Keanu thought he was Bill and I thought I was Ted. Then the assistant came out, and it was the opposite. Keanu just went gray, I said, What's wrong? 'And he said I really wanted to be Bill
The trick of making movies in this culture is how to not give up everything that makes them worthwhile in order to get them made - and that's a tricky balance.
Again, I don't have a high and mighty attitude about what I do, these just happen to be the kind of movies I want to make.
I just like movies that somehow expose the world in a way that's different than you imagine it.
I take a lot from everywhere. I take from music, architecture, novels, and plays. Anywhere that hits you.
I'm not trying to be some kind of underground renegade.
My favorite favorites are people like Bunuel, Fellini and Charlie Chaplin.
Keanu and I jokingly, cause he's still a really close friend of mine, say maybe when we're both 40 we'll do one.
Like I said about Freaked, people tend to find these films, and I think that in the end the cool thing about a movie is that it can be sort of burnt temporarily, but then it's burnt into the fabric of your culture.
We're in a time right now where there are so many pretty boy movies and TV shows out, that most of the actors that are in their late 20's are coming from those beefcake TV roles and they just don't have the chops.
I really love sort of classical cinema where people were telling stories with very little dialogue, and people were using the camera in a really interesting way.
I'm one of the few people who really like Eyes Wide Shut.
The thing about movies these days is that the commerce end of it is so inflated and financiers are just expecting this enormous return on their investment.
After living in LA for 8 years, I sort of wanted a change, but there's not much production in New York, which is where I primarily live, so I just sort of drifted over to London.
Same thing, like my commercials are often times really funny because I tend to find 30 seconds is a really good amount of time to tell a joke.