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There's something really appealing about the simplicity of black-and-white images.
The spiral in a snail's shell is the same mathematically as the spiral in the Milky Way galaxy, and it's also the same mathematically as the spirals in our DNA. It's the same ratio that you'll find in very basic music that transcends cultures all over the world.
Every day I've got to be thankful that I am alive, and you never know - the cliche is, I guess, you could get hit by a bus tomorrow, so you'd better be at peace with whatever you got going at the moment.
I think some of the best actors ever were little kids.
When I started editing on my home computer, I said to myself, 'Well, I could be at home studying for a class or I could be at home editing a video.'
The most valiant thing you can do as an artist is inspire someone else to be creative.
While I'm not a celebrity, it's such a weird concept that society has cooked up for us. Astronauts and teachers are much more amazing than actors.
Supermarket tabloids and celebrity gossip shows are not just innocently shallow entertainment, but a fundamental part of a much larger movement that involves apathy, greed and hierarchy.
My dad never blew anything up, but he probably had friends who did. He and my mom have always preached that the pen is mightier than a Molotov cocktail.
Even today, in our progressive times, in most movies that come out, the men have to have biceps and the women have to be thin or something.
One thing that stays pretty consistent for all my jobs is, I listen to a lot of music while I'm working.
To me, a sex scene in a movie generally means a gratuitous scene that doesn't serve the story but gives a kind of excuse - we've got these two actors, we want to see them naked, so let's bring in the music and the soft light.
There's no royalty in America, so people deify actors.
As soon as you are trying to be funny or dramatic, that's when things start feeling fake and boring.
I mean, movies in general tend to sort of portray time, space and identity as these very solid things. Time moves forward. Space is what it is. You are you, and you're always you.
I just like to do work that inspires me, and I don't pay any attention to whether it's a high- or low-budget movie.
Making checklists of things you're looking for in a person is the numero uno thing you can do to guarantee you'll be alone forever.
Storytelling in general is a communal act. Throughout human history, people would gather around, whether by the fire or at a tavern, and tell stories. One person would chime in, then another, maybe someone would repeat a story they heard already but with a different spin. It's a collective process.
Most scripts are bad. I read a lot of them.
I was such a big Dustin Hoffman fan when I was young.
Hollywood has the idea that movies have to be dumb. But especially movies for or about teenagers have to be really dumb!
If you're going to put yourself above everybody else, you might end up alone.
I was just watching baby videos of me and I was obviously an exhibitionist.
When I was a teenager I loved acting, but I really just loved it for myself. I didn't like the fact that anyone else saw the work I was doing. When I moved to New York, I started to realize that I wanted people to see the stuff that I was doing, and I wanted it to mean something to them.
Ummm... well, the only thing I want to do is stuff with people who care about what they're doing, which sounds obvious, but it's really not.
Actors didn't use to be celebrities. A hundred years ago, they put the theaters next to the brothels.
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