't like them when they were finished because they were simple copies of the films I saw in childhood.
It's really interesting with scripts, because you never really know. It's paper and it could be great or awful. Even scripts that are good could end up not working.
I feel that I don't have to wait around for good scripts anymore, that I can get things moving more quickly. I can ring up directors I like and say I'm keen to work with them, which is pretty great.
I look at scripts really for whether they can be moving or penetrate some kind of truth. You are constantly chasing that feeling as an actor when every part of a production comes together.
I was looking to become more proactive with my career because I wasn't crazy with some of the scripts I was getting - this was before Blow and Hannibal - so I decided to start my own production company.
Even though I am a lifelong 'Doctor Who' fan, I've not played him since I was nine. I downloaded old scripts and practised those in front of the mirror.
Scripts don't get movies made.
'Police Story' had some of the best writing on television, and one reason for that is because most of the scripts were based on real cases.
If I write scripts that nobody likes, I don't think we'll be doing 'True Detective.'
You try to go where the great scripts are, if you can, or you go where the not great scripts are, because that's what's being offered to you.
Alexander Payne's very specific. His scripts are always complete when you start working on them.
When I was in school, I was always writing scripts and dressing up as characters. I'd constantly be that guy who'd get up on stage. I used to write imaginary TV shows, like soap operas, for fun.
When I first read the script a few years ago I thought it was one of the best written scripts I had ever read.
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